Homesteading Forum banner

farrowing problems

2404 Views 6 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  vtfarma
Our sow, who has had 4 litters easily with 15 total on her last one had 7 within 1-1/2 to 2 hours. She then went 2 hours and delivered a rather stessed, limp piglet that we rubbed alive but later lost followed by a placenta. We figured that was it and went to bed after a half an hour or so. I got up all night every half an hour to check them. Well we lost the 8th one early in the morning. The sow was tired and the other piglets were nursing fine. We went about our day doing chores etc. checking them all regularly. 15 hours after she had the 8th piglet she delivered a 9th. We were not in there. I had checked her 10 minutes before Ron went in. This one was stillborn we believe. It was laying on a water sack/ placenta. We couldn't revive it. We waited for the next placenta nothing. We checked her nothing. The vet came and checked her and gave her a shot of oxcytocin and she is better. VERY Crabby! She came after me this morning. I just pushed her head down. She is very touchy.

Anyone else experience this or see what we could have done to forsee this situation. What about crabby Moms. She has snapped at me a couple of times and charged me once.

What about farrowing pens? what does everyone do for this?

Thanks for the info...Laurie
1 - 1 of 7 Posts
I used to run a large commercial operation (100 sows, farrow to finish market hogs) We used farrowing crates of which the only advantage is the sow doesn't eat/crush as many pigs. It also relieves the danger to humans. Most sows don't want people fooling around w/their pigs, but in a crate, there's nothing they can do about it. I can reach in and get any pig any time, and old mom can stand there and snap and snort, but I'm completely safe.
I hope you're not too attached to your sow, because it's time to sell her for sausage. The productive life of a sow in our operation was about 4 litters. Some, 5 or 6. Some, 1 or 2. Sounds like your sow has been a good producer, and anything over a 10 pig average weaned per litter is great. I'd recommend keeping one of the gilts from this latest litter as a replacement sow. At least you know it comes from a mom who's a good producer/milker.
When a sow begins to have these long deliveries, it's a sign of age and the lack of muscle tone required for quick deliveries. They often will have a pig that gets hung up in the birth canal and as it decays, the sow becomes infected and usually dies. Take my advice and sell your sow after she weans this liter and plan on keeping one or 2 of her offspring for replacements.
See less See more
1 - 1 of 7 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.