Today we had two gilts give birth.
The first gilt had a quick and easy delivery.
She began her litter with a blue butt gilt at 1:45 pm, exactly 26 hours after her induction injection.
She farrowed 9 piglets quickly after that. She was finished just over an hour later.
The second gilt didn’t give birth to her first piglet until 36 hours post induction.
She had a more difficult birth, taking 4 hours to deliver 6 piglets.
We lost 1 runt piglet out of the first litter, but all 14 others are doing well.
Out of 14 total, there are 7 boars (boys) and 7 gilts (girls).
We tie off and cut the umbilical cords, just to help keep things clean. The dogs think umbilical cords are excellent treats.
At 3 days old, we give an iron injection to each baby. This prevents many health problems for newborn piglets. We also clip needle teeth and trim and dip umbilical stumps.
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