- Remembering Nemo
I finally have something to post here about Edward and Jacob! Mild, but still! When they arrived here there was two (or more) of everything. For the longest time they pretty much refused to use one of the pellet bowls and shared the other (double-sided) bowl without a problem. I eventually removed the unused dish and life went on without a hitch - until yesterday.
Now I have seen Edward make Jacob leave a dish, hay pile, bed, etc by just chattering at him or pushing him away with the end of his nose. Yesterday it was different. Every time Jacob would put his head down to get a bite of pellet Edward would lunge and try to bite Jacob's head. Even if Edward had already gotten some pellet, he tried to chase Jacob away. Once he dropped a whole mouthful of half chewed pellet trying to bite poor Jacob's ear!
Jacob, bless his little heart, just kept trying and jerking his head out of harm's way. I am not sure if he is brave or foolish! ;-)
After seeing this go on a few times and Edward ignoring my admonishing him for such behavior, I put in another pellet dish and they separated to eat and all was well again. Later on they had cleaned out one dish and were back to sharing the other - peacefully! Silly boys!
Note taken, never let boars that don't know each other or haven't gotten along in the past as single boars share floor time together for even five minutes (about how long it took for everything to go down hill). Why oh why didn't I just stick with sows or just one pair of males? Of course I love them and I really wouldn't not want to have them because I love them and they get good care here and aren't in the shelter system, but lord they drive me up a wall sometimes. I also just can't believe how much a turd Magellan is, he's the oldest one, I'd think he'd be the most mellow. Even our most dominant and ill behaved sow is great compared to his behavior (as long as you hold her in a towel so she can't spray urine at you). I sincerely hope that they all will go back to normal. I don't know what I'm going to do if the two pairs decide they hate each other now.
Trying so hard not to laugh at that.
If, big IF, the boys don't settle back down after a good scrub in the bath, you simply mix and match until you hit a combo they're all happy with. I'm sure they'll get their boarliness out and go back to being peaceful piggies soon. Well, I'm hoping I'm sure anyway.
Clairey, I did chuckle while typing it although when it actually happens it's not as funny. I figure if that's the worst she does to people than it's not so bad because she can't do it if you wrap her up, and she could be one that bites and sends you to the medical center getting stitches. I try to count my blessings with these guys.