Possible Bullying From New Boar On Bonded Boar Pair

MKC

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HI All!

I have a question about a probable bullying situation and if its gone far enough. I have read lots of articles on here but am just looking for some added advice. We have two male boars that we got from a rescue about two weeks ago, they were estimated to be a couple months old. They get on well and have the occasional rumblestrut and head lifting face off but nothing serious. An acquaintance of ours had a 7 month old guinea pig male they were looking to get rid of and wanted to give it away on a free-ad website and we didn't want him to end up snake food so we thought we would give it a shot with our two males. He is bigger and when introduced (in a neutral area and freshly cleaned cage for after) they chattered a lot and the bigger guy chased and nipped but nothing seemingly terrible. We put them all together in two joined midwest cages with 2 waterbottles, food, hay. Big guy has started chasing the two younger boys around relentlessly and when I was petting one of them tonight I found a good amount of scabbing on his rear end where I have seen big guy nip but it never looked that bad and they never made any sounds. We put the two small males into one cage and the big guy in another for now, with walls connecting. Will they be able to get along? It seems from a lot of posts that once blood is drawn things are done but I'm not sure if that goes towards butt nipping or if its normal to break skin with butt nipping. HELP PLEASE!

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It sounds as if you have done the right thing by separating them. Trios of boars rarely work out. Perhaps you could try asking a local rescue if they have any single boars that he can be tried with. Many rescues will help with bonding, allowing your boar to find a suitable companion.

At least he has company if only for chatting with!

I currently have a pair of sows and a neutered boar who is waiting for his 6 weeks post op to be up so that he can be bonded with them. He is at a safe chatting distance. Definately better than being alone.
 

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It sounds as if you have done the right thing by separating them. Trios of boars rarely work out. Perhaps you could try asking a local rescue if they have any single boars that he can be tried with. Many rescues will help with bonding, allowing your boar to find a suitable companion.

At least he has company if only for chatting with!

I currently have a pair of sows and a neutered boar who is waiting for his 6 weeks post op to be up so that he can be bonded with them. He is at a safe chatting distance. Definately better than being alone.
Do you think that the drawing blood while nipping is the last straw for trying them together?
 

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They were all touching nose through the cage tonight and keep going over to check each other out. Does this seem like a sign that they have a bond? Maybe try re -introducing after some time to cool off?

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