your thoughts on farrowing crates

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coleenandwannekunekune
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your thoughts on farrowing crates

Post by coleenandwannekunekune » Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:39 pm

do you think natural or crate?
it would be great to here your different views! :)

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Post by wendy scu » Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:24 pm

definitely natural - the more you interfere with this and that the more problems you will create - a relaxed sow in a natural environment will usually do much better than one who is stressed by alien things such as crates,
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Farrowing crates

Post by Di » Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:47 pm

Definately NOT farrowing crates.

Natural but helpful if you have a farrowing rail.

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Post by coleenandwannekunekune » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:36 pm

my sow is indoors at the moment as i have brought her in the farrow. i wanted it to be as natural as can be as i think this is best for me and my pig., but what is a farrowing rail? i thought it was the same as those horrible crates!!!

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Post by wendy scu » Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:10 pm

you put a rail or a gate or hurdle across one corner of the pen so the piglets can get through but the sow can't. hang a heat lamp about 3 ft above to warm it and it will encourage the piglets to go in there to sleep so they don't get laid on.

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Post by coleenandwannekunekune » Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:10 am

i have been so thick!! my boyfriend made a sort of crate but it has 3 sides and the sow sleeps in the middle but the piglets can get away from her around the edges as they are covered if you know what i mean she has now madeher nest in there. im so excited now!! i have breed lots of other animals but this is my first time with pigs which of course are the best animal ever!! i think the rail idea is much better so will sort that out right now thank you

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Post by Di » Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:47 pm

Good luck! Let us know how you get on
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