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as some of you know roddy and Nigel didn't work out so sadly Nigel went back to the rescue but they have no other boys to bond with him. Anyway, the lady suggested trying pooh piglets in haywards Heath as they apparently have lots of boys. So hubby phoned up for me, but I feel rather confused about the place. Has anyone got piggies from there before? Firstly she said they basically chuck roddy in with babies and the one that runs away will be fine and ones that standup for themselves will not, which I kind of understand. But she also said if I get s baby younger than 12 weeks, by the time they hit the hormonal stage they will be used to roddy being boss, so shouldn't have a problem.. I don't think that sounds right so wanted some more experienced people's opinions please. And the last bit which I find really really strange is there is like a charity pet shop opening or something and she is going to donate some bonded piggies to a shop to sell for a low price.. As apparently bonded pigs are harder to re home? And she was kind of dissing the rescue I have been going to. I just have a strange feeling, if anyone can help would be much appreciated. Should be going there this afternoon?
 

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Hmmm. This doesn't sound fantastic on the whole. Out of interest which rescue recommended you contact them?
In theory bonding a baby pig to an older chap is often the smoothest bonding option but the idea of just putting Roddy in with all the babies seems very odd to me. When we bonded Tango with Wyatt luckily he was the first baby we tried and things worked out great but the plan was to systematically go through the litter one baby boy at a time until we hopefully found compatibility! We were also told its more down to how the older pig reacts than the babies (who will naturally want to seek companionship and security with another piggy).

I'm really sorry things didnt work out for Roddy and Nigel by the way!
 

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That does not sound like a good rescue at all :( Sadly, there are many like these but there are also lots of wonderful, reputable rescues around and they are worth travelling a bit further out for. Have you had a look at the locator?

Bonding boys can be tricky but it's possible. Some rescues will try with a baby (on a one to one basis in neutral territory, NOT by just placing the adult amongst a load of babies) and some rescues will try a match with a similar aged pig. It is possible. @gogoguineas recently had her sweet boy Tyler bonded successfully with another adult and they get on well.
 

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Doesn't sound right at all. Like Tbag said, one at a time to find the right friend.

We've bonded three pairs, first pair were around 4 months and 6 months, second pair 2 and 2 and half years old, third pair 6 weeks and 9 months. All went smoothly. I think you just need to find the right rescue who are willing to help you properly. A lot of them will suggest you bonding them with babies because the baby isn't hormonal yet, but as I said, one of our pairs were adults.
 

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I'm glad I was right in what I was thinking. I thought it all sounded a bit strange, I mean I've done it twice with roddy and it's been a one on one. I wouldn't say my rescue recommended them as such, she just said they get a lot of baby boys. The rescue I normally use is palace piggies recommended on here and they are fantastic. I will have another look on the locator, thank you
 

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I thought you were in my neck of the woods. Palace Piggies are fantastic :D. You could try ask Jenny at Crawley GPR but i know she generally doesnt do boar bonding anymore. ARC (twickenham/richmond area) and bobtails (epsom) are probably your next closest?
 

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Hi, I'm sorry to hear your boys didn't work out, I've been there and it can be very stressful.
However don't let it put you off, all my boys have been bonded at a rescue due to them losing their previous partner so we are always on that cycle of losing one then pairing them again! To be honest I've only ever had one pair of girls when I was a kid so boars are all I know, so trust me when I say theres a buddy out there for all boars!

A good rescue will ideally have a boar or two lined up to pair with yours. It doesn't matter whether it's a youngster or not, it all comes down to personality. They will introduce them on their own on neutral territory and monitor their behaviour to see how they get along. Some rescues might ask that you leave them there for a day, some may just want a few hours to judge, either way this is really worth travelling for if need be, a good rescue is worth it's weight in gold to get a good solid pairing.
I recently travelled to St albans which was nearly 2 hours each way but I have such a good bond with my boys and they're so happy I'd do it again in a heart beat. They both older boys too, aged 4 & 5.
I'd look at seeking someone else out, good luck!
 

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I thought you were in my neck of the woods. Palace Piggies are fantastic :D. You could try ask Jenny at Crawley GPR but i know she generally doesnt do boar bonding anymore. ARC (twickenham/richmond area) and bobtails (epsom) are probably your next closest?
I love palace piggies, they now do a free 3 monthly health checks, did you know? Anyway, Jenny doesn't do boar dating now, I tried a while back, bob tails is currently closed for refurbishment and arc apparently only have bonded piggies at the moment :-( this isn't looking too good.
I might just go along to this other one (try and find roddy a friend as he isn't himself at all) and see what I think and how I feel when I'm there. It could be my husband has relayed the wrong message or something (wouldn't be the first time) I just don't want to leave roddy without trying. I will keep you all updated, might be a nice place and hubby is mixed up or might be as bad as it sounds?
 

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Ahh what a nightmare! It can be so frustrating trying to find a new friend sometimes. When we lost Cash last year it took MONTHS for us to find a rescue who was good enough and had suitable candidates, poor Mr T was getting more and more depressed by the day. I was contacting places 2 hours out and still having no luck so you have my sympathies! You could try Animal Lifeline in sutton? They're not on the recommended list but myself and few others on her have adopted from them before and had no issues, piggies well cared for and bonding carried out appropriately - as far as I know though Christine only bonds baby boars to adults so it would depend on if she's had any pregnant rescues recently.

Or maybe just go visit the Haywards Heath place and have a look for yourself before committing to anything.
 

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Theres also This Little Piggy based in Richmond who I've heard lots of good things about, I think I initially contacted them when we lost Tango but didnt need to go in the end as we had success with ARC first.
 
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