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Stinky Boars smell - Will it go away?

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Hi. Maybe a week ago I introduced my boar to a young pig. Everything is going well although the older boar is obsessed with leaving his scent everywhere. I don’t mind it since I know he’s just trying to show he’s dominate (there’s no fighting just the older pig rumble struts from time to time).
Although the smell is quite bad when you first walk in, I can get used to it after a few minutes however I’m worried that if a guest came they’d find it repulsive and be quite a judge. I always have a window open but I swear it makes it worse!
So, once the pigs get more comfortable with each other, will the smell lessen? Or are there any scent stuff I could use to make the room smell better that won’t harm the pigs? The older one had a respiratory infection once so I’ve been too scared to use scented products
 

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I don’t think I can edit a post so I thought I should just say it here - I clean the cage every two days and scrub w vinegar/dish soap solution to try and keep the smell in check.
 

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Boars scent mark no matter how long they’ve been together, there’s no getting around that I’m afraid.
As you know you can’t use sprays or anything scented in the room where the piggies are.

Cleaning so often could be part of the reason the smell is worse. Cleaning will cause them to scent mark more.

Remove wet areas of bedding daily but ensure some bedding is always in the cage that smells of them as that way they hopefully won’t feel the need to mark so much
 

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Hi. Maybe a week ago I introduced my boar to a young pig. Everything is going well although the older boar is obsessed with leaving his scent everywhere. I don’t mind it since I know he’s just trying to show he’s dominate (there’s no fighting just the older pig rumble struts from time to time).
Although the smell is quite bad when you first walk in, I can get used to it after a few minutes however I’m worried that if a guest came they’d find it repulsive and be quite a judge. I always have a window open but I swear it makes it worse!
So, once the pigs get more comfortable with each other, will the smell lessen? Or are there any scent stuff I could use to make the room smell better that won’t harm the pigs? The older one had a respiratory infection once so I’ve been too scared to use scented products
Hi!

The testosterone output will die down again once the initial overexcitement is over. Open your windows and air your room regularly. The testosterone is mostly excreted in the pee and liberally sprayed everywhere - irrespective of whether a boar is neutered or not. Bonding with boars is generally a stink fest.

Guinea pigs will also scent mark their territory again as soon as it is cleaned. The more you strive to keep it odour-free, the more often they have to scent mark to make it theirs.

There are no scent-free furry pets.
 

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It will definitely calm down, but I would aim to leave some used items in their cage at each clean so that there is less “new” stuff for them to scent mark. Frequent total cage cleaning and changing of cage wares can actually be counter productive with busy boars!
 

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It will definitely calm down, but I would aim to leave some used items in their cage at each clean so that there is less “new” stuff for them to scent mark. Frequent total cage cleaning and changing of cage wares can actually be counter productive with busy boars!
Thanks <3
 

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Boars scent mark no matter how long they’ve been together, there’s no getting around that I’m afraid.
As you know you can’t use sprays or anything scented in the room where the piggies are.

Cleaning so often could be part of the reason the smell is worse. Cleaning will cause them to scent mark more.

Remove wet areas of bedding daily but ensure some bedding is always in the cage that smells of them as that way they hopefully won’t feel the need to mark so much
Ahh thanks 🙏
 

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try use a strong smelling hay to cover up the scent. If not, then screw the guest that judges.
 

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I have four boys and my living room stinks of guinea pig. If people don’t like it then they know where the front door is . My boys are my world and they are giving me a reason to keep going during this pandemic. 😁
 

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We have three boars and four sows. One of the boys is particularly boarly and loves to scent mark everything including our clothing if he gets the chance. Unfortunately, he is now stuck with the name Stinky George.😀
 
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