To ensure our girl (Snowy) had company, we decided to get her a new roommate. The new pig (Squeaks) is only 6 weeks old and Snowy is 8 months old - so quite a significant size difference. Both females. Different breeds (Snowy is American short hair and squeaks is absynnian)
Squeaks has been in quarantine for 3 weeks and passed vet check.
We put her in a small cage on the dining table top (neutral territory) and let snowy walk around the cage to get used to get. Snowy would chew relentlessly on the bars trying to get to squeaks. We let the continue for a few hours every day for a week hoping that snowy would eventually get to know squeaks smell, sound etc but she just seems to be angry about there being someone new.
We then took the cage away and setup lots of little tunnels and food. (All cleaned so no smell). We then put both girls out together without the protection of the smaller cage.
Snowy proceeded to chase squeaks around relentlessly. Nipping at her constantly. Squeaks would just run away, not competing for dominance in any way. Snowy would not show any other dominance traits - no head lifting, butt sniffing, etc. Occasionally she will chatter at squeaks.
Fortunately squeaks is small and fast but snowy doesn't stop chasing her, and poor old squeaks looks sore/ginger and scarred.
What can I do here?
Thank you for your advice.
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Squeaks did get a chance to relax and eat when, eventually, she would outrun Snowy and Snowy would tire/lose interest in chasing her. We also pointed the tunnels away from each other so that Snowy couldn't see her when she would be sitting/sleeping. It was quite horrific to watch simply for the fact that Snowy is so much bigger and just doesn't seem to be getting any better (and Squeaks just isn't fighting back, and wouldn't be big enough to if she wanted to)
Would you recommend I keep the divider in place for a few more days (hoping they get used to each other) and then let them together, or go straight to letting them sort this out?
Thanks you so much!
My biggest concern (which is what these articles dont cover) is around the size difference - all the articles seem to relate to piggies fighting, but in this case it's one pig fighting and the other one being bullied (but i"m not sure if what i'm describing really is bullying, or if it's just all part of the introduction process) - particularly as these are two sow's (not boars, which sound like they tend to be the more troublesome pairings)
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Size doesn't matter. I mean, unless your adult pig is a behemoth. Noli did fine with Pinni, and there was quite a size difference in them.