Attention Multiple Boar owners...

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 12:22 am

I see that lots of people own more than 2 boars, but its not clear if you have them all living together. If you have more than 2 living together, please share how many you have, how large their cage is and age of your piggies. Also, if you can share stories about your bonding process that would be great...thanks!


Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 12:33 am

It looks like sus4rabbitsnpigs found the biggies.

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.

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 12:38 am

Thanks for the threads...I guess I should add a little background to explain what I'm looking for. I have 2 boars that are bonded, they are about 3 months old. I rescued another boar from the local shelter last week, he is about 10 months. I'm looking for more information from people with boar trios or more...I've had great luck with my pair, am hoping for the same from a trio after quarantine is over!! Most of the information I see is just pairs, so am trying to reach out beyond that....thanks!


Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 1:07 am

We started out with Gilbert and Sully, a pair of littermates. When they were about two years old, we adopted Grandpa Henry, at that time a seven-year-old pig who had never lived with other pigs.

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.

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 7:41 am

We currently have 6 boars, with Tobias/Otis living together, and Sebastian/Oliver living together. Henry and Zachary are bachelors. I haven't had any luck with three-somes, regardless of the age groups or cage size. It's all about personalities, and I guess I could never get the chemistry right.

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 7:47 am

I only have a pair of boars, and they're two month old brothers, so I'm not much help.

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 7:51 am

I had young boar, middle aged boar and senior trio that did great.

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 8:12 am

I tried a boar trio but the oldest pig couldn't stand the stress of living with two "teenage" boys, 1 years old and 6 months old. He is now separated from them, but the three of them still meet during floor time (it usually goes alright).

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 8:24 am

I've got a trio of grown boars living together in a 2x6. Two are three years old, and one is two, they get along pretty swimmingly, though they do occasionally squabble over who gets the best lettuce.

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.

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 8:35 am

I have 3 boars living together in a 4 X 2. (Yes, I know this is the minimum for 3). They were all rescued from a shelter, and were apparently in REALLY close quarters before I got them. I'm not sure if they are brothers, cousins, or what. When I got them, one was about a month old, another was about 3 months old, and another was around 5 or 6 months old. They all went through "puberty" at different times, and at those times certain piggies would try and bully the others. There were a few scuffles, but nothing serious. They are all now over a year old - in fact the oldest one will be 2 this summer I believe.

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 :-)

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 8:36 am

I used to have 5 boars living together (sadly all passed but one). They were a father and 4 sons and lived quite peacefully together until the father and 2 of his sons had quite a few vicious fights.

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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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 11:22 am

My trio of Steve, Jules and Neal were all unrelated boars. Neal was a little troublesome until he turned 1, but now he's fine.

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.

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 11:30 am

I have 4 boars. Three of them are living in a 2 X 5 and one agressive guy is in a 2 X 2 bachelor pad. I am still hopeful that all four can live together, but I am taking it slowly for now.

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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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 1:46 pm

Thanks for all the stories and advice. I currently have my 2 young boys in a 2x5 cage and will be adding on a 3x3 so they will have roughly 25 sqft for the 3 of them. I am making arrangements in case the 3 don't get along as well as I hope from the beginning...but sounds like age is a big issue so I'm optimistic that if it dosen't work out in the beginning, it might in time. I already have multiple dishes, hidey huts..etc. I may have to try the buddy bath...hope for the best but plan for the worst!

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 2:50 pm

I think it all depends on the personality. If you have 2 very dominant boars, there's always going to be bickering at the very least unless the cage is REALLY large and each dominant boar has a "posse" of subordinates. If you have one dominant boar and a bunch of subordinate boars who are content to to let the dominant one boss them around and look out for them, it'll probably work out okay. I guess. Other than the factor of adolescent boars being total turds.

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 3:15 pm

Other than the factor of adolescent boars being total turds.

Agree 100%. When the boys were teenage hellions, I'd see one of them stand up for no reason, walk over to the sleeping group across the cage, and randomly bite at another pig.

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 4:14 pm

How old are they when they go throught this teenage faze?


Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 4:24 pm

I have a trio in a 2 x 5. Mr. Boots is pretty old but not sure how old exactly and Elvis & Costello are unrelated "teenage" boys. They are about 5 and 7 months I believe. They all seem to get along ok although they do have some squables. Elvis seems to be the biggest turd. I haven't seen any fights just bickering. Mr. Boots knows how to hold his own so he doesn't get pushed around.

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 5:23 pm

Has anybody tried merging two pairs? I've got two older guys (3 years) and two younger guys (1 1/2 years) living in separate rooms right now. When son goes to college, I was considering making a larger C&C and housing all 4 together in my office. I have no idea how that might change the dynamics, e.g., will the more dominant of each pair tustle to be number #1 or will all 4 start messing with each other and establish a new pecking order?

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