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Can you seperate two boars if fighting and keep them in seperate hutches

9 replies

blueskiesandflowers · 01/07/2014 11:51

Is it ok to keep a guinea on its own they are fighting a fair bit
Was thinking of getting another hutch and putting one in each

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FernieB · 01/07/2014 17:50

If they are really going for each other then they can happily 'side by side'. Keep them in separate cages but so they can see/wheek at each other as they do need company.

My boys went through terrible teens and as it wasn't too bad (although Smoothpig has a tiny bit of ear missingHmm) I left them to it and they mostly get on okay now.

dietcokeandwine · 01/07/2014 18:10

Yes, you can. Our two boars had one minor spat (solved with a temporary separation and subsequent successful reintroduction) but sadly a few months later they had a bad fight resulting in really quite severe injuries to one of them. We were advised at that point that permanent separation was the only option. So we got a second large cage and side by sided them for a while, with a view to neutering / getting a gal pal each eventually.

They are now living as two very happy boar/sow pairs but in the few months before we got the two girls, the boys seemed quite happy to be able to see / chat to each other whilst still having their own space.

samandkat · 01/07/2014 22:26

Yes is completely fine to separate boars

sows get on well with boars and other sows

Boars will fight if sows are around or if they don't have enough space that been said sow often have spats amongst them selfs if space is limited

sanfairyanne · 01/07/2014 23:01

have you tried a larger cage with two sleeping areas/food bowls and a large run?
often it is just because they are cramped together

dotty2 · 02/07/2014 10:07

Our boars had spats on and off from being about 8 months to 10 months old. It would subside for a bit and we'd leave them to it, but in the end one of them got a nasty bite to his throat and at that point we decided we had to separate them. They now live side by side in a 5 x2 panel C&C cage - separated by just a mesh partition so they see each other and chat. Since the weather got nicer, they have been in the run together most days without incident and I am wondering about removing the partition in their cage (they are now 18 months). I'm no expert, but my experience suggests (temporary) separation within seeing and smelling distance might be the way to go.

70isaLimitNotaTarget · 02/07/2014 13:23

My originals got the hump in a smaller cage (their night cage) but when they were out in the daytime , they were fine.

I've always said if mine did fight, I'd side-by-side them.
They can still chat.
Males don't cuddle up.

Instead of two seperate hutches, can you get one large one a divide it - then they can still have contact .
They are sociable animals (sometime a bit too sociable, yes GP3 I'm looking at you) so it is a shame to keep them apart, but sometimes they just don't get on.

Have you tried going right back to basics, clean all traces of them from their hutch (vinegar is good and pungent, and takes off those pesky white pee marks. Rinse it thoroughly after) wash them so they smell the same, then introduce in a new paddling pool without the water

SarcyMare · 02/07/2014 13:29

i hear boar i think 200lb wild furry pig, huge sharp tusks.
I ran to this thread wondering who the hell was going to try and seperate 2 wild boars whilst they were fighting.

glad it is the name for male guinea pigs

70isaLimitNotaTarget · 02/07/2014 13:32

Shock Sarcy my two boars think they are 200lb of wild, tusked boariness.
IRL they are 2lb of solid lard but they do have very sharp teeth Wink

SarcyMare · 03/07/2014 09:28


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