I have just received an email about a sow who is due to farrow soon and her teats are hot and red. “Hi Sara. My sow, Matilda, is due to have her first litter in the next few days. She is very content but I have noticed her back teets are very red and feel … Read more Sow With Hot & Red Teats
I am sometimes asked if you should be present when a gilt or sow is farrowing. Some people believe that you should just let the gilt or sow get on with the farrowing. However if your sow/gilt knows you well then she may not mind you being present. It is useful to be on hand … Read more Should You Be Present When A Gilt Or Sow Is Farrowing?
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 … Read more Farrowing Sow’s Breathing
Pregnant sows or gilts can be fed sow breeder pellets, milled barley and vegetables. It is important to increase the amount of feed given to the gilt or sow a few days before she farrows. Dear Sara I have a pregnant sow That is due to have little ones this month she just wants to … Read more What To Feed A Pregnant Gilt Or Pregnant Sow
Lacy, my saddleback sow has had 15 live piglets this afternoon and evening. This morning she started to carry straw about and then this afternoon when I went to check on her, she was breathing heavily and when I checked her teats she had milk. Her first piglet was born just before 4pm and she … Read more Saddleback Sow Has 15 Piglets
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 … Read more Pregnant Sow
Claire emailed me about her pregnant sow who is swelling up. 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 … Read more Sow Swelling
Cagney the Saddleback sow has had her second litter and this morning when I went out to the farrowing pen at 6.30am there were 10 piglets. Nine of the piglets were feeding but one of the piglets was lying near Cagney’s face. He was still alive but panting. When I managed to pick him up, … Read more Sow Farrowed And Piglets Born