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Aggression Male trio teenagers, two are fighting. Is there anything I can do?

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I have a 5x2 C&C cage with a 1×2 loft area and three boars. All three boars I got from the same enclosure at the pet store so are presumably related. I would say they are teenagers, not quite adults not babies. I got them in December and they were maybe a few months old. One minds his own business while the two that USED to cuddle up to eachother are now going head to head. I separated then when they started fighting in their temporary dog crate I put them in during cage cleaning time. I took one to cool down and put a divider in my C&C cage. The two boars are rumbling, strutting, teeth chattering, puffing their hair and trying to get to eachother.

Sometimes they'll lay next to eachother though, which I mistook as them just being dominant yet wanting to be together rather than aggressive, and when I reintroduced them, they tried fighting again and one cornered the other.

Below are the hooligans in question. Right two are the fighters.
[GuineaPigCages.com] Male trio teenagers, two are fighting. Is there anything I can do?

With all that being said, is there ANY way to make this trio work? Will this sort itself out after they age some? I have no space to expand their cage. I have a 5×2 on TOP of their cage with my two older boars. I do have a circular pretty large playpen I use to take them to work with me that I could use for reintroductions on neutral ground.
 
Three males almost NEVER works -- it fails about 99.5% of the time. I'd rehome one of them, or split off two who can live together and get the other one a buddy and another large cage.

Please don't buy another one from a pet store. If pet stores were ethical and their employees knew anything at all about guinea pigs, they'd never have sold you three males. You should be able to find a rescue or shelter near you and take your lone pig in for a "meet and greet" and let him pick out his new buddy.
 
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