Sorting Of Dominance?

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I think this is partially due to me being a nervous new owner but my two guinea pigs (both boars) have been settling in fine yet have been showing behaviour which I'm confused over whether it's simply a search of a dominant companion or may lead to something more serious. Atticus (slightly older) has been starting to mount the other + they have been chasing each other a lot too, as well as turning the second one out of a hut (they have two hiding areas. one is a hut-like place and the other is a hay tunnel).

There hasn't been any blood or incidents where they raise on their hind legs but I'm a natural worrier. Their cage is certainly big enough, however they're still getting to grips with understanding the ramp.

Any response would be useful, thanks :)
 

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Mounting and chasing are normal dominance and establishing the hierarchy
How old are they? 4-14 months of age are their teenage months during which hormones rise and you will see increases in such behaviours with more intense periods at around 6 months and again at 10 months when they get hormone spikes.
With boars, it is about never giving them a reason to fall out . Ensure you handle the dominant pig first, have multiple of every item and ensure no hideys are enclosed (they all need two exits). I actually have four hideys between my two boars as i found if helped when my two were teens.
How big is their cage?
 

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Mounting and chasing are normal dominance and establishing the hierarchy
How old are they? 4-14 months of age are their teenage months during which hormones rise and you will see increases in such behaviours with more intense periods at around 6 months and again at 10 months when they get hormone spikes.
With boars, it is about never giving them a reason to fall out . Ensure you handle the dominant pig first, have multiple of every item and ensure no hideys are enclosed (they all need two exits). I actually have four hideys between my two boars as i found if helped when my two were teens.
How big is their cage?
Thanks for the help!
They're nine and ten weeks old and their cage's size is 2x5ft. When they are getting to their teenage months I will get some more hiding spaces for them. The hut hiding space has two entries + the tunnel has four. :)
 

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Excellent, that all sounds perfect.
It important that you don’t panic with their behaviour and step in as it disrupts their processes. You just leave them to sort things out between them. It looks (and sounds) a bit scary at times but the only time you need to separate them is If a full on blood drawing fight occurs
 
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