Pregnant Sow

Cliare has a pregnant sow but is unsure when her pig will farrow.

hi sara
 claire here again well its been a while but still no piglets yet.
for the first time one of my pigs started to lose thick creamy discharge today and all day  could u tell me what this means as her teats have not fully dropped yet is this a sign of being due
please help asap as im worryed what this is coming from her
thanks from claire

Hi Claire,
Usually nest building occurs when farrowing is imminent and your gilt may lay down. I have read that a slight discharge in the form of blood and mucus can be discharged an hour or two before the birth so this discharge you mention could be normal, but if you are concerned then I would contact someone you know who knows about breeding/farrowing pigs or if you are very concerned then I would consider contacting a vet although this will be costly if they are called out. You could phone your local vet and describe the symptoms and get a phone consultation. Does the discharge smell? If so I have read that this could be a sign for concern.I have checked all the books I have on keeping pigs and looked at the illness section in all. None of the illnesses mention a thick creamy discharge so it maybe the start of farrowing but if in doubt then I would consult someone.
Hope this information helps. I will keep my fingers crossed for your pig and hope that you get some piglets very soon. Keep me posted.
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends
hi sara
 well no piglets yet but thanks for getting back to me on my questions
well 3rd august and  my girl is swelling around her lady bits and still is swelling today 4th  but she is still eating and no nest building
so how long do u think she’s got with this swelling showing
thanks for any more info
from claire  

If you have any information about pregnant sows then please leave a comment, thanks.

2 thoughts on “Pregnant Sow

  1. Hi Melissia,
    Yes Claire’s sow did have piglets in the end which was great news for her and the sow!
    As I said above, “I have read that a slight discharge in the form of blood and mucus can be discharged an hour or two before the birth so this discharge you mention could be normal, but if you are concerned then I would contact someone you know who knows about breeding/farrowing pigs or if you are very concerned then I would consider contacting a vet although this will be costly if they are called out. You could phone your local vet and describe the symptoms and get a phone consultation. Does the discharge smell? If so I have read that this could be a sign for concern.”
    Claire never said what the discharge was.
    It is always a worry when something unusual occurs. Is you pig off her food and not wanting to get up as this is a sign that she may not be very well. What breed is your sow?
    I do hope that your pig is ok. Let me know how she gets on.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  2. I am wondering if Claire ever had piglets or found out what the discharge was. . . have a sow that is having the same discharge she described.

    Thanks,
    Melissia

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