Below:Hugo & Rainbow had to be separated due to a fight
Rainbow was introduced to hugo as a 4 week old baby (see introducing a baby & our boars pages) and were good friends as they grew.
Sadly & without explanation they began to fight. Blood was drawn and they had to be separated.
They now live side by side. Both are still happy, separately because they can still see each other and interact but are unable to hurt each other.
If you are going through a similar problem these pages should help you. Our side by side page offers a housing solution.
It is a sad fact that sometimes boar friendships don't last. Sometimes paired up pigs, be they litter mates or introduced later in life fall out. In most cases they can settle things and get back to normal after a little squabble and if there are no sows around it is unlikely they will have a serious fight. But there are exceptions to the rule such as we have experienced with Hugo and Rainbow, and where blood is drawn they must be peminently separated.
The most common reason for this occurrence is when a boar was introduced as a baby (how?), and after successful pairing initially, he becomes a rebellious teenager between 12 and 16 weeks this can cause upset as they may challenge the adult for dominance. The baby, now a growing pig might want to replace the adult as top pig & occasionally squabbles might occur.
In most cases this is just normal behavior & necessary to sort out the hierarchy in the pair. Once the roles have been re-established things should settle down. Please see the introducing an adult boar page for details of normal behavior. However in rare cases these squabbles are more serious & where blood is drawn pigs must be separated. This is not as bad as it sounds, the boars can live happily separated through a common wall divider ( see the side by side page for housing solutions in such a situation).
This often occurs due to teenage hormones when the baby boar grows up. When they settle down you may be able to re-introduce the boars following the procedure for introducing adults.
Want to AVOID separation? Check out our Bonded Boars page for tips on keeping the peace & making their friendship last!
Please click on the word Bullying or the images below to read about Bullying, a more difficult to spot (yet every last bit as serious as fighting) reason to separate your boars
Please read the bullying page to help you be vigilant and prevent your boars from suffering.
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