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Do all AGH grow tusks?


  • Last updated: March 9, 2016
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Steven Brawn

We are new to the association and raising AGH. We have seen some sights where people have stated that the AGH grow tusks and can get dangerous; is that true, and at what age do they grow? Can they be removed?


Posted: October 19, 2015 #

AntiquityOaks

Welcome to the wonderful world of guinea hogs!

Only boars grow tusks, and they get longer as the boar gets older, so that by age 2, they’re quite obvious. Although they can be cut (typically by a vet when the hog is under anesthesia), they will grow back again.

Guinea hogs are very docile, and our boars have let piglets try to nurse on them and chickens walk all over them when they’re laying down. However, some people have been injured when a boar unexpectedly turned his head at the wrong moment, so it is important to be mindful of where your legs are and where the boar’s tusks are.


Posted: October 29, 2015 #

JEANETTE

I am new at raising American Guinea Hogs and was wondering the same thing about the tusks, can they be removed when they are babies. I just googled it and read that it is a part of there jaw. I was told that some owners file them.

December 4, 2015


Posted: December 4, 2015 #

Bryant and Sandy Cochran

All boar hogs (not just guinea hogs) grow tusks, they can not be removed unless you have the teeth pulled (should not be an option). If you are worried about being cut, there are chaps available (chainsaw chaps are pretty good at keeping you from being cut) Motorcyclist chaps are heavy leather and would be helpful too. The best way is to not startle your boar, a boar will snap turn his head when you startle him, give him a gentle rub every time you go in to the pen, get in the habit of not standing where he can’t see you, and you should not have any problems from his tusks. Our guinea hog boar is 1 year old and he is just starting to grow his tusks, it will be a couple of more years before they are large enough to be a danger.


Posted: March 9, 2016 #

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