The Myth About Boys

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A good advert for boys. :)

I'm on my fourth 'set' of boars now. They've all been slightly mad, but great characters and I've loved each one for their uniqueness.

My first experience with boars was a random pairing from a pet shop which I was lucky with and which worked.

I’ve had two brother pairings which worked very well.

My current pair I’ve had together for a year now. I took a young boar to a rescue (when I found this forum and discovered there was such a thing as a guinea pig rescue), to boar date last April and came home with a gorgeous baby friend for him. I think spring hormones are having a bit of an impact atm – there has been some chasing and mild teeth chattering over the last few weeks – but I think the bond is secure, they’ll sit quite happily next to each other munching after charging round and rumbling, so I’m assuming it is just the sap rising that is causing the high spirits.

Boars rock!
 

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Given my forum name you won't be amazed to hear that I like boars! I have 7 at the moment and it is likely that I will always stick to boars now.
I would say that you do have to invest time and energy into finding the right pairings - but that is also true for sows. I am a big fan of boar dating but I have to say it has put me through the mill sometimes - Tea Cake 12 dates being a prime example! Developing a good relationship with a rescue who will help you with boar dating and be there to coach you through the tricky patches is really valuable - both Milhaven and BARC have helped me and my boys so much.
I would also say that every boar pairing I have is different, some relaxed, some chase around more, some very vocal, some do a lot of climbing and humping, some dont - constantly interesting and entertaining though in their different ways.:nod:
 

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I think spring hormones are having a bit of an impact atm – there has been some chasing and mild teeth chattering over the last few weeks – but I think the bond is secure, they’ll sit quite happily next to each other munching after charging round and rumbling, so I’m assuming it is just the sap rising that is causing the high spirits.
My boys are exactly the same at the moment!

I think this is great information on boars :)
 

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I have only ever owned 3 boars & I personally found them easier to tame, more chilled out & more open to being handled but maybe that was just the case with the 3 I had. The downside was when they got excited at seeing one of the girls & decided to ejaculate on things (thanks guys) & the fact that two of my 'big boys' used to drag their 'man bits' along the floor at times but in general, I think the boars tend to get a bad rep bless them.
I could've had my boys neutered, but they were quite content living on their own & being separated from the girls so didn't see the point in putting them through the op just so I didn't have to deal with random spraying (even though it DOES stink!).
I have found boars to be more amenable in comparison to most of the sows I've had.
 

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I've owned two boars and baby sat two more (at different stages). I've always found sows to fight far more! All four boys were lovely, most were pretty relaxed and tame but one was the most skittish guinea I've ever had.

To be honest, I don't really see much of a difference between the genders. My dad always used to forget that we had boys and would often refer to them as girls by mistake (just habit, as we've mostly had sows).
 

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I've owned two boars and baby sat two more (at different stages). I've always found sows to fight far more! All four boys were lovely, most were pretty relaxed and tame but one was the most skittish guinea I've ever had.

To be honest, I don't really see much of a difference between the genders. My dad always used to forget that we had boys and would often refer to them as girls by mistake (just habit, as we've mostly had sows).
My Dad refers to ALL my animals as 'him' even though they're ALL girls ;) I correct him every time but what's the point if you've corrected them over a hundred times & they STILL say 'He' lol!
 

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I have a boar but he's neutered and living with 3 girls. He is so sweet natured.

If I was a new piggy owner, I wouldn't hesitate having a pair of boys. The only reason I ended up with girls was because a sow was given to me by somebody who know longer wanted her so that's how my life with pigs began.

I think it's awful how boys are overlooked and sometimes have a bad reputation :(
 
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