4 babies born last night :)

HomesteaderLexi

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My potbelly sow (Pickles) had 4 beautiful babies last night, my husband and I went to check on her and she had one popped out, we stayed to assist her and make sure everything went well. About 30-40 minutes after the 4th piglet she passed the placenta. We dippied all the navels and helped them to nurse for a while, this morning everyone seems to be doing great! So on to my question, I have Iron for injections but I was wondering if putting a pan of dirt in the concrete floor farrowing pen would be better than the injection. If the injection is preferred, where should I give it?
 

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Congrats on your first babies! You can put fresh soil in with them to root through. Just make sure its dirt that no other pigs have been in. We did inject one piglet but it was because she was the runt and very small.
 
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Our piglets are farrowed in soil conditions. We only supplement iron for runts if that even. When we do admin, it's oral drenched.
If you let the sow eat the afterbirth, her milk will be a extra loaded source of iron as well.

If there are any boars, now is the time to decide on plans to castrate or not.
Exciting! Isn't it? Woot!
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Thank you all so much!! I'm going to put soil in an old plastic swimming pool, cut a side down on it and put it in there for them :) I didn't let mom eat the afterbirth but I will definately do that next time
 

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