I’m a fairly new Guinea pig owner to two happily bonded boys. It’s been so fun to watch them open up to me, happily popcorn around their cage, and get excited over new veggies. Just want to quickly say thanks to y’all for your advice and forum as it’s helped me out a lot
Long intro aside, I have a sort of “future” question. I can definitely see myself in the future wanting to add pigs to my mini herd I have going on. What are your guys experience with adding more pigs? I’m aware of the size requirements for adding pigs, especially since I have males, but I have heard that three males is a big no-no and doesn’t usually work. I also hear adding a spayed female would cause my males to fight. Would you recommend just leaving the boys be and making another c&c for any future pigs? Or is their a proper way to introduce more pigs into one enclosure?
Thanks in advance!
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Sometimes a large herd of boars will work, but not nearly always. And you may wind up with a bunch of solo pigs, none of whom will live with another pig.
If you want large herds of guinea pigs, sows are a MUCH better bet.
One neutered male works very well with a bunch of females, but not more than one. If you want to build a herd, look for a litter of female babies. They will be very tightly bonded as they have been together since birth. Ours are so tightly bonded I can take one out for a month or more due to medical issues and just plop her back in with everyone and nobody bats an eye and they all act like she was never gone. That is really not normal.
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There are some good tips for introductions around here. My current herd is, as I understand it, three unrelated boars introduced over the course of a year. They do best when everyone has a pigloo of his own, and there are extra water bottles and extra food dishes so that no one pig can guard everything.
You might also consider talking to a rescue about a younger pig (younger than your boars) or submissive pigs. One of my best pairings was Jules and Steve because they were so docile with each other. When I got Jules, I had talked to the rescue about what kind of pig I needed and they matched me up.