Raising Pigs: Piglets & Nursing

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Raising Pigs: Piglet Development....5

Watch a naturalist from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Drumlin Farm explain facts about piglets and nursing in this free online video.

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So having your very own litter of pigs involves quite a lot of maintenance and quite a lot of education when you are going about in this process too. Hazel, our large mother, was a year old and it was her first litter when we brought her here. She has 14 teeth so that means she can have a litter size of about 14. But because this was her first litter, she only had 4. So that's a gamble. Once again if you are a farmer having a first time mother, you may not get a large litter. But after she gave birth, farmer needs to have a lot of knowledge and education. Sometimes the mother can roll over her brand new piglet's. These piglet's are very tiny when they are first born and sometimes she can roll over and squash or suffocate one of her own young so it is important to have proper housing for the mother and her piglet's too. As well if they are still with the bore, the bore can sometimes be very aggressive with the piglet's so they need to be away from their bore and be with their mother who will be nursing them for quite some time before they will be taken off and can start eating grain on their own.

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