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JHP Homestead Farrowing Thread - 1st time ever

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Pigs' started by JHP Homestead, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. Jun 11, 2019 at 10:11 PM
    AmberLops

    AmberLops Loving the herd life

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    Ooh! SO exciting!
     
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  2. Jun 15, 2019 at 1:52 PM
    JHP Homestead

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    Today is Gert’s due date! She was looking pretty miserable when I checked on her a couple of hours ago. Not sure that she’s in labor or anything yet. If pigs are anything like horses or cows, it’ll probably still be days .
    I hope not though. I’m so excited!
     
  3. Jun 15, 2019 at 3:18 PM
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Herd Master

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    Hope it goes well and you get lots of healthy babies!:fl
     
  4. Jun 15, 2019 at 3:21 PM
    luvmypets

    luvmypets Herd Master

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    Hopefully your due dates are better than mine, most of them have been off by a 5-7 days. Gotta work on that :rolleyes:

    How is her underline looking?
     
  5. Jun 15, 2019 at 3:58 PM
    JHP Homestead

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    I took this picture about half an hour ago. Her belly seems lower than it did before. She was wanting her supper so I guess she’s feeling a bit better than earlier.
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  6. Jun 15, 2019 at 4:51 PM
    AmberLops

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    Oooh! Exciting! Hoping for happy healthy piglets :fl:love
     
  7. Jun 15, 2019 at 5:14 PM
    luvmypets

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    I say a few more days, but hey no pig is the same!

    With her litter you should try socializing them as she allows. You may have to wait until they are weaned. All my piggies are super friendly, so it makes basic chores easier. All of my sows, except one(herd queen Prissy) let me in with their piglets as Ive gained their trust. It really helps if I think one may be sick or injured. Instead of having to dance around an aggressive mom I walk in pat the sow on the forehead and examine her babies(normally I just take a ton of photos). I don’t know how many pigs you plan on raising but if you are breeding you want the mums to trust you. I had to pull my first piglet from the birth canal a few months ago, the sow knew me and although she was in distress she let me in her space to help her. You never know when an emergency may occur so having calm animals in those scenarios is always a must. :)

    Also if she trust you enough she will allow you to express milk. Most websites say milk means babes will arrive in 12-24 hours but for my girls its more around 7-10 days.

    Good luck for your girly! Praying for a great first time sow!
     
  8. Jun 15, 2019 at 5:52 PM
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    Thanks for the info! We only plan on having a sow or two, mainly to breed for meat for ourselves and extended family.
    I wish she was socialized a bit better herself. She’s otherwise a nice pig. When we got her I just put her out with our feeders and didn’t handle her much. I’m going to try to handle her babies a lot more.
     
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