New Guinea Owner, Help&tips

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Hello! I am new to owning guinea pigs. I've had everything under the sun and this is my first time having guinea pigs. Last week I got a male 2 month old guinea pig and named him gus and today I got another 2 month old male guinea pig from the same place and named him Gibby. Now I have been reading up and it says they popcorn when excited or happy and Gus, the one I got first has been popcorning all the time. They've been running around together all afternoon and cuddling up, but also Gus has been following Gibby around, making these purring noises then mounting him. Gibby hasn't purred as much nor has he mounted Gus yet but he will follow Gus around. Is this normal? Any tips on keeping two boar guinea pigs?
 

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Hello! I am new to owning guinea pigs. I've had everything under the sun and this is my first time having guinea pigs. Last week I got a male 2 month old guinea pig and named him gus and today I got another 2 month old male guinea pig from the same place and named him Gibby. Now I have been reading up and it says they popcorn when excited or happy and Gus, the one I got first has been popcorning all the time. They've been running around together all afternoon and cuddling up, but also Gus has been following Gibby around, making these purring noises then mounting him. Gibby hasn't purred as much nor has he mounted Gus yet but he will follow Gus around. Is this normal? Any tips on keeping two boar guinea pigs?
Hi and welcome!

The behaviour is very normal and positive for two sub-teenage boys; it is just the kind of bonding and in some boar pairs daily behaviour that you want to see!

We have got an information bundle for new owners, which combines the answers for the most often asked questions with some important need-to-know information that most new owners are not aware of. A good part of it is devoted to understanding their instinats, bonding behaviour and how to make friends with your piggies in terms that they instinctively understand, as well as learning what is normal and what not. You may find the guide collection very helpful and interesting: New Owners' " How To" Starter Kit
You can find more information at the top of our various Care sections, but are most welcome to ask any questions along the way in there. We'll answer them all!

Since we have got members from all over the world, we find it very helpful if you please added your country, state/province or UK county to enable to tailor any advice and recommendations to what is available and relevant where you are straight away istead of keeping it as general as possible. Click on your username on the top, then go to personal details and scroll down to location. This makes it appear underneath your username in every post you make. In the same section you can also upload your avatar; that is the picture that shows with every post you make. Thank you!
 

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Hello! I am new to owning guinea pigs. I've had everything under the sun and this is my first time having guinea pigs. Last week I got a male 2 month old guinea pig and named him gus and today I got another 2 month old male guinea pig from the same place and named him Gibby. Now I have been reading up and it says they popcorn when excited or happy and Gus, the one I got first has been popcorning all the time. They've been running around together all afternoon and cuddling up, but also Gus has been following Gibby around, making these purring noises then mounting him. Gibby hasn't purred as much nor has he mounted Gus yet but he will follow Gus around. Is this normal? Any tips on keeping two boar guinea pigs?
This is completely normal. It is called rumblestrutting. They are showing dominance that's all
 
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