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    Can a new pig break a bond of previous pigs?

    I have two young teddy boys and a skinny boy about a year old
    My adopted Skinny pig is nearing the end of quarantine so I'm planning out a cage for the three boys to live together.
    But, the woman I bought my teddies from seemed hesitant when I mentioned that I was looking to adopt another male and introduce them and told me it likely wouldn't work and might cause the teddies not to get along anymore.

    The skinny was raised alone in a small cage and most of the day just sits in his igloo so I think he'd really benefit from some company but I don't want to cause a break up between the teddies.

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    Re: Can a new pig break a bond of previous pigs?

    She's right. Anybody who attempts to add a third pig to a bonded pair needs to be prepared for the fact that they may wind up with three singleton pigs instead of one herd.

    We never recommend a threesome of males. It can work, and it sometimes does, but more often it doesn't, and it shouldn't be attempted by inexperienced owners.

    My recommendation is that you adopt another pig to go with the skinny, and have two cages with two pigs each.
    Last edited by bpatters; 09-24-16 at 09:17 am.

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    Re: Can a new pig break a bond of previous pigs?

    Thanks for the confirmation. I'll get the supplies for separate 2 pig cages and find a buddy for Skinny.

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    Re: Can a new pig break a bond of previous pigs?

    On the plus side, with this set up you can have four happy piggies. Even if they can't all be together, that will be fun.

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