The situation is currently - the two older pigs as normal in their large cage, and Venus in a small carry cage within the large cage. They are in close proximity so that they can get used to each other, but have seperate food and drinks bottles. The plan is to get them used to each other (and Venus used to me at least) and supervising them when I let them out together.
Is this a good plan? And also, if anyone else has any experience with having older female pigs and introducing a younger female pig and how to go about it then I would be glad to hear any advice.
- For the love of my girls!
I have intorduced several young sows into my herd of Divas. It is best to introduce them in a NEUTRAL area. Not in the cage! This is what has worked for me: I use a large floor area (at least 8´X8´) and enclose it with some sort of a grid wall. We are big on Creative Cubes areund here. Go to www.cavycages.com to see what I mean. Anyway, I then put in seveal houses and hidey places. It´s a good idea to put in a small hidey that the little one can get into, but the big ones can´t. Then I put in LOTS of my Diva´s faborite foods! Then, I put in the little one, who usually goes right for cover! THEN I put in the big pigs. They are usually so interested by all the food and the nifty set-up that they are a little distracted. Then, one by one, the big pigs "discover" the baby. Some will spend more time checking her out than others. I usually let this go on for over an hour before I put them in the cage together. Any time I introduce a new pig, it disturbs all the others for awhile and they need to remind each oither who is the boss. I have done this many times and had great success.
Also, try doing a search on "introductions" there has been a lot posted about this subject. Good luck.