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delivering piglets

Postby foxyroxy » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:36 pm

I have a gilt that is due to farrow the beginning of January. This will be our first experience with piglets. i've been trying to find out what happens to the umbilical cord once the piglet is born. Do you have to cut it or how does it disconnect from the piglet? Any information you may have would help. Does she need to be changed to gestation/lactation feed? How much food should she be eating daily?
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Re: delivering piglets

Postby Lasergrl » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:17 pm

Diet depends on if potbelly or farm pig. You feed them normally until they deliver, then feed will need increased to support the lactation. Most feed an 18% protein feed at least, 20% if you can find it.
The umbilical cords snap off about 1-2 inches away from the belly and nothing is needed by you. If they are born on dirt and not cement then you won't need iron. If they have no access to dirt they will need iron shots.

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