Petrified Neutered Boars

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I have recently got 2 neutered boars who are about 4 months old. They were handed in by a non animaly family where the gps had bitten the children. The gps are petrified and do nip because they are really unused to handling. I am giving them lap time on their own 3 times a day. They won't take food from me preferring to tug at the towell they are sitting on or like a statue They race into their sleeping area and don't even seem to speak to each other. They have the odd nibble at veg I leave for them, but I don't think they are eating enough. If at their age 4 months they have not had any socialising will they eventually come round to being normal piggies. Thanks
 

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:wel: to the forum.

The answer to your question is that they will more than likely settle However, I am wondering why they were neutered and whether they are a bonded pair. I'm afraid neutering does not change a male guinea pig's behaviour .

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When I first got my girls they hid all the times I hardly saw them , one of them did bite me and my husband ,that was a few month ago now they come to see me when I go in the room , to see if I have any veggies they eat from my hand ,and lie on my lap quite happily. It takes a bit of time , but they should come round .
 

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I have recently got 2 neutered boars who are about 4 months old. They were handed in by a non animaly family where the gps had bitten the children. The gps are petrified and do nip because they are really unused to handling. I am giving them lap time on their own 3 times a day. They won't take food from me preferring to tug at the towell they are sitting on or like a statue They race into their sleeping area and don't even seem to speak to each other. They have the odd nibble at veg I leave for them, but I don't think they are eating enough. If at their age 4 months they have not had any socialising will they eventually come round to being normal piggies. Thanks
Hi and welcome!

You may find the various threads in our "starter kit" collection helpful in making friends with your piggies; we have got several information threads that deal with his issue. But it may take some time, as trust is a slow growing and very tender plant. It is however possible to bring most piggies of any age round with patience and persistence.

When were those boys neutered? Generally, boars here in Britain are only neutered once their testicles have descended between 4-6 months old.
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It sounds like the very first and few times with human contact was most likely the kids presume being bit and screaming /crying and then the pigs were never addressed or the owner never started to tame them because they didn't know how. They're both still young and you just have to have patience, but you will be fine over time.
 

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I'm not sure how long you've had them- fearfulness is par for the course with pigs that aren't used to being handled. Guinea pigs are at the bottom of the food chain and hence are very cautious animals. If it's any consolation, most of my pigs have been acquired around 3 or 4 months, were petrified of me, and then ended up being well-socialized little food-moochers once they figured out that I was harmless (and might even feed them.) So they will likely settle down with time and familiarity. Four or so months is not too late a start in terms of getting them used to people. Just keep handling them and realize it will take time for them to trust you, but that eventually they will come around (though all pigs have their own personalities- some like cuddling the humans more than others.)
 

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It took our pig time to settle in and seem happy but he did come around! I bet you will find the same. :)

EDIT: Also adopted! ;)
 

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Thank you to all who have posted replies, my males are now sitting on my lap chatting with each other of whose turn it is to hide under the other ones stomach, so at least there is some commuication amongst themselves!
 

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Thank you to all who have posted replies, my males are now sitting on my lap chatting with each other of whose turn it is to hide under the other ones stomach, so at least there is some commuication amongst themselves!
Please have a look at the link I have given you in my previous. There are lots of time tested tips in there on how to make friends with them by communicating in a way that they understand and that relaxes them.
 
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