I have 2 boars with strange behavior. Will this pass or is it permenant?

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I've had a 2 year old coronet guinea pig, for a while, and he was recently introduced to my baby guinea pig, Nibbler.

The coronet will follow Nibbler, rumbling and strutting, but when Nibbler gets physical with him, the coronet lightly clicks his teeth.
The coronet never hurts Nibbler, but he gives him the clicking. This only happens a couple times a day, and they both get over it quickly. For the most part they seem affectionate to each other.

They've only been together a few days.

Will this behavior pass?

I have an extra cage just in case I need to separate them, but they seem fine.

Over 90% of the time they are quite happy together, and I would hate to separate them.

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Hi and welcome to the forum :)
This is normal behaviour, it's the dominance thing.......... your Coronet (name?) is the older piggie so he's just saying to little Nibblet.....hey there i'm the boss........but Nibblet is also trying to figure out if he can perhaps just maybe be the boss too :{
Watch them carefully hopefully they'll be ok
Did you start originally in a neutral territory? cause remember everything before was your Coronet's stuff...... Nibbler is the interloper rolleyes
Have a look around on here we've had many people discuss pairings.....it can be done, but patience and watchfulness is a must :)
Best of luck xxxxxxxxxxxx

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It all sounds pretty normal to me. It sounds to me like your older boy is showing his dominance to the younger boy. It doesn't sound like much aggression is happening but continue to monitor them for the next few days. This thread on boar behaviour may be beneficial to you :) http://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=28949
 
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It wouldn't be territorial. The coronet had his own cage, but once I bought the baby, they moved into a new cage twice the size.

Usually they purr at each other, but sometimes the coronet seems to get bit annoyed at Nibbler's shenanigans.

I tried to type my coronet's name but it got censored for some reason.

His name is ****gy, which is probably censored -_-

I'll give you a hint; it's the name of the blond hippy from Scooby Doo.
 

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As has been said it is normal behaviour. When Nibbler mounts S h a g g y he's responding with the chattering of teeth which is a warning to say STOP.

S h a g g y being the older has to estabilish his dominance over Nibbler & this is displayed by chasing, strutting, mounting etc. & their new cage is a new territory to lay claim to & a strict heirachy has to be established.
Do you have one of each of everything for them? ie 2 pigloos, food bowls, water bottles; this gives less for them to fall out over.

It's a good sign that they get over it quickly & it will die down once S h a g g y feels Nibbler has got the message that he is boss.

The only time separation should happen is if wounds are inflicted (blood is drawn) or one is being bullied & becomes withdrawn, depressed or is stopped from eating/drinking.
 
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