Herd behaviour

Updated June by Temple Grandin, Colorado State University The most dangerous dairy bull is a bull that has not been properly socialized to his own kind. When a young bull calf becomes mature at age two, he needs to challenge the top bull in the herd. If the bull calf has been raised alone and has not had the opportunity to interact with other cattle, he thinks he is a person and he wants to exert his dominance over the "herd".

Herd behaviour

Understanding You Aggression An angry guinea pig will start teeth chattering, its a sound heard when they are are clacking their teeth together. Although its rare, if its directed at you, they are telling you to keep away, so please be respectful if your guinea pig is annoyed or upset.

Guinea pigs seldom Herd behaviour chatter at humans and rarely ever bite, but just be aware that if they are extremely upset or afraid, they may nip. When a guinea pig is teeth chattering at another guinea pig, a fight may break out. This often happens when two boars meet for the first time and they are trying to sort out their position in the hierarchy.

It can also happen with sows when they first meet. Usually the fur around their necks will be raised to make them seem larger. They will sway from side to side and look very agitated, they may also Herd behaviour their teeth. If you see your guinea pigs doing this to each another, its best to separate them before they fly at each other, just remember to watch your hands.

Place a towel over them to confuse them, then you can separate them. Barbering Barbering is another word for chewing hair.

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Some guinea pigs chew their cage mate hair. I've not seen this kind of behaviour in my guinea pigs, so here is a very interesting link by Peter Gurney Barbering. Begging for food Guinea pigs love to beg for a tasty treat. As their confidence grows, not only will they start wheeking when they think their veggies are on the way, but they often stand up on their hind legs, just like a dog.

They become very excited and will be looking in your direction with eager eyes that are hoping you've seen them. Here is a lovely picture of Sweetpea showing you how she begs for her veggies: Biting Seldom do guinea pigs bite their owners.

Often they just nibble or bite as a way of communication, especially young guinea pigs who are still learning and testing their limits. There are many reasons why a guinea pig will nip or bite. Maybe the guinea pig isn't being held correctly and is worried, frightened or uncomfortable. If you've been holding your guinea pig for a while, they may nibble your clothes as a way of communicating to you that they need the toilet.

Try not to hold your guinea pig longer than 10 to 15 minutes at a time, they can't cross their legs and hold on any longer. Nearly all my guinea pigs will try to avoid weeing on me, apart from Jasmine who doesn't seem to mind: I do use a towel for Jasmine to protect my clothes.

Not all guinea pigs will nip at your clothes, most just fidget or moan at you, to communicate with you that they want to be put back in their cage.

The only time my Peachy nibbles at my top, is after a nail manicure. She dislikes her nails being cut. By the time I have finished, she's a little agitated and just wants to go back to her cage. She never bites, just nibbles at my clothes. Some guinea pigs bite by accident, when you are feeding them.

In anticipation of getting a tasty treat, they may misjudge and accidentally nip your finger instead of the treat. In addition, if you've been handling food, they may make the mistake of thinking your finger is food, so always wash your hands before holding your guinea pig.

Guinea pigs may bite because of a skin problem like mites. They will try to nip the area to get some relief, but if your hand is in the way, they may nip you by mistake. Because your touching the area that's effected, usually on their backs, you may have triggered the discomfort.

If you notice this behaviour and your guinea pig is excessively scratching and biting their skin, please see your vet for a diagnoses of mites as soon as possible. Mange mites are a painful condition for a guinea pig.

Biting the Cage Bars Some guinea pigs are prone to biting the bars of their cage. Three of my piggies will only do this when they think its veggie time or they hear something that makes them think veggies are on the way. They first start wheeking, but if 'The Chef' is taking too long, they will bite the bars to make sure I've heard them.

A few guinea pigs may bite the bars because they are bored and they are wanting some attention.In many areas of animal behaviour research, improvements in our ability to collect large and detailed data sets are outstripping our ability to analyse them.

Compassion in World Farming provides a tail-biting contingency plan for all pig producers wanting to reduce the incidences of tail-biting on-farm and improve the welfare of their pigs. Tail-biting is a problem that can occur at any stage in modern pig production.

It is a serious welfare issue.

Herd behaviour

Herd behavior, also called as herd mentality or herd instinct, is a widespread tendency of people to do or behave as the crowds do.

Herd behavior may take various forms such as mimicry of the group, conforming to peer pressure, showing obedience to seniors, leaders or expert. What is Herd Behavior? Herding is the idea that people feel most comfortable following the crowd and tend to assume the consensus view to be the correct one.

An Education in Herd Behavior. Herd Behaviour. likes. Herd Behaviour: Heavy psychedelic rock band from Bedford, UK. Herd instinct is a mentality that is distinguished by a lack of individual decision-making or introspection, causing people to think and behave in similar fashion to those around them.

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