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Introducing female GP to an established GP family?

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Tandissimo Sun 21-Jun-15 22:02:22

We have a gorgeous, friendly and gentle female GP who came to us as one of a mother-daughter pair. When she was bereaved last year, we brought in a new female but they didn't bond and she was being bullied by the new GP, so had to separate them.

We have to leave the country this summer and to our great distress have to rehouse gorgeous GP (moving intercontinentally to Andean country!) Gorgeous GP has been offered a new home by a friend who already has 5 GPs in a lovely run: Mum, Dad (about to be neutered) and 3 little ones.

Would it be possible to introduce a GP into this family group or would she be bullied/rejected? Does anyone have any experience of this sort of dynamic? We're running out of time and just want her to live somewhere where she will be happy and loved, but don't want to risk her being bullied again . Thank you for your advice.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 21-Jun-15 22:21:34

It would probably work easier because she's going to a (to her) neutral territory instead of welcoming (or not) a new pig onto her turf after losing her cagemate.

I'm assuming the friend who is taking your guinea will go through a quarentine process (and the boar will need to be kept seperate for 4-6 weeks after he;s neutered) so they can get used to each other being there.

Are the 3 piglets female? Are they all staying in a group?

Boars like a hareem of females so once she;s bonded, she'll be part of his group.
She'll need to go through the neutral territory and bathing to make them smell the same routine.
(We had a neutered boar and two sows. The boar died in January and we got our current boar in April. they have been bonded for a month now. He is delighted to be in a group)

What order to introduce them? Probably the sow foist (as the Resident dominent sow) then the piglets.. Then the boar when he's sterile?

I think it's brilliant that you are thinking of your piggies next step. she;ll be much happier with other pigs than alone. And if it doesn't go as planned, she can side-by-side but still have company.

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