Over protective over female?

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After putting my boys in their new cage they settled down, they stopped fighting and were living happily. I decided to put my female (desexed) it started alright between the boys but now it has grown down hill. If pickle (the younger boy) goes near my female sparky (the older male) with charge at pickle. Pickle will be minding his business and then all of a sudden it’s a stand off between the boys causing a chance where pickle can get away. Any help to resolve this or do they have to be permanently separated?
 

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It is never a good idea to add a female piggy in with 2 males as they will fight to see who gets her. Take your female out and hope you haven't upset the bond between your two males. if the bond has been permanently broken between your two boys you could try bonding one of them with the female, neutering the other then after the 6 week wait finding a female at a rescue that he likes to live with him.
 

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After putting my boys in their new cage they settled down, they stopped fighting and were living happily. I decided to put my female (desexed) it started alright between the boys but now it has grown down hill. If pickle (the younger boy) goes near my female sparky (the older male) with charge at pickle. Pickle will be minding his business and then all of a sudden it’s a stand off between the boys causing a chance where pickle can get away. Any help to resolve this or do they have to be permanently separated?
Hi! Putting ANY sow in with two boars is a straight forward recipe for disaster! Simple as that.
Please separate ASAP before their are fights and fall-outs!
Adding More Guinea Pigs Or Merging Pairs – What Works And What Not?
 

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Mixing a sow with two boars is not going to go well, as it's their nature to compete with other males for females. The fact that she is spayed will not change this natural behavior pattern (and neutered boars will still compete as well.) Unfortunately, this arrangement is not going to work out.
 

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No it will not help to add another female into the mix.
Have you taken out the sow?
Are the boars still bonded?
 

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If i get another sow, would it help calm the situation?
Please say goodbye to the dream of having one big group with two boars and however many sows; two boars are simply one too many and there will be feuds and fights.

You can only have two pairs; either you keep the two boars together as a pair (provided that they still get on) or you keep your spayed sow with one of the boys and find a safe companion for the other, ideally one of his own choice for long term stability.

If you want a larger group at some point, you need to start it either around one dominant sow or a dominant neutered boar and then add carefully researched submissive sows that cannot upset the apple cart. Even creating a group this way is fraught and can give you plenty of sleepless nights as I know from my own experience because by far not all sows are suited to live in a larger group; not to mention the fact that group dynamic change over time, and not always to the better.
 

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So I just keep one boar separated and one who has bonded with the sow together? wont the lonely boar get lonely?
 

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Its upsetting because the boars were bonded really well till i was given a sow unexpectedly. My two boys would do everything together.
 

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You need to separate either one male or take out the female. Removing the female might not work though, as the boys bond may have broken down completely, and if you still have her nearby, they will probably still fight over her. Best bet is to remove one of the boys as previous posts have said, and get him neutered if that's possible, so that he can have a new wifey too after 6 weeks post op wait....that would probably make them all happy. X
 
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