Introduncing an new piggie

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Cavy2009

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I have a sow who is now living by herself because her hutch buddy has has to be PTS. When would it be safe to introduce another sow to her?

Or should I just leave her by herself and move her cage next to her bothers cages so that she can still see them?
 

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A few weeks. How old is she? Is she a bossy pig or a laid back pig. Bossy pig might be better with an older laid back pig or a youngster but a laid back pig might be happy with anyone. Have you thought of getting a neutered boy?
 

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She is a bossy pig. She likes to pick fights with boars. That's the reason why I haven't put her in with her neutred brothers.

She is going to be a tricky one.

PS she is nearly 2 years old.
 

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Hi! The best thing you could do, is taking her to a specialist guinea pig rescue that allows you to bring your girl for some dating - either a sow or a neutered boar of any age will do, provided the chemistry is there!

I have that way successfully rebonded a three year old sow to another one of the same age (both had lost their respective mates and were moving in with together with the ease of old sisters being reunited, even though they had never met before) and I have also bonded a 3 1/2 year old sow to a 12 month old boar - that turned out to be a very loving relationship that lasted until my old girl died; Dizzy had the choice of three boars, but clicked only with one of them (my Llewelyn, who is still with me). Both have been exceptionally good and caring relationships.

Here is the link to the guineapigrehome website:
http://www.guineapigrehome.org.uk/gp/centres.asp

Best of luck - I have found that it pays to ring up as many rescues in my reach, so I could start with the one with the biggest choice of possible candidates.
 

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I will give her a bit of time ( and me). I will draw up a list of possible centres and ring up to find out.

After what happened with Mirtle and Gertie who should have been boys, but both ending up being sows and one pregnant, I would never buy again.

It never occurred to me that there would be rescue centres for piggies.

I might try Squeaky Pigs in Castleton

Thanks
Cavy2009 xx
 

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We went through this last summer... we had a bonded pair of sows and one of them died pretty unexpectedly. We got a younger sow (we watched her in with her littermates and she seemed not be an aggressive one, which was part of our criteria for choosing her. We didn't want to stick two 'queen bees' together!) We quarantined her in a separate cage in a separate room for two weeks. After that, we put the cages where they could see and hear each other and let them get to know each other from a distance. When we introduced them, we took them both out of the cages and let them meet each other on neutral ground... introductions actually went really well since I think Linney (our first pig who lost her friend) was REALLY lonely on her own. She was popcorning all over, she seemed so happy to have company! However she would not accept Sundae in her cage until we scrubbed the whole thing down with vinegar and rearranged the bowls and pigloos and made it 'new.' At that point they moved into the same cage and we really had no issues... my six year old daughter says they are 'BFFs forever!' LOL! Good luck with the introductions... if you know you have a bit of a bossy one to find a friend for, I would just try to find a friend who doesn't have those tendancies herself.
 

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I have a bossy, boar hating 3 year old who will soon be looking for a new friend after her and Daisy have got over the worst of their greif after loosing Rosie. I will be looking for a laid back older girl as I think that is all Poppy will accept. Perhaps you could find a nice laid back young lady who will let your lonesome pig be boss.
 

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How would you tell if they're laid back? Obviously ask the handlers?
This is going to be fun xrolleyes
 
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