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Lil3piggies

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Hi everyone, I've just come to check on the piggies and Arlo has got a bitten ear! Il post a photo but you can't see it clearly, there's a bit of blood. What should I do :( do I have to separate them or not? I have 3 boars and they are currently in a hutch together but inside. I'll try and attach a photo
 

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Hi! If necessary, take the third boy out and gently disinfect the wound with some saline solution either from the pharmacy or made at home by stirring 1 teaspoon of salt into half a pint/250 ml of boiled cooled water.

Unfortunately three baby boars is a recipe for disaster; about 90% of baby boar trios won't make it to adulthood together. Yours have obviously got into trouble already during their hierarchy sort-out. He is a baby, so of course he is a bit shaken. See how your boys are tomorrow on neutral ground outside the hutch.

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Hi! If necessary, take the third boy out and gently disinfect the wound with some saline solution either from the pharmacy or made at home by stirring 1 teaspoon of salt into half a pint/250 ml of boiled cooled water.

Unfortunately three baby boars is a recipe for disaster; about 90% of baby boar trios won't make it to adulthood together. Yours have obviously got into trouble already during their hierarchy sort-out. He is a baby, so of course he is a bit shaken. See how your boys are tomorrow on neutral ground outside the hutch.

Boars: Bullying, Fighting, Fall-outs And What Next?
Illustrated Bonding / Dominance Behaviours And Dynamics
First Aid Kit For Guinea Pigs
Thanks so much! I separated them for the night as I was petrified they'd hurt each other again and when I checked in the morning Archie had somehow got to Arlo and they seemed fine, but I separated them again as I was going to work and I'm really worried. Home now and they seem okay but do you think they will be ok having floor time together? When should I reintroduce them do you think? Thanks for the advice!
 

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IMG_9741.PNG IMG_9742.PNG This is his ear - a little blood but he doesn't seem bothered.
 

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Thanks so much! I separated them for the night as I was petrified they'd hurt each other again and when I checked in the morning Archie had somehow got to Arlo and they seemed fine, but I separated them again as I was going to work and I'm really worried. Home now and they seem okay but do you think they will be ok having floor time together? When should I reintroduce them do you think? Thanks for the advice!
To be honest, they sound like it was just an accident and not a fight, so they should be OK. Just keep an eye on them for a few hours. With boars you notice quite quickly if there are problems; they are much more upfront than sows.

In the longer term, you will have to likely separate your boars. Ideally you aim for a pair of the two boys that get on best and find another solution (all options are discussed in detail in my fall out guide) for the third one before you end up with three boars that won't get on with each other. Right now, the urge for company is still more dominant as the testicles have not descended, but that will change in a few weeks.
 

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hi,i would maybe read the guides Wiebke has given you links to.they have alot of explained information to help you.If blood has been drawn it is unlikely they will go back together.3 young boars is a recipie for dissator ! you can try again in a completely new area with hay in the middle,no hidies so no one can get trapped.good luck !
 
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