My Gilts Before Farrowing

My gilts (Cagney and Lacy) are pregnant and likely to farrow in the next week or two so I am busy preparing for not one but two births and two sets of piglets. (Aaahhh!!!)

Gilts Sleeping Next To Each Other In Barn
Gilts Sleeping Next To Each Other In Barn

Things to do before the gilts farrow;

  • Separate the gilts.
  • Make sure the farrowing crates are suitable for the gilts.
  • Get the gilts used to the farrowing crates.
  • Give a dose of wormer to each gilt in the form of an injection.
  • Wash the gilts teats and tummy area.
  • Buy more pig troughs and feeders so that each gilt and set of piglets have access to food and drink.
  • Disinfect the pig stye area.
  • Create two pig styes.
  • Set up pig lamps for the piglets.

I think that’s all I need to do for the time being (thank goodness)! Watch this space for more news from the pig stye.

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2 thoughts on “My Gilts Before Farrowing”

  1. Hi John,
    Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your complimentary comment.
    What breed of pig do you have? The gestation period is 3months, 3 weeks and 3 days. How far along is your sow?
    I have a free forum with a section on pigs which you may find interesting.
    Let me know how she gets on.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  2. Dear Author to this site,
    Thank you for your very helpful information.
    It is my first time on farming and I have this pig (sow0 of mine that is pregnant)I wanted to know the Gestation period.Thank you a gain ,now I am prepared for the piglets.Since pregnacy is not an emergence,when I checked this site,I am sure I have the right Information,thank you.John

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