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    Can You Over-Introduce?

    We currently have four boars and I've tried introductions three times, each time with new knowledge.
    I wanna try again, but is it a bad idea? Can you over-do it? If I do it COMPLETELY right this time, is it OK to do?

    I plan on doing these things to ensure a more emotionally and physically safe intro:

    Wash ALL the things (grids, blankets, food dishes, etc)
    More than plenty veggies and hay
    No wood or toys from each other's cages.
    Only interfere when there's blood
    No hideys (I read this once, not sure if it's true?)
    BIG SPACE
    Introduce once, if successful, put in the same cage
    One bottle per pig

    Do I need to do anything else?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Can You Over-Introduce?

    Oh, and what in the gross is this boar glue I heard about? Is my Quasi gonna do this?

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    Re: Can You Over-Introduce?

    Four males together seems overly ambitious and you are stressing them out each time you put them together and "see how it works out."

    Yes, all males will eventually produce boar glue that may or may not be a hassle to clean up/deal with.

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    Re: Can You Over-Introduce?

    I agree with Paula. I just recently tried 4 of my boars in a huge 4.5x5 cage. They didn't do well with each other (blood was drawn!) and are now separated. I haven't had any luck at keeping my 7 boars in more than a group of 2. I now have 3 pairs and 1 solo. In my opinion, 4 times would be overkill. If it hasn't worked out by now, chance are it won't. If you have 2 pairs at the moment and they are getting along, then why mess with it.
    What was the issue with them that they weren't working out?
    Melissa

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    Re: Can You Over-Introduce?

    Quote Originally Posted by Melissa123 View Post
    I agree with Paula. I just recently tried 4 of my boars in a huge 4.5x5 cage. They didn't do well with each other (blood was drawn!) and are now separated. I haven't had any luck at keeping my 7 boars in more than a group of 2. I now have 3 pairs and 1 solo. In my opinion, 4 times would be overkill. If it hasn't worked out by now, chance are it won't. If you have 2 pairs at the moment and they are getting along, then why mess with it.
    What was the issue with them that they weren't working out?
    Quasi seemed like the dominant one, pushing everyone else around and such, but when I'd take him out all three times he's had blood on his chin. After the second time of being bit I discovered a boil-like bump. My friend said to treat it with neosporin. When I finally got some (about a week later) it was gone.

    I only have one pair, the other two are solos.

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    Re: Can You Over-Introduce?

    Quote Originally Posted by SulcataGirl View Post
    Quasi seemed like the dominant one, pushing everyone else around and such, but when I'd take him out all three times he's had blood on his chin. After the second time of being bit I discovered a boil-like bump. My friend said to treat it with neosporin. When I finally got some (about a week later) it was gone.

    I only have one pair, the other two are solos.
    You did the right thing by separating them since blood was drawn.
    Some bite wounds can abscess if not taken care of the proper way. So, if that ever happens again please treat it asap.
    Would it be possible to try the 2 solo pigs by themselves? Have you tried this before?
    Melissa

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    Re: Can You Over-Introduce?

    Quote Originally Posted by Melissa123 View Post
    You did the right thing by separating them since blood was drawn.
    Some bite wounds can abscess if not taken care of the proper way. So, if that ever happens again please treat it asap.
    Would it be possible to try the 2 solo pigs by themselves? Have you tried this before?
    We tried the solo ones together, sort of.
    Mother doesn't understand the pigs' needs or anything, so she put them together in one store bought cage.
    After a day of no fighting or ANYTHING they got in a fight and Sir Alex had a wound. I said screw it right away and they've been separate ever since. I might try a proper intro with them but that would mean my little sister would keep them once i move out and I already feel squeamish leaving all 6 pigs here while I leave for camp.

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