Newpiggiemom

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Hi everyone, I stumbled across this site after my endless google searching and I’m glad I can finally just share my own story. Let me start from the beginning.
I’ve wanted pigs all my life and now I’m in my 20’s and finally got my dream! About 3 months ago I got two male pigs (from the same litter) and yes, they’re store bought and the only reason I did it was because I am so new at this and I was worried about how I’d do with a rescued pig with possibly more challenges. As I’ve learned I will never store buy again. Their names are Chewy and Simon and they’re about 6 months old. They have the strangest love-hate relationship. For the entire time I’ve owned them they’ve never gotten along. Always chattering their teeth, rumbling, mounting each other. They obviously are having a dominance issue. So I took advice of many google answers and just kind of let them try to work it out until blood shead. A week or two ago I started finding bite marks on chewy I feel like a terrible mom. So I separated them but every time they’re separated they WHINE SO BAD. I’m talking high pitches squeals that keep the whole house awake. It’s even come to the point where chewy bites his cage all night and shakes the entire thing just to get to his brother. But the moment I put them together, were back to square one and they’re chasing each other and getting in fights. I felt so bad for them because obviously they’re having some social issues but just can’t do it with each other so I bought two more pigs.... both males. They’re both two months old and still very little. The goal was to eventually get them all warmed up and maybe splitting up the babies one with each of the big guys. Simon has taken over the babies big time though and if he even smells chewy in the vicinity he rumbles and sits on the babies. In their current living situation Simon and the two babies are in the big cage and I’ve secluded chewy to his own cage so he can eat without getting bit and his wounds can heal. I just want what’s best for them and if this means I should maybe rehome one of the big ones I’ll do it but of course it’s very heartbreaking. Chewy hasn’t whined or squealed once since I separated them, and also put a blanket in between them so they can’t see each other. This has been the most calm they all have been since I first got the two but I just hope that I’m treating chewy right since he’s alone but honestly, he’s been the calmest now than he’s been with Simon or the Littles (which when I had him and the Little’s together all he did was act aggressive with them instead of how Simon acts which is more of a protective dominance feel)

Sorry for the terrible grammatical errors but I’m just really concerned and want to hear some opinions as fast as I can.
PS, their cages are plenty big, they’ve got over 20sq feet of room and each have their own food dish, water bottle and hay. Given veggies every day and cuddled with at least once a day.

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I cannot help you unfortunately... I have no ideas for you... four boars together need a miracle or some good strategy. I post this reply so that your thread is now more visible.
Your piggies are awasome!
 

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I haven't had boars but there are others here who have. There is lots of advice in the "behaviour and bonding" section to read in the meantime. Sounds like you were right to separate the 2 that were fighting. You might even be able to bond 1 baby with each of the older boars in the longer term.
 

Julia Rafferty

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I have two boars and would never put four together. They do cuddle and love each other but they also have their issues. Young boars are hormonal and probably shouldn’t be places in a boar group. I would say balance it out with females but that would be A LOT of pigs.
 
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