Boars fighting and humping

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Post   » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:08 pm

Hi I wonder if anyone can give me some advice 😢
I had to boars and after weeks of trying to settle them and getting them to bond they just wouldn’t get on and were drawing blood so when I called the pets at home they said to take them back to the shop which I was devastated as I’d grown attached but didn’t have the experience to deal with it myself.

I now have two more boars I’ve had them a week and have been slowly getting to know them and letting them settle, the bigger one (Blaster) has always rumble strutted but not been aggressive with it but now the little one Darwin is chasing Blaster everywhere and won’t stop humping him and his face do I just leave them to it or separate them. X


Post   » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:16 pm

Housing is important. Here is a link to proper size cage

Make sure they each have one of everything, water bottle, food dish, hiding spots (but they should be open somewhat) toys etc.

Don't separate until there is no other option. Check cage size, very important.


Post   » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:23 pm

I have an eco world cage but I have ordered a c & c cage so I’m hoping it will arrive soon and they are ok till then. Thanks for your help!

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Post   » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:41 pm

Figure some way to give them more space until you get the C&C cage, or you're going to have a serious injury. I hope you got a big C&C cage -- boars need a lot of space, and crowding is a major reason for aggression. Also, if you've got young pigs, they're gonna go through puberty, and they WILL hump and quarrel. You may have to separate them until they're through adolscence.

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Post   » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:03 pm

Ditto what you have already been told. With guinea pigs, and males especially, there are no guarantees that they will get along. Every guinea pig is an individual, and as is the same with people, some will get along and some won't. You can improve the odds by offering the largest habitat possible.

Do read the Care Guide, with particular attention to these areas:


Post   » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:27 pm

Thank you for all your advice I think I will bring the run inside and set that up for them till the c and c cage is here as it’s a lot bigger. I was told the eco world cage would be big enough but they clearly haven’t got enough room to rum around and I’d hate for them to be unhappy 🙁


Post   » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:29 pm

The pet shops don’t seem to know a great deal so it’s really nice to get advice if people that know what they’re talking about so I can give them a happy healthy life. X

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Post   » Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:09 pm

Pet shops exist to sell things, not to give advice on the care and housing of any animal. They're the last people on earth I'd ask about anything about a pet.

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Post   » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:26 pm

A lot good guinea pig care information to be found on this site, both in the forum and in the Care Guide:

You can also post other guinea pig-related questions on the Cavy Chat board (General Chat is more for non-piggie posts).


Post   » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:55 pm

Pet Shops care nothing about the animals they sell, although up there in corporate they fall all over themselves to say how they do care - they don't.
Try not to buy GPs at pet stores, they support really horrific breeding mills and also chances are you high you will end up with a sick GP

I have seen some floor workers that care very much for the animals and try real hard to make their lives ok. Good people but it doesn't take away the horror show of where the poor animals come from.

Typically there are loads and loads of GPs that need adoption if you look around a bit.

Good luck with your boars, they can be a challenge. If you read up and follow the good advice from the links here you increase your odds considerably.


Post   » Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:50 am

Double check to make sure they are actually both boars. Pet store employees make mistakes on gender all the time.

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Post   » Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:57 pm

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Post   » Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:03 pm

That's what I was thinking - are they really both boars? Triple agree with space and two or more of everything. Even though my trio gets along well, they all have their own pigloo and I put food bowls and water bottles on opposite sides of the pen so no one pig can guard everything. Also, get them checked for mites.


Post   » Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:25 pm

This is an old post, but Ill comment for others. Our first GP, Milt, showed up in our backyard. No one claimed him, but we suspect someone placed him over their back fence. He does not like to share his habitat... Gets upset.

However, if the other male has his own hab, this guy will hang out peacefully in shared indoor and outdoor play areas. We took on an 8 year old, Merlin, whose 2nd fam was moving across country by car and feared he would die. They enjoyed social time, but Milt never shared his hab. We lost Merlin a month ago at 10, so got a young rescue with a blind eye.

Similarly, they play together, but have separate habs. The young guy wants more togetherness, but Milt is adamant, especially as he has gone through a recent bought with stones.

I am greatful for this site because it help me prolong Merlin's life. It also helped make Milts life easier and may have saved bis life as well.

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Post   » Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:19 pm

I have 4 boars. Two of them are paired brothers and get along great. They share a habitat with 2 of everything. They still have confrontation and they hump each other occasionally but it's usually a very short affair. They are just about a year old.

My other two don't get along at all unless there's some kind of barrier between them. With the barrier in place, they touch noses through it, purr and popcorn for each other. Remove the barrier and it's on with a full on brawl. They've drawn blood and bitten small pieces of each other's ears off. I only tried twice to pair them before I realized that it was not going to happen. That was when they both were under a year old. They're both over 2 now, but they are relegated to socialize through the wire cage.

Some piggies just aren't meant to share their personal space. Unless you don't have space for two cages large enough to give them the room they need, there's no reason you have to get rid of them just because they don't get along.

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Post   » Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:57 pm

Sounds like you have been an excellent caretaker of these guinea pigs, Syllevator! If we helped prolong their lifes, that is great.

I do think guinea pigs are happier when there are other guinea pigs nearby, even if they cannot get along with them.

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