I feel bad because the 2 youngest were quite content with each other and now they all seem driven to be top pig. I'm feeling regretful in a sense that I adopted a 3rd piggie, but he is such a cutie and he needed rescuing....but am feeling 3 is a crowd. I woke up this morning thinking to myself maybe I should seperate and get a 4th piggie, having 2 pairs but my luck is that wouldn't work either!
- Supporting my GL Habit
Isn't it *so* stressful to watch?!?! And things always look worse to us than it really is to them. As with many herd/prey animals, they try their best to look and sound as scary as possible to sort out dominance, because if it comes down to real fighting - no one wins. One can be badly hurt, and even the winner can be significantly weakened (and then be picked off by something else). I always have to remind myself that whenever I see pigs squaring off and looking/sounding really aggressive.
I hope things settle soon!
- Pigi Bigi Support!
I usually like to have an extra house to boot just in case because fights break out over real estate and food and if you have enough to go around it lessens the chances of there being disagreements.
I like to have clean pigs just so they are all starting on equal ground and one doesn't smell more strongly than another therefore giving him some "advantage."
Then, if you have any sort of charging with the head up and teeth bared, 80-90% of the time the personalities won't work and you will know within the first few minutes of putting them together.
Changes in their environment shortly after the bonding, like you going on vacation or something, can also throw them off kilter and set them to bickering.
Plus pigs who eat together, love each other so offer them something super-delicious right after the initial humping/get to know you session is over.
This is all true for adding any number of pigs, so going from 2 to 4 or 2 to 3.
- Thanks for the Memories
Even though my guys still squabble a little, the three that are tog. eat together and Gopher popcorns for hay. One day I would like them all together, but right now I think this is best.
As for Barley and the new baby Monkee, they are blissful. Barley loves his new baby friend and they both run and popcorn around...its great.