It's very quiet in the cages at the moment.
I do also want to leave the buddy bath option for a while too.
Reintroduction might never work regardless. I'll have my partner film the entire retry so I have my hands free.
When I tried introductions after a week, it went very badly and I had to stop and put them back into their divided cage again.
I'm not giving up, however. Nor should you. I know the "rules" for introducing here, and totally respect them, but my experiences have led me to sometimes think outside the box.
I'm hoping with more time I can try introductions again - perhaps in a week. If that still doesn't work, we'll try it again a week later.
Right now, the way the cage is set up, they really could stay this way permanently if they had to, so there's no pressure.
I'd wait a few days, then maybe try again. In the meantime, you may want them to be separated by a grid so they can still see and smell each other. And definitely do away with the second story for now.
The fact that my boys spent 24hours together happily gives me hope. I'll put them side by side today and see how they respond to closeness. I mean, Harvey truly isn't himself right now, I think they can work.
It may have been a mum error that tipped tension over the edge. They were fine with towel tents, the second I put in actual tunnels t
hey just got more and more 'upset'
Taking away the ramps and using towel tents might keep the peace. I was thinking of doing an introduction tomorrow. Is that too soon?
One of the things I've done is to keep the divider attached, but moveable. So I would give them (I actually forget which grouping of piggies I did this with!) longer and longer times together when I could supervise. At night, and when I was at work, I'd keep the divider up. I know it's not the standard for introductions, but in this situation it worked. Eventually, after several days, they didn't need the divider any longer.
Meal times are the hardest, so maybe keep them divided especially then.
Have you tried a buddy bath yet?
I'll keep them divided until the weekend. I really want a full day to reintroduce. I'm so sorry about Annie btw, losing 3 pigs must have been hard on you all!
A buddy bath is on my list! But it's further down, I want to try tour idea first :-)
I do also notice that when there's a storm brewing, they get much worse - I do think the weather affects their little boy hormones!
Well, I've had them in a divided cage all day and it's annoying if I'm honest.
Harvey has done nothing but chew on the bars to get to Charlie and I'm concerned about his teeth. Like he's very violently yanking at them. He wants to mount Charlie so badly lol.
They are both rumblestrutting back and forth against the barrier. No jumping at it, no real aggression, a little bit of chattering.
My cold turkey intro seemed to work, it turned ugly after a day. I'll give this a go until Saturday. Hopefully they'll get more familiar and calm with each other being side by side. Then I'm going to reintroduce from scratch on Saturday. Can I use the same place I did before?
I'm glad you're encouraging to keep at this Jacqueline, they seem to really love each other when they get along, if I can get them through the initial meeting and settling roles phase I'm convinced they'll be great buds.
I think Charlie being around adolescence and Harvey not too long out of it might be a part of the issue. So time will tell...
I will continue to try and try.