Well, here I am a few months later ( so MANY pigs need homes!) with another boatload of adoptees ( I seem to work in clusters). I still have my 3 old men (still alive and kicking and chubby), FIVE new boars, and 5 new ladies (I am a first time sow-mommy). Don't worry - the girls are kept in a separate room and the boys don't know they are here and never will. Shhhhhh! No co-mingling!!!!
I have observed -- I love them BOTH but their personalities are definitely different. I have never intro'd pigs that did not end up the best of friends BUT--
The boars seem to feel the onset of PUBERTY far more than the girls. While they all get along just fine (I have the first 4 together), there are frequent rumble-struttings, noses-in-the-air (absolutely no fighting tho'), then they just play and eat together. But each new addition to the group has caused a re-shuffling of the pecking order. They act like typical human teenage boys (well, in a GP way) trying to prove they are top dog (GP). The girls just eat their hay, share their sleeping bags and I have seen NOTHING unhappy ever among them!
I just brought home young boar #5 tonight. I went to local Psmart today because I ran out of Betta food again, and (since everyone already knows me as the crazy GP lady by now), the girl told me they had to adopt out a boar who had come to them injured with a back bite/scratch wound. He had already been treated by the vet ( I will give them credit for that much!), and they kept him in isolation till he was completely cleared by the vet, but they would not sell him due to his injury - only give him away to a proper home. The hair is already regrowing over the wound.
Well, twist my arm and put him in a box -- and home he came. I have him in quarantine, but he is so sweet.
So here I am again with a full herd, just this time for the first time, both sexes (again - NO co-ed dorm!!!!) Will keep you all updated on the battle of the sexes!
He also looks like a Satin -- is a Satin Abby possible? I'm not worried about the Satin part, I have had multiple Satins without any problems.
only last during puberty then they seem to forget about it
This is my first experience with sows, and they are all fairly youngish, so time will tell, but I have not seen ANY offensive behavior among the 5 of them (all together). I haven't even seen any chasing. They just love to popcorn -- all at the same time, what a riot!
Last year I rescued by first boy/girl couple and couldn't part with them (failed foster carer am I). Since then I've adopted and rescued a few more girls and desexed boys for them. I love having girls too, they are definately different personality wise.
All 25 of my pigs are in the same room, boys and girls :)