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Preparing for farrowing

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:34 pm
by pedro1
Could you give me a list of things that i need for farrowing and roughly how much it is going to cost me thanks from pedro1

Re: Preparing for farrowing

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:00 pm
by wendy scu
hi Pedro,
in my book which is advertised in the resources page of this website (hint hint!) i have a list of useful equipement for farrowing and piglet care:
Soft towels
mild disinfectant
heat lamp
lubricating gel or soap suds
iodine spray
oxytocin
5ml syringes
1ml syringes
Needles: 21gauge x 5/8 " for piglets, 19gauge x 2" for sows
broad spectrum antibiotic
rubber gloves
clean bucket
piglet 'kickstart'
piglet tummy tube
sow milk replacer
baby bottle & small teats
spectam scourhalt
torch
thermometer

Re: Preparing for farrowing

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:49 pm
by Di
To this I would add: mobile phone, flask of tea or coffee, something to sit on and the number of your friendly vet if only for moral support when things don't seem to be going quite right!!

Di

Re: Preparing for farrowing

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:55 pm
by pedro1
Thank you for your help and can i ask what is in the piglet kick start, what is a tummy tube and also is it a thermometer for the pigs or for the weather and also where can i buy all of this.

Re: Preparing for farrowing

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:10 pm
by wendy scu
I use http://www.hyperdrug.co.uk and http://www.farmrite.co.uk as they stock most things.

Piglet kick start is a little oral pump full of iron and vitamins which is very useful for weak piglets - gives them a real boost.
A tummy tube is for putting milk straight down into the tummy if the piglet is too weak to suckle. not a necessity, just happens to be on the list.
thermometer is for the pigs - useful to have just in case the sow is off colour after the birth. sometimes they can retain a bit of afterbirth or a dead piglet. if your sow has a temperature its worth getting some antibiotics from your vet.

You can order most things through your vet too if you don't want to shop online. Good luck with your piglets - 9 times out of 10 all goes smoothly and pigs are excellent natural mums :)

Re: Preparing for farrowing

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:56 am
by pedro1
thanks for all your help and also i can only find 19G x 1 or 1.5 does that matter from pedro

Re: Preparing for farrowing

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:07 am
by pedro1
also is the disinfectant for the building

Re: Preparing for farrowing

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:45 pm
by Pandora
Hi, ring Holmefield Farm Services on - 01904 481490.
They are pig specialist suppliers, and will help you through everything you need and supply it all at very reasonable prices, with quick delivery. They even have consultant vets who are happy to speak to you with any queries you might have :D
Good luck.

Re: Preparing for farrowing

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:44 pm
by wendy scu
that's fine - the gauge is the thicknesss of the needles so 19 is fine even if a bit longer/shorter
I use Holmefield farm services too but beware - they will try to sell you a lot of vaccines etc that you really don't need - but they are helpful and useful.
i was talking disinfectant for hands, etc but disinfecting the area to farrow in before hand is good practice

Re: Preparing for farrowing

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:49 pm
by pedro1
Thank you for all your help and i will tell you when the piglets come but she is not due until december the 26th from pedro