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Bonding Should I get a third or should I stay the same???

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I am considering getting a third guinea pig very late fall. I love my two boys and I might want a third.

I will either build a 2x5 or a 3x4. Space is not the issue

I just don't want to make the comitment of a new guinea pig and it not working out with my boys and having to get a fourth pig to be friends with the new one.

Is it ok to get a 3
 
There's never any guarantee that guinea pigs will be compatible. If you aren't willing to house them separately if they don't get along and will want to rehome him, I'd say stick with your two. You could bring your two to your local rescue and see if they can try and find a compatible male, but dominance issues could still pop up later.
 
Ok. My local rescue is Critter Corral. I was unable to bring my gp last time. Could I do it this time? Or just bring one? I have the space for another 2x4 cage. Do you think it is worth it? How many people have three guinea pigs? Tips or tricks?

Thanks! I am only considering, I do not plan on getting a third in the near future.
 
I brought home a third and while i havn't done intros yet i have a back up cage for my one in case it doesnt work out. My new one has been alone his entire life and if he can't get along with my two i'll just keep him alone as he might prefer it. So i suggest, if you decide on a third, look for a boar from a one pig household. Then if he doesnt like your other two he can be in his own cage. But i have seen people with five boars together so you never know how it'll work out.
 
Ok. My local rescue is Critter Corral. I was unable to bring my gp last time. Could I do it this time? Or just bring one? I have the space for another 2x4 cage. Do you think it is worth it? How many people have three guinea pigs? Tips or tricks?

Thanks! I am only considering, I do not plan on getting a third in the near future.


My suggestion would be to bring them to their annual Open House which is in Crete (near Rt.30 and RT. 1 Main St.) and will be the first or second Sunday in November. I'll post it when the date is confirmed. It's held indoors at a recreation center and they have tables set up and space where you can bring along a small pen or grid enclosure to test them in. Testing quickly like that to see if they will definitely get along is never a "for sure" thing but you will be able to tell pretty fast if they aren't compatible.
 
Ok. So I can bring a pen and see?
 
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