I’ve received an email from Graham asking about putting his newly born piglets outside. “Just had a litter of pigs born will they go outside if it is muddy or shall I bring them in?” Here is my response to the question and also a response from another reader. Hi Graham, Congratulations on the birth … Read more Newly Born Piglets – Can They Go Outside?
Piglets should be wormed at about 2 months of age or when the piglets are weaned. A piglet that is not wormed will not grow as quickly or as well as wormed piglets. You can administer a wormer by injection, pouring a liquid wormer onto the back of the pig, by liquid in the water … Read more Worming Piglets
I am often asked about weaning piglets and I thought that Katie had an interesting question that asked if it’s ok for piglets to be left to wean naturally. “Hi,the time has come to wean my 8 week old piglets but i really dont want to yet do i really have to cant i leave … Read more Can Piglets Be Left To Wean Naturally?
I was recently told by a neighbouring smallholder that a good tip to help prevent mastitis in a sow when weaning the piglets is when the piglets are weaned (about 8 weeks old) from the sow leave the runt with the sow. This will help to stop the sow from getting mastitis as the runt … Read more Tip For Helping To Prevent Mastitis In Sow When Weaning Piglets
I was recently asked for some tips and advice about feeding a slow growing piglet. “Dear Sara, I have a runt of a litter and he is growing very slow. Do you have any advice? Jeff” Tips and advice for feeding slow growing runts of litter. A good tip is when the piglets are weaned … Read more Tips For Feeding A Slow Growing Runt
Splay legs in piglets is when the newborn piglet is unable to hold the front and or back legs together. The piglet is unable to stand up properly and the front and or hind legs will be spread out. The piglet also finds it difficult to walk and it is therefore difficult for the piglet … Read more Splay Legs In Piglets
Katie is a member of the farmingfriends forum and a reader of the farmingfriends website. Katie contacted me back in August and introduced me to her Kunekune pigs, Coleen, Wayne and Mable. Katie was unsure if Coleen was pregnant and it later turned out that she hadn’t been but she did finally get served by … Read more Katie’s Kunekune Piglets
When I had farrowing gilts on the farm I have always been lucky enough to get live piglets, however sometimes piglets can be born dead but why is that? “Just wondering I have a gilt that just had her first litter. The first 5 were alive but the next 5 were all dead. This is … Read more Why Piglets Born Dead
It is with a heavy heart that I write to say that my beloved little runt (Splays) of the piglets has left the farm. He has I am pleased to say gone to pig owners who have bought saddlebacks from us twice before and I know that he will be cared for well. He has … Read more Runt Of Litter Leaves Farm
My 7/8 week old saddleback piglet called Missy loves to explore the farmyard. She has been coming out of the pig barn to explore the farmyard for about 5 weeks. She was the first piglet to come down the barn steps and she loves to run the length of the fold yard and then to … Read more Saddleback Piglet Explores Farmyard