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how long to leave sow and piglets inside

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:19 pm
by pedro1
my sow is due to give birth on Christmas day and i was wondering as i have seperated the sow from my gilts and boar she has a concrete area where she can walk outside and have some freedom rather than being locked in a stable for 2 weeks. but i was wondering how long i should leave it before i take one of the fences away and give them access to a 1.5 acre field. the other sows and boars are in a different field so the piglets wont be in contact with other pigs than there mother and also at what age should i worm the piglets from pedro

Re: how long to leave sow and piglets inside

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:50 pm
by wendy scu
the sooner you can get the piglets outside the better as piglets need to get their iron intake from the soil. they will need shutting in at night because of foxes but i would leave the door open for them to come and go with mum after the first couple of days.
they will need worming between 6 and 8 weeks of age. i usually do mine at weaning (8 weeks)

Re: how long to leave sow and piglets inside

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:00 pm
by pedro1
So should I keep her in the concrete area until she gives birth and then when the piglets are about 4 days old as long as the weather is good shall I open one of the gates and let her and the piglets have access to the 1.5 acres of field from pedro

Re: how long to leave sow and piglets inside

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:02 pm
by wendy scu
yes, that sounds about right

Re: how long to leave sow and piglets inside

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:17 pm
by pedro1
Thanks for your help but what should I use to piglet proof my boundary fences as the fences has the rectangular hole that im sure the piglets would be able to get through when they are still young and small From pedro

Re: how long to leave sow and piglets inside

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:43 pm
by wendy scu
build them a creche so they will stay in the proximity of the arc and the mother can wander at will

Re: how long to leave sow and piglets inside

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:06 pm
by pedro1
how big and what should i use to create the creche, also the hole is the fences are only 8cm tall by 10 cm wide do you think the piglets would be able to get out of them from pedro

Re: how long to leave sow and piglets inside

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:33 pm
by wendy scu
no, i don't think they would

Re: how long to leave sow and piglets inside

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:13 pm
by pedro1
could i just let them have an acre and a half then without building a creche and if not how do i build a creche from pedro