I had 4 boars - living in pairs (2 hutches). recently my old boar Bolly passedaway after long heart troubles. He was 5 yrs.
Leaving behind his young male Fuzzy - only a year and he laid back in temperament. The other 2 boars we have being 2 years old. I want them all to live together and started trying the 3 of them in run yesterday. This is where I am asking for help........(and Ive been reading other posts too) I not sure of the behavior and from what they were doing not sure if this is a good idea ...though I hope they could live together -
One of the boars Charly is very bossy and clearly always been the agreesive leader - he started mounting fuzzy (fuzzy on his hisown) then they were both going round in circles both trying to mount each other. Which they did and I could smell the scent. This goes on for few minutes sometimes they both rear the faces to each other - not had a fiht yet but I am so anxious. Then the 2 of them calm down and ate grass - only then minute later charly at fuzzy again trying to mount and making the brooping noises. Then we had teeth chattering - What does that mean???
Meanwhile the 3rd pig who lives with charly just ignores them - so he isnt the prblem.
My questions please to you folks is =Is this normal and does it sound like they may settle and get on? Ive read on other posts its the pecking order and maybe they will sort it out. Do I leave them on their own and sort it out? Is the teeth chattering a sign they in fear of eagh other?
I am so trying to avoid having to get another baby pig for fuzzy - who I know cant live on his own - not being fair. But I work ful time - So worried if I put them all together they might fight.
Is mounting normal (and the wiggling of bum and brooping) in trying to get on...? Any advise I would be so grateful (upsetting enough loosing my pig this week and now I worrying.
This page has lots of very useful information on what is and isnt normal behaviour when introducing new pigs to your herd, if you scroll about halfway down you should find a list of signs that tell you when you should be concerned.
We have a huge cavy hutch with 2 bedrooms and large run area -so caging is not the problem.
As I have been watching them today - I do not think that 2 of the piggies like each other and just not sure how long you should leave them together as it must stress them out. Thanks for advise - will keep trying the site you recommend - amybe everyone is looking at it!
- We miss our sweet Oreo
Hang in there, and just wait it out. Everytime you separate them for any time then put them back together, the entire dominance process will start over again.
Thanks Amy0204- maybe thats where i am going wrong as yuo say - I do separate them and put them back in separate hutches. Only problem with working full time I dare not leave them all in together just yet.
Do yours lift their heads up to each other -i keep thinking they might bite each other..? I also noticed Fuzzy yawning showing off the teeth as if to say - look these will bite.....maybe a rescue pig is needed. Just shame because I am trying to down size and was hoping all 3 could live together.
Still cant get on the website recommended (cavyspirit) - anyone else having problems with it?
Also if anyone else has any similar situations re rearing up and chattering- Would love to hear your feedback and whether was a happy ending?
I can see from the pig dating game - I started wrong by introducing in one of current pigs home.
But can anyone advise - How many times do you try the dating game - And if they bite each other - Is that it- Game over??
How many attempts do you give them? If they draw blood - Do you then decide they wont get on so not put them back together and thats the end of it? Just dont want Fuzzy living on his own for long.
Thanks for great website on piggies- and all your help so far.
Its clear today trial was definatly getting ready for battle. The signs of concern were there- I shouldnt have separated I know now.
If anyone can advise how many times I shoulf try to introduce them - And also how long does it take for them to sort the pecking order out? Should I be putting them together every day for a time? I cant leave them together as said I have to go to work.
Any further replies to help me - sorry to go on-
If it were me, I'd want to wait until next weekend when they could be closely observed for a long period of time. It may give them some time to chill out after today's interaction as well.
Also if they are in the shed what size hutch do you have them in, as if the space is too small they will fight because of lack of space, I know that it is a standard thing in the UK to use hutches like the ones in Pets at Home and keep them outside, but the Petshop ones rarely meet the RSPCA standards for 1 pig, let alone 3!
I give them microwave heat pads when cold.
As I am worried about Fuzzy being on his own (he already stpped the chirping and popcorning on his own) then we are going to take end panels out of hutches (which are next to ea other) and put in wire so Fuzzy can see the other 2.
We definatley going to take yuor advise (and others)and try the buddy thing on towels this weekend. The annoying thing is with working full time we can only try this at the weekend.
If it goes ok at the weekend (no major fights) can you advise whether they be alright to house together - Or is this a gradula thing and I have to try the buddying thing many times???
Only read that if it dosent work 1st time - You have to start all over again - Hpw many attempts do you give?
Thanks Maria1986 - Where are you in UK?
I totally agree with what you saying about petshop hutches in the UK.
Mine have been housed together for a while now, and still act like it is a pain to have the other one about, untill something startles them, then they run to each other for comfort and if one has lap time they wheek to each other and miss the other when they are not there!
I am currently in Oxford, but lived in Kent too until I moved about a year ago.