Introducing one boar to two bonded sows

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Hi. I have 2 bonded sows that have been living together since babies, they are 3 yrs now. They have been happily sharing their cage and always got along very well. Recently I have adopted a boar which has lost his wife ( previous owners never neutered him and the wife died whilst pregnant). My plan was to neuter him, build a larger cage and place them all together. But I wanted to see if he would be accepted before. I followed all the steps (neutral grounds/ mesh between Benny and the other two and so on). But things don't seem to go well at all and the girls (Lizzy and Pippa) started to attack each other when they see Benny. They have inflicted small wounds to each other. However when they are just one on one with Benny they are not so aggressive to him (even though there is a bit of theet chattering and chasing). After the first fight between the sows, I let everything calm down and now they are both happily in their cage eating and sleeping. Does anyone ecperienced the same thing? Is there any possibility to have the 3 livibg together or is the best just to leave them in 2 different cages? Thanks in advance
 

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Are you saying that either or both of the sows has been in direct contact with him? If so there is a potential risk that they are pregnant. Boars take only moments to do the deed.
 

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Hi. Thank yoy for replying. Most of the time was with a mesh in between but Benny knock it down a few times but both girls don't even let him near. So I don't think that is a possibility. Unless I have overseen something cause I have always been close by.
 

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Please make sure he cannot get to the girls again until you have had him neutered and he is a full 6 weeks post neuter. A small piece of mesh is insufficient to keep a boar from sows. Full separation is required.

In the meantime unless you are absolutely sure that he has not made contact with either of them you will need to put both on pregnancy watch.
 

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Ok I was not considering putting them together again: first because of the fights and second because of the risk of pregnancy. Now I am a bit scared that I have missed something. I truly hope he wasn't able to do anything. I didn't think they would be so quick.
What should I be looking for in terms of "pregnancy watch"?
 

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Just saying welcome to the forum.
The experts will support you all the way if your girls are pregnant
 

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Thank you. I really don't want them to be pregnant cause I am scared they will die since they are not not young. Anyway I am confident there hasn't been such close contact ( at least under my watch) but again my boyfriend just told me he let them run loose on the first week and at the time it seemed they were getting along better (no fights) but he tried to get to close and they told him off. After that the girls started fighting everytime they see Benny. The first time he was walking outside their cage and they were inside with doors closed, and Lizzy lunged at Pippa (a bit fur flew). Today I had them in the kitchen floor with a mesh between and once they saw Benny, the girls started to fight between each other but this time they caused small wounds to each others lips. I am not sure if I should neuter Benny and try introducing him again after this. Mby they will just have to live in separate cages and be happy with that. I am afraid to making go through an operation for nothing. Any thoughts?
 
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