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Bonding How to introduce a new piggy to a bonded pair?

MaddysCavys

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I need help. I have 2 bonded males in a 2 1/2 x 5 1/2. I am thinking of getting 1 more male guinea pig. I know how to introduce 2 male guinea pigs but I do not know how to introduce a bonded pair to a new male guinea pig. Can someone give me a few tips on how to properly introduce in this situation? Also, would a 2x5 be a good size for 3 male guinea pigs until christmas time when i re-do my cage? I might just wait to get the new piggy until after it's all re-done. But I am still curious if 3 male guinea pigs could fit comfortably in a 2x5.

Please give me any tips/experience you have with this situation.
Thank you.
 
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I recently got my third male, and introductions went very smooth. They are in a 2x5 c&c cage. They do however get quite a bit of "extra" room. As there pen can attach to their cage so they can come and go. The pen is attached usually only during the day as it takes up quite a bit of space. When the pen is not attached, they do fine in their 2x5. I am planning to use the cubes from the pen to expand their cage soon as I can get my hands on some more coroplast.

My introductions went great. My two bonded males were just under a year, and the new boy was about 3 months. He was a bit scared at first. I am now noticing that one of my males have taken on the dominant role, with the arrival of the new piggy. When before they seemed pretty neutral.
 

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Sounds Great! Just wondering. . . how did you introduce the three?
 

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You can introduce them by putting them in a bathtub (no water, of course). Prepare to throw a towel over them incase if a battle breaks out. during the introductions, it might smell like pus (boys give off that smell)


Make sure you wash everything with you 2 bys scent on it (bedding, hideys toys ect.) so the new male doesn't get mad. Other wise, keep your eyes on them so no fights are breaking out in the new cage.

Oh, and make sure ou quarintine them for three weeks before you put them together. Keep them in seperate rooms, wash your hands after dealing with one pig cage and maybe, even change clothes before dealing with the new pigs.
 

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Well what I did was while I was cleaning their cage, was I set up their play pen (extra grids zip tied together) and put them beside me. Like guineapig67 said clean all blankets and toys so they have a neutral sent. I had no problems with my introductions. My bonded pair didnt even notice the new one for the first 5 minutes or so then they shared food, and after so they sniffing began.

How old is your new piggy going to be? This may have went so well for me because my new piggy was only about 2 or 3 months. They kind of started to look after him.
 

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Dylan; 1 and 1/2 years
Oliver; 8 months
& the new one would be about 2-3 months.:)
 
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