There's been no major fighting, but they will chatter teeth, then Riker will chase Leonard until Leonard hides. Sometimes they're coexisting fine, it's not an all the time thing, but I don't want Leonard to feel like he has to "hide" all the time. He's old, and spent a decent amount of time chilling in his pigloo before the baby arrived, so maybe he's not "hiding" as much as I think he is. He was the beta pig in his last relationship with a boar but they got along very well. Riker had been living with a few boars (I think father and a sibling) prior to my adoption.
My question is, how do you give it before you realize they might not be a good fit together? This afternoon will be the 48 hour mark, I know it's super early, I just want to be sure this is "normal" since I haven't dealt with it specifically before. They are in a C&C I am preparing to enlarge and currently there are two of everything except the pellet bowl.
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If you decide to leave them together, weigh Leonard frequently to make sure he's not losing weight.
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Guinea pigs are wired to establish dominance when they meet another pig. Repeated meetings are just stressful for them, and don't do anything to make the final introduction any easier.
It may, repeat may, make introductions easier to have them live side by side for a while, and swap out cage things between the cages. But they may also break their teeth chewing the bars trying to get to each other, and one has to be moved. There's no guarantee it will work anyway.
Our brattiest "teenager" pig -- who seemed to constantly bully the others and/or had an attitude with humans (no biting, just impatient) has turned out to be the mellowest of the bunch as an almost 3 year old now. Go figure. (We had 7 pigs when she went through teenager angst, now we have 6; one neutered boar and six females.)
I have a pretty similar situation as Gessika has, apart from my boys, Bonbon and Falafel, are around 9 (lived for 4-5 month alone) and 2-3 month old and have been living together for a month now. Honestly, sometimes I feel that it's just not working and I should separate them for their own better... So this question of "when to say they are not a good fit" also came to my mind.
Do you guys think they will calm down after some time, e.g. after both of them get over puberty?
Sometimes though, they sleep in their own hide-outs or even close to each other and its fine, and eat side by side. For example, when they are scared (they really don't like plastic bag sound) they can even jump in one hidey and sit there side by side for a while.
Oh, I meant that maybe they are not the best fit together. I've heard that sometimes piggies, especially males, even have to be separated, since they can't decide who is the boss and thus are not getting along. So I am just constantly thinking whether it is temporal or not.
I'm not really experienced, they are my first piggies - I am worried to either over-, or under-react.
The cage is 150 cm*60 cm/~60"*24". Here's how the set up usually looks (sometimes I change the hide-outs and their positioning). On weekends I also attach a twice as big play area to the cage.
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Thank you for your help!