When a sow or gilt is about to farrow (have her piglets) she usually lays down and you can tell when the first piglet is about to be born as the sow or gilts breathing becomes rapid.
Here is a video clip of my pedigree saddleback sow, called Lacy, only minutes away from farrowing. A few minutes after I took this video clip, Lacy started to farrow and her first piglet of 18 was born.
Those of you who are new to keeping and breeding pigs will hopefully find this video clip a useful reference when your sow or gilt is close to farrowing as this will give you an indication of the breathing pattern of a sow or gilt about to farrow.
A useful book for a new pig keeper and breeder is the book Starting With Pigs by Andy Case.
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