Guinea Pigs Seem To Be Getting Along Well

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My two pigs have been introduced before, they didn't get along well at all. (They started chattering, chasing after and each other and rising up on their haunches and I was not risking a fight, whether it's normal, or not) After this, I waited about a week and reintroduced them by bathing them together and there was not chattering, or fighting, so I put them in a fresh cage together. Now, one guinea pig walks around chattering and "strutting" while the other acts normal, are they okay? Is the whole "Fear me, foul beast" process over between the two?
 

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How long have they been reintroduced for? If its a few days, sounds like they're doing fine and if it's a few hours, just keep an eye on them. My two fell out after a bad fight but will spend a few hours together after a cage clean before getting annoyed with each other and trying to fight again. When they wake up from the first nap together is the most pressing time.

I'm sure other more experienced members will be along shortly with more advice :)

Well done for reintroducing them so well and best of luck, really hope they can be friends :)
 

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My two pigs have been introduced before, they didn't get along well at all. (They started chattering, chasing after and each other and rising up on their haunches and I was not risking a fight, whether it's normal, or not) After this, I waited about a week and reintroduced them by bathing them together and there was not chattering, or fighting, so I put them in a fresh cage together. Now, one guinea pig walks around chattering and "strutting" while the other acts normal, are they okay? Is the whole "Fear me, foul beast" process over between the two?
You have to wait and sit it out, but so far, it sounds like fairly normal dominance for this stage. As long as they haven't had a full-out fight with deep bites, you are still in with a chance.
You need to sit it out this time, though. Bonding is a process that takes actually several days to up to ca. two weeks until a relationship has been fully established. Unlike with sows or cross gender bondings, once you have committed to a bonding, you cannot separate halfway through once you have got past initial acceptance into the dominance phase. It is unfortunately rather nerve wracking riding the tiger!
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/dominance-behaviours-in-guinea-pigs.28949/
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/illustrated-bonding-behaviours-and-dynamics.128361/
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/introducing-and-re-introducing-guinea-pigs.38562/
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/boars-bullying-fighting-fall-outs-and-what-next.127295/
 
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