Two Boards Fighting (blood Drawn) And Humping?

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I have two boars, one is 8 months and the other one 7 months. They have always been living together since birth. Prince has always been more dominant but also very protective of vladimir (who is the youngest). If we take vladimir out of the cage, prince will always check he is ok when he comes back and will cry as soon as vladimir is taken away for a bit. When they had suspected ringworm, we tried to separate them for a night and could not as they were crying so much and were so happy when back together!
Anyway, I have heard them making a brand new noise and when I found them Prince had a big cut on his lip which was bleeding quite a bit. We cleaned his wound with cold water and although he seemed very disoriented at first, he is now eating and seems OK. We'll obviously take him to the vet if we see any signs of infection.
I have called straight away the place I bought them from, and she told me that mouths cuts usually heal quickly- is that true? She advised us to put them back together asap.
We tried once- they did the same noise and were about to fight (this time Prince against Vladmir, Vladimir looks scared)
Second time a few hours later: Prince actually humped Vladimir several times! We have just noticed this week that their testicles are much bigger than before?

We're both new piggies owners and have NO IDEA what to do next. Vladimir is in the cage and Prince is in a card box. Get a bigger cage asap? Can they still live together or do they need a separation in the cage forever?

I feel heartbroken - so relieved Prince looks better but they used to get on so well :(

THANKS a lot for reading!
 

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/My two boars had a fight yesterday- blood drawn (the non dominant seemed to have bit the dominant one) They are non brothers but have lived together from birth according to the breeder, and have always been really happy together until this :(

We have rushed to get another cage and at the moment, they are both in separate cages. We tried reintroducing yesterday but the one who got bitten would hump Vladimir really badly. They slept in different rooms.

This morning, we have put the cages next to each other- it looks calmer but Prince (the one bitten) is still showing signs of dominance when he smells/hears Vladimir. On the other hand, Vladimir looks really depressed and barely moves/eats.

I'm supper worried- first time I own piggies so not sure what to do.

Will they have to live in separate cages from now on? We live in a flat so not much space- is the balcony OK?

Or shall we try to waiting a few days / bathing system and see how it goes?

I'm heartbroken :(
 

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Please read my detailed advice in your thread from yesterday evening in the Health/illness and also read the links attached to that advice.
2 Boars Fighting- Big Wound :(

You can use your balcony or a bathtub or shower basin with a towel for grip for any intros. Give your boys a gentle bath (as described in the guides) to remove any excess testosterone pheromones that could rile them up again. Wait with re-intros until they have settled down, which can take a night or two. See how they react through the bars first. If they are rumbling and trying to get at each other straight away, I would not introduce again.

If one of the boys has perked up noticeably as soon as he was away from his mate, this means that he is no longer happy in the bond.
 

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Thank you- and thanks for your help last night too :)

The issue seems to be the opposite- they seems to much more miserable! It's mixed through bars- the dominant one seems to be biting the bars quite hard, which I assume is not good news. Would you go ahead with the bath straight away or wait a few days?
 

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Thank you- and thanks for your help last night too :)

The issue seems to be the opposite- they seems to much more miserable! It's mixed through bars- the dominant one seems to be biting the bars quite hard, which I assume is not good news. Would you go ahead with the bath straight away or wait a few days?
You dominant boy wants to be back with his friend, but the crucial bit is - does his mate want to be back with him? if they are both not happy being separated, you can try a re-introduction today. Please keep all questions and updates to this one thread or it gets confusing very quickly. We work differently to social media with short posts and prefer to keep topics together. I will have to delete any more threads on the same topic that you are starting just for this reason as I have answered them in your existing thread.

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