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    Odd behaviour between two sows?

    I don't know what this behaviour is and what isn't, and I'm kind of concerned about what I'd just experienced between my two (alleged) female piggies. I have recently adopted two, Bean and Banjo. I got them about a week ago together.

    Bean is shy, though she enjoys being held and fed in my lap. She usually won't come out of the hidey hut unless Banjo does before her. She's very quiet.
    Banjo is the opposite, she's more brave and noisy. She doesn't like being held really, she squirms a lot.

    I've noticed Banjo trying to get on top of Bean a lot, she will plant her front legs against her but Bean will usually pull away (unless they are both together in a hidey hut). Tonight, I was in the room reading and one of them tried getting behind the other (I believe this is what happened, I wasn't paying complete attention beforehand). I heard one of them squealing- like she was in pain- and when I looked over, Banjo's paws again were on Bean's back... I don't know if they were sexed properly, and when I try to flip them over to check they freak out... Is this behavior normal?

    I got them from a petstore, and I know this was a poor decision. I called them to ask about it, and they told me to return the animals and everything I've bought... Unbelievable...

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Quote Originally Posted by LemonAntlers View Post
    I don't know what this behaviour is and what isn't, and I'm kind of concerned about what I'd just experienced between my two (alleged) female piggies. I have recently adopted two, Bean and Banjo. I got them about a week ago together.

    Bean is shy, though she enjoys being held and fed in my lap. She usually won't come out of the hidey hut unless Banjo does before her. She's very quiet.
    Banjo is the opposite, she's more brave and noisy. She doesn't like being held really, she squirms a lot.

    I've noticed Banjo trying to get on top of Bean a lot, she will plant her front legs against her but Bean will usually pull away (unless they are both together in a hidey hut). Tonight, I was in the room reading and one of them tried getting behind the other (I believe this is what happened, I wasn't paying complete attention beforehand). I heard one of them squealing- like she was in pain- and when I looked over, Banjo's paws again were on Bean's back... I don't know if they were sexed properly, and when I try to flip them over to check they freak out... Is this behavior normal?

    I got them from a petstore, and I know this was a poor decision. I called them to ask about it, and they told me to return the animals and everything I've bought... Unbelievable...
    It might be a dominance thing. Sows do that. You can watch this video on dominance in sows:

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Well, let them flip out if you turn them over. You need to know whether they're same sex or not so you can separate them immediately if they're not.

    They're not fragile creatures that are going to disintegrate if you do something they don't like. Just pick them up firmly with both hands and turn them over. For Pete's sake, it's not nearly as bad as risking the sow's life by letting her have a litter of pups.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Well, let them flip out if you turn them over. You need to know whether they're same sex or not so you can separate them immediately if they're not.

    They're not fragile creatures that are going to disintegrate if you do something they don't like. Just pick them up firmly with both hands and turn them over. For Pete's sake, it's not nearly as bad as risking the sow's life by letting her have a litter of pups.
    Exactly. It can risk a sows life if they get pregnant. I heard it only takes a matter of second for a sow to br impregnated.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cavycraze View Post
    It might be a dominance thing. Sows do that. You can watch this video on dominance in sows:

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    Thank you so much! This helps a lot! I have a vet appointment set up in a week or so, and I hope they'll be able to tell me their sex in solid stone.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Don't wait a week. If they are different gender, you need to separate them immediately.

    See these links to determine their genders.
    http://www.guinealynx.info/sexing.html
    http://cavyspirit.com/sexing.htm

    If you are unsure of their genders, keep them separated.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    If they are Females maybe the cage size is the trouble how large is your cage aside from sexing

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Quote Originally Posted by lissie View Post
    Don't wait a week. If they are different gender, you need to separate them immediately.

    See these links to determine their genders.
    http://www.guinealynx.info/sexing.html
    http://cavyspirit.com/sexing.htm

    If you are unsure of their genders, keep them separated.
    Do you have any advice on how to successfully flip them on their backs to check? That's the part I always have a problem with.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea2002 View Post
    If they are Females maybe the cage size is the trouble how large is your cage aside from sexing
    Huh, it could be that... I'm waiting for my new 2x5 cage to come.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Quote Originally Posted by LemonAntlers View Post
    Do you have any advice on how to successfully flip them on their backs to check? That's the part I always have a problem with.
    Feeding them and then doing it while they're eating helps. That's how I calm mine before nail trimmings and keep them decently distracted during it.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cavycraze View Post
    Feeding them and then doing it while they're eating helps. That's how I calm mine before nail trimmings and keep them decently distracted during it.

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    I've just got them a week ago, actually, so they'll barely eat out of my hands.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    or maybe feed them after you sex them there favorite veggie

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Quote Originally Posted by LemonAntlers View Post
    I've just got them a week ago, actually, so they'll barely eat out of my hands.
    Hmm, I'm not entirely sure then. I hope someone can help you :^) sorry !

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Just keep doing it till you get them on the back. My little Zoe started strutting so I got scared and it took three/four tries but I got her over and she is a girl. That's when I found out strutting is a female thing too. Dear thing, a month old and already bossing Shiemi (my five month old). BTW, Zoe is noisy too and Shiemi is quite.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Quote Originally Posted by LemonAntlers View Post
    Do you have any advice on how to successfully flip them on their backs to check? That's the part I always have a problem with.
    What I do is I sit down with them on my lap. I have them sitting so that their head is facing away from me. Then I put one hand under their stomach and lift up their front half so that their back is against my stomach. Then I lean back a little bit/ use my free hand to shift their bottom forward so that I can see their lower half.

    If you aren't sure what you are looking at use your free hand to feel just above their genitals, male guinea pigs have a bone in their penis which you can feel as a firm vertical line under the skin. If you push your finger down on the top of this firm vertical line (not too hard or you could hurt them) then rub your finger downward (this can take some practice to get right) you can expose the penis on a male. A female guinea pig will not have a firm line, as they have no bone there, and you will not be able to expose a penis.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shieme View Post
    Just keep doing it till you get them on the back. My little Zoe started strutting so I got scared and it took three/four tries but I got her over and she is a girl. That's when I found out strutting is a female thing too. Dear thing, a month old and already bossing Shiemi (my five month old). BTW, Zoe is noisy too and Shiemi is quite.
    I finally did get them on their backs and they are both female! It's a huge relief.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Quote Originally Posted by LemonAntlers View Post
    I finally did get them on their backs and they are both female! It's a huge relief.
    Good!

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    Mounting is normal same-sex dominance behaviour, even with females. They are establishing their hierarchy. Even if they came from the same cage at the petstore, removing the other cavies disrupts their hierarchy and they need to sort it back out.

    so if you are really really sure that you have 2 girls, it's normal.

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    Re: Odd behaviour between two sows?

    I've had my girls for about 3 weeks now. One of them apparently went into heat and I had to do some quick you tubing to figure out why the more timid one was acting like a bully. Next day they were back to normal with the dominant one lifting her head and being all queenly.


    So much to learn about these little darlings. I'm rearranging things in my house and where i hang out just so I can be with them more.

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