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    3 Male guinea pigs chasing new male

    So, I had three male guinea pigs all rescued . Two of them have been together two years and the last 6 months. They all got along pretty well, until I got a baby guinea pig 2 months ago. I kept him separate for the 2 months and recently moved him in. My two male guinea pigs that are good friends wonít stop chasing the poor guy. Hampton and Mars are the good friends and my other one (Teddy) is pretty much loving his alone time. I just put my new one (Einstein) in with them and Hampton and Mars will non-stop chase him. Teddy has come out of his alone time and protected Einstein but he canít do that all the time. I canít sleep because they will chase each other and rumble. Theyíve done this for the past 24 hours Einstein has been in there, and I feel so bad for him. Hampton and Mars will stop chasing him if I sit there watching but immediately start again when I get up. I have a dog pen that has been stretched from wall to wall and takes up most of my room so I donít think itís the size of cage. Hampton chased Mars a lot when I first got Mars but they eventually stopped. Should I just wait until it stops? Teddy will chase Hampton and Mars away and sit next to Einstein while he eats to make sure he gets food. Teddyís never allowed Hampton and Mars to mount him and they left him alone up until now. Sometimes Hampton eats with Einstein when veggies are being served but chases him after. I really donít know what to do and I need sleep. Can anyone help me figure this out?

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    Re: 3 Male guinea pigs chasing new male

    Three males together almost never works, and it especially doesn't work when you add a third to a well-established pair. We never recommend that anyone put three males together. There are a very few experienced GP owners who have made it work, but they have had very mellow pigs, huge cages, and a lot of luck.

    My recommendation is that you either rehome Teddy, or get another pig and another cage and have two pairs rather than the threesome. When all of them are well out of puberty (at least two years old), you might be able to try a foursome in a huge cage.

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    Re: 3 Male guinea pigs chasing new male

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Three males together almost never works, and it especially doesn't work when you add a third to a well-established pair. We never recommend that anyone put three males together. There are a very few experienced GP owners who have made it work, but they have had very mellow pigs, huge cages, and a lot of luck.

    My recommendation is that you either rehome Teddy, or get another pig and another cage and have two pairs rather than the threesome. When all of them are well out of puberty (at least two years old), you might be able to try a foursome in a huge cage.
    Alright, I split the cage in half and Iím going to keep it there until I eventually grow up and move into a different house and Iíll get separate cages. Since Hampton and Mars are friends theyíre together and theyíre sleeping together. Teddyís been protecting the youngest pig that just moved into the cage I put them together. Hampton and Mars are both over 2 years old. Teddy is one and a half, Einstein is 3 months old. Teddy and Einstein are chill with each other. The reason I split the cage is because Einstein was so scared of Hampton and Mars he was hiding behind a hideout and didnít eat breakfast. Heís good now. Is this an okay setup?

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    Re: 3 Male guinea pigs chasing new male

    How big are your cages? If you have c&c cages you could always put the cages vertically and save some room.

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    Re: 3 Male guinea pigs chasing new male

    Quote Originally Posted by Candalalala View Post
    How big are your cages? If you have c&c cages you could always put the cages vertically and save some room.
    Here’s a diagram of my room and cage setup. I just split in half and all of them are doing really good. Einstein has finally come out of the corner and has been eating hay with Teddy. Hampton gets crazy when he hears Einstein squeak and popcorn I think he wants to dominate Einstein.
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    Re: 3 Male guinea pigs chasing new male

    Are both cages approximately 10 square feet or more?

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    Re: 3 Male guinea pigs chasing new male

    Both are about 15 square feet. It’s been better so far, the baby (Einstein) has been coming out. Teddy is going through puberty, about 5 more months until he’s 2 years old. Einstein will start puberty in about two weeks. Is it okay if Einstein stays with Teddy during his puberty? Do I isolate the pig going through puberty until he’s 2?

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    Re: 3 Male guinea pigs chasing new male

    No! Keep them together and let them sort out their differences through puberty.
    Is 15 square feet all together or both separately?

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    Re: 3 Male guinea pigs chasing new male

    Quote Originally Posted by Candalalala View Post
    No! Keep them together and let them sort out their differences through puberty.
    Is 15 square feet all together or both separately?
    both separately are 15 square feet. Einstein is scared very easily, Iím pretty sure itís a normal thing for babies but I donít know. Iím hoping Teddy will be a role model and teach him to come out more. Teddy I got as a baby also, Hampton and Mars I rescued from shelters.

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    Re: 3 Male guinea pigs chasing new male

    They will learn they are safe soon enough! Keep food handy as a way to show you're a friend and not a big scary monster. I got both of mine when they were about a month old. It took awhile but they soon learned to trust me.

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