Maybe you could try them in a divided cage? Either that, or try a floor time where they just let it all out. You know, poops on the floor, hay everywhere, the whole deal. If it gets too rough in my house, I take out the humped pig and give him extra cuddles.
Anyone know how come they got so viscious with each other after they moved to a BIGGER cage? It has been two weeks.
- Supporter in '16
This morning when I put two chunks of green pepper in the cage, Charlie wouldn't come upstairs (snacks are only served upstairs). He was sitting down there wheeking hopefully but not even really TRYING to come upstairs. Snickers, of course, had grabbed a chunk of pepper and positioned himself at the top of the ramp so Charlie would have to pass him to get up. I kept moving Snickers and he kept running back there.
Finally, Charlie made a determined face, ran up the ramp, leaped right OVER Snickers, grabbed his chunk of pepper, and flung himself into the upstairs litter box.
It was adorable, but now I'm kind of worried that Charlie's getting bullied again. I think Snickers threatens him with the stew pot when I'm not home!
Was the bigger cage a brand new cage? Even if it was just the old cage expanded at least it was partially new. New cages+pairs/herds of pigs =figuring out who the boss of the new cage is all over again.
- We miss our sweet Oreo
I do wonder if the particularly the depth of the cage is causing issues. It makes it very hard for the pigs to avoid each other when they all end up on the same level.
What are the actual measurements of each level, GPT?
I separated them by putting a divider in their cage. So, they can still see each other and talk to each other. I don't want to try putting them back together until Mr. Fuzzbucket's wounds heal. I used a weak salt solution last night to clean them, and will get some betadine today. Mr. Fuzzbucket is such a sweet pig, I feel so sorry for him.
Their cage always had 2-3 of everything, plenty of space and always 2-3 hideys with multiple entrances and exits. It may be that I just need to let their teenage hormones calm down.
- Supporter in '11
They decided that they really like their Weaver cuddle cups under their step stools. They like them so much they want to sit and poo and pee in them.
Now I don't think this is usually a problem but these where new Weaver cups and the step stools are kinda short, so piggies feel very secure in them. (For example Guinea Pig Fun uses higher ones.) So its been fine all week, then when I get them out this morning, both have yellow bottom, bum fur. Both!
I got Robin out and put him on my white shirt I was going to be wearing to work. Then when I move him to my lap and its like what the heck is on my shirt. Its yellow. Pick Robin up his lower bottom belly is stained yellow. So I thought it was just Robin, who is my cuddlepig and all around homebody. Then I pick up Linus the Indie 500 pig. Same thing. So I look at the cuddle cups, notice huge pee stains in the bottom.
So I took the cuddle cups out. I'm going to clean their cage tommarrow. Linus was giving me looks of what happened to my bed, but then he went head first into in hay hammock. I think this was from how I had the cage set up and the fact that I hadn't washed the weaver cuddle cups at all yet. I think the step stools will only be sans cuddle cups for floor time.
It's too late now though :( If I could make the cage again I'd make the depth a bit bigger and maybe a little in the length