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clyro
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heat lamp

Post by clyro » Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:35 pm

hello everyone
well it looks like the time is close either that or am feeding to much.. do i need a heat lamp with weather like this and shall i bring her in or leave her out.? thanks pat..

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Re: heat lamp

Post by pedro1 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:14 pm

You should defiantly bring her inside and I always have a the heat lamp on for the first few days of the piglets pregnancy unless it is the middle of summer and the weather is really good. I do this because when the skies are clear during the day it does not retain any heat so the night aspire usually quite cold and the piglets need to be at a temperature no less that 27 Celsius from Tom

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Re: heat lamp

Post by clyro » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:34 pm

thank you i shall try and get her in tomorrow and set up the lamp but will only put it on when they arrive..

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Post by truella » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:41 am

All my pigs farrow outside in their arcs with no heat lamps (no electricity at the field) so if she is happy outside, leave her, just don't give her too much straw as the piglets tend to bury themselves & can get squashed.
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Post by simon » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:35 pm

pedro1 wrote: piglets need to be at a temperature no less that 27 Celsius from Tom
Tom, thats really quite high. Possibly you mean their body temperature, not the surrounding air temperature. I think a lot of people farrow without a heat lamp. A stack of piglets next to their mum can generate quite a bit of heat.

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Post by clyro » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:47 pm

arrh right so the other question now is ive separated her from her best mate.(they are in paddocks next door to one and other) but am feeling guilty as her mate is pining for her and just stays by the gateway all day. can i put them back together or keep them separated.?

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Post by truella » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:21 pm

If they can see each other I wouldn't worry - her mate will accept it eventually.
I have left 2 sows together to farrow before but do prefer them to be seperate so they can get the special bond they need with their piglets.
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Post by wendy scu » Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:50 pm

if she farrows with her mate you will undoubtedly get some piglets squashed - tiny piglets and two big fat bodies is a bit of a recipe for disaster. iwould go with Truella on that one and let her get used to it.

I never farrow in arcs. 9times out of 10 all will be well but if you have a problem its pretty difficut to deal with in an arc, especially at night. Foxes and badgers will take newborn piglets, especially at this time of year when they have young.
I would also use a heat lamp. A heat lamp and a little creep for the first few days will save lives.

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Post by clyro » Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:37 pm

thank you both.... fingers crossed i can keep strong and keep them separate..

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Post by clyro » Wed May 02, 2012 9:30 pm

well my girl had 6 little ones today all healty and strong.. and heat lamp is on as looking at the weather i think they are going to need it..

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Post by wendy scu » Thu May 03, 2012 11:15 am

goo news, congratulations !

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Post by clyro » Thu May 03, 2012 8:04 pm

thanks wendy..

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