Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Waiting Game

2013 Ink Ready

This is Ink a couple days before farrowing. This was a huge waiting game as her udders began to fill out almost two weeks prior to farrowing. She became very nervous and had a very uncomfortable attitude for seven days prior to farrowing. We moved her to her private quarters about five days prior to farrowing. Ask pigs vary a little in gestation I was not certain when she would farrow and this was stressful. I was able to express a tiny drop of milk three days before farrowing. A fair amount of milk could be expressed about 6 hours before she actually did farrow. As a gilt she was a little ungraceful in the process and we were concerned about her laying on the little ones so we set up a box adjacent to the pen with heat lamps for the newborns to warm up in while farrowing was in progress. More about that later.

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Dodecamom

Dodedcamom

Ink completed her first farrowing yesterday morning at about 1 in the morning. It took her a couple of hours to get the hang of being a mom but she seems to have it figured out.