Castrating Piglets

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anmol77
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Re: Castrating Piglets

Post by anmol77 » Fri May 06, 2016 11:56 am

I know most have it done earlier but can anyone see any drawbacks or problems with the six week mark?????

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Re: Castrating Piglets

Post by repatexpat » Thu May 12, 2016 3:18 pm

A follow-on question: if castrated late, does the circulating testosterone result in sexual differentiation and behavioural differences compared to earlier castration?
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The Rushbury Pig
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Re: Castrating Piglets

Post by The Rushbury Pig » Thu May 12, 2016 3:20 pm

No, not if you are taking them to a vet and it is being done under sedation or a local anaesthetic is being used. It must be performed by a vet with some form of anaesthesia :) At this age you tend to find the testicles have descended further and so are easier to locate and remove :)
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Re: Castrating Piglets

Post by The Rushbury Pig » Thu May 12, 2016 3:23 pm

At this stage the levels of testosterone are usually very low and so you don't see any behavioural difference. Castrating at any age tends to reduce male behaviour/characteristics but certainly, in most kunekune, before 4 months will make little difference. Although some boars by that stage may be exhibiting boar like behaviour - there are always exceptions to the rule :lol:
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