I have noticed a change in Snoopy’s behavior since introducing them. He is usually a very friendly pig who’s always very excited when I enter the room and loves to be pet, but lately, he’s been on high alert and his fur is always standing up.
He has three scabs on his nose and lip, and Benny has a scab on his muzzle.
They are often chasing each other around and teeth chattering, but they always want to be near each other, not in an aggressive way, which throws me off.
Should I separate them? I’m at a loss on what I should do. Should I separate them permanently, temporarily, or not at all? Please help!
From what you describe, it sounds like separating them might be a reasonable thing to do?
In your case being separated in age by nearly a year and a half, might make for several months of squabbles. Snoopy is old enough for his hormone levels to have calmed down some while Benny is not. It usually happens around the age of two. Agree on the cage situation. 2 by 4 foot is the minimum size for two guinea pigs. Without places for both of them to go hide, no cage is big enough.
I think the smart thing to do is put them in separate cages, yet in view of each other; maybe even butt the cages together so they can touch noses and be close to each other. I did that with my other two boars, Mr Bubbles and Scruffy. They are 6 months apart in age and would not pair up. That worked out great for them. They like each other and get along great as long as there's a see through barrier between them. Perhaps you can try to pair them up at a later time after both are out of the hormonal stage. I've been contemplating trying to pair those two up again since they are now both over the age of two, but Scruffy has been sick off and on for the last couple of months.
You definitely don't want them inflicting wounds on each other.