I have a KuneKune boar that I picked up with the intention of breeding. He is around 7 to 8 months old, but is extremely timid. We tried placing another of our boars with him (younger/half the size) and that one instantly established dominance. We have since shifted and placed our kunekune Juliana cross with him, who is even smaller, but more laid back. He now follows the little one, but there is no fighting. I am concerned that he is too timid and that the girls are just going to boss him around even with breeding. Is there something I can do to make him a little more boar like, or to assist as I move towards breeding in the next couple of months?
I don't know pigs from pig poop, but is this trait all bad?
I mean, it seems like he might not get to mate at all, in which case you harvest him.
But if he does mate, you get a his size with his gentleness.
As long as he can forage, and fight for his life, his passiveness seems preferable.
Otherwise, maybe testosterone?
Seriously, I don't think you could train him to be tougher,but maybe someone who actually knows hogs will know better.
An 8 month old boar is not going to show the traits of a boar, that usually really kicks in at around 10 months and up.
Putting boars into a bachelor group means the most dominate will dominate the group and the others will by necessity become subservient to the dominate boar.
Give the fella some more time, if he is with gilts, then when they go in heat, he will man up and try to do his job.
Don't be alarmed if the gilts get a little bruised up should they try to resist his advances.
Our Kunekune boar was a timid weenie til over 1 year old. He didn't breed for the first time until about 1 year old, even though the other mini sows had been cycling a few times.
He's still super freaked out by the big sows. We're hoping that the next time they cycle he'll get horny enough to not be afraid of them