I have had two females for about four years (they were rescued as adults, so I don't know their exact age), but lost one today to cancer. I'm trying hard to put it out of my mind for now. I don't want my girl, Ophelia, to be alone after so long of having had a partner. My preference would be to add two young females and have a trio. They will live in a 2 x 5 C & C cage.
I went on Pet Finder and found several bonded young males, but very limited young females, even using a 100 mile radius. I would prefer to get a pair of young ones, because although my remaining pig is doing fine, she does have a mammary tumor and is under the care of the vet. When her time comes, ugggh, I don't want the new pig to be alone.
I've always had only girls or only boys, and have never housed males and females together (she is spayed and I would make sure the boys were neutered). I just thought I'd see what others have experienced. I can wait for the right pair of females, but don't want my girl to be alone too long.
Thank you for your help!
In the absence of any suitable females, you could put paired males close enough to her cage so she knows she's not alone but not right up against, as the boys may sense her and fight over her. My girl's cage is about 5 feet from the boys and I have no issues. The two that are located closest to the girls are about 7 months old and very hormonal. They don't even realize that their neighbors are females.
One other thing to consider is that a single pig can be happy by herself. You'll have to double up on the attention you give her, but it can work. These are just some things to consider.
P.S. Sarah sounds familiar, but it's been about 15-20 years. My mind is no longer a "steel trap".
- I dissent.
I have a sense that they are not a kill-shelter, just based on some of the things they say about rehabilitation and care on their website, but they don't actually spell it out.