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    Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    I have two boars that get along great (one is almost 3 and one is almost 1.5). I really would love to add another boy or two. Would a 2X7 be large enough? Do boars do well in a groups of 3 or 4 (the two I have are super great)? Would age matter of the new ones?




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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    I think a 2x7 should be fine. I don't know too much about boars. I'm curious for that answer as well


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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    If they get along well, it's best not to risk upsetting that bond by adding more to the pair. Adding more guinea pigs might cause their bond to be destroyed, and even after you take the new guinea pig out, it might never be the same. As long as you're willing to take that risk, go for it.

    But if you aren't willing to take that risk and still want more guinea pigs, why not just get two more and put them in another cage?

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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    Don't do it. It is VERY difficult to add more males, whether one or several to a bonded pair. We never recommend that people have boar threesomes -- that's a particularly difficult number. If you want more pigs, I'd recommend getting another pair and another cage and not try to put them together.

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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    It sounds best to have a second cage. I would hate to risk causing them any grief. I love my boys so much and they're so good!


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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Don't do it. It is VERY difficult to add more males, whether one or several to a bonded pair. We never recommend that people have boar threesomes -- that's a particularly difficult number. If you want more pigs, I'd recommend getting another pair and another cage and not try to put them together.
    If I got two more males, could the 4 play during floor time? Or would that cause issues too?


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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    I would imagine that it'd start dominance behavior and be stressful for them.

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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    No playtime together unless they live together. It just stirs up trouble.

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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    Definitely DON'T do it. Two males together tops without great risk.

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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    If you have a bonded pair of boars that are successfully living together, don't mess with that! 3 would be difficult, 4 pretty much impossible. Boars, especially young boars(4 months to a year) will always fight for dominance. And this can be dangerous. 2 boars can be a stable, happy heard. The more you add the probability of potential problems is more likely. I wouldn't recommend trying to add more boars, unless you plan to house them separate from your current pair.

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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    In case you hadn't noticed, pigs don't really play together. So there's no point in putting them together for floor time. You'll just set off dominance wars.

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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    I appreciate the input. I suppose we could consider another pair and maybe try sows if we'd be keeping all separate anyways. I've only had boars.


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    Re: Adding male GPigs to my pair?

    I would only add sows if and only if you live in a responsible ADULTS ONLY home. If there are kids around, don't do that either. Responsible adults, should be no problem.

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