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Livestock => Pigs => Topic started by: Jonah by nature on September 08, 2020, 10:28:12 am

Title: Separating a pregnant pig
Post by: Jonah by nature on September 08, 2020, 10:28:12 am
Hi all , I have a couple of GOS guilts of which one is due to farrow mid October. I know that she should be put in a separate enclosure 2 weeks before. The two pigs are sisters and have been together since birth with no problems.
They will if separated  have adjoining enclosures separated by a gate. I’m not sure how they’ll take this so I’m wondering if they could stay together until a few days before her due date. May be worrying unnecessarily but any advice is appreciated ????
Title: Re: Separating a pregnant pig
Post by: harmony on September 08, 2020, 12:29:46 pm
If they can still see each other it shouldn't be a problem. As they get nearer to farrowing they often get a bit grumpy with their companions. Make sure piglets can't get from one pen to the other. They are often very lively within minutes literally and go wandering off before the sow finishes farrowing at feeds them.
Title: Re: Separating a pregnant pig
Post by: Jonah by nature on September 15, 2020, 07:58:30 am
Hi, many thanks for the reply. I will follow your advice.. if I can I hope to get her to one of my stables in the last few days . All set up for her and piglets with heat lamps etc....That’s the ideal world but if she decides not to move she has a large ark to herself with farrowing rails .

If she farrows in the stables how long should I keep them there before moving them back to her new accommodation?. They will have a small secure concrete area outside the stable as well.
Title: Re: Separating a pregnant pig
Post by: harmony on September 15, 2020, 08:56:33 am
The advantage of your stable over the farrowing ark is that should you have a problem it will be easier/safer to deal with in the stable. However, if you want them to go back out to the ark then why not farrow her in there?


I would think they need to be at least two weeks before you put them back out, certainly off the heat lamp, and the weather not inclement.


Farrowing arks should have a piece across the door so piglets can't get out initially and wander off. And a fender around the entrance so when they first come out they can't go too far but the sow can step over and go and toilet.
Title: Re: Separating a pregnant pig
Post by: Jonah by nature on September 15, 2020, 10:19:48 pm
Many thanks thought as much....will do, how about piglet reading material  I thought reading them a few pages of Each, Peach , pear, plum, ..... Those of you with kids will laugh at that that . Sorry but loon as I am I have a talking stool, pigs get a daily digest of life  narrated to them as I feed them from the “talking stool” :innocent: :innocent: