All I will add is that the three guys I had living together, Grandpa Henry (age 8), Widget (age 1) and Frost (age 7 months) are currently in solitary confinement. Frost is going through his adolescence, and despite being half Widget's size, is terrorizing him. It's like a chihuahua attacking a grizzly bear. Then Widget started picking on Henry. They have 30 square feet split over two levels.
We were prepared for the possibility that he would be a loaner pig. Because of his age, though, and his mellowness, he absolutely loved Gilbert and Sully, and they in turn loved him. He actually turned out to be a perfect third, sort of a diplomatic sort who helped the two younger guys settle down.
I will point out that the 5-10 month range can be a rough time for introducing pigs, because they are going through their authority-testing-snotty-teenager phase. You might find that they get along until the younger guys are in this age range, and then they'll be hellions for a while. Or you might find the 10-month-old is a troublemaker right now. But, in a few months, they might be okay.
For a short while, I had 4 boars (1 fixed) and 2 females (BOTH fixed) living together in a 3x8. There were more scuffles, but they got along very well. I ended up splitting them back up because one of the fixed boys has OD and had a didn't seem to enjoy all the travelling he had to do around the cage.
My biggest problem came when one of my female fosters went into heat. That threw the middle age piggy into a hormone fit. He was bullying on the other 2, and it eventually took 3 "buddy baths" and reorganizing the cage to get them back to normal. But, all is well now :-)
The sons were around 18 months at the time and had to be separated from each other as one of the sons got quite a nasty rip to his ear.
All 3 were very dominent pigs. The other 2 were very placid.
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When Steve and then Jules died, I moved in the Little Savages, who had up til then been living as a trio (they are brothers) but Red and Gopher wouldn't settle so now it's Red, Gus and Neal in one pen and Gopher in another.
Boars need a lot of room. And additional cups, bowls, bottles, hiding spots, etc.
My three get along pretty good and I have 2 young ones, and an older guy. I am hoping one day to expand and bit more on the cage and give them more room. 2 X 5 seems cramped once you get all their stuff in there.
With the three together, they got along ok from go. I wouldn't say they're close, but they don't fight. I did the buddy bath and floor time, then moved to the clean cage.
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