About to Farrow

Late Gestation Sow

A frequent question is how do you know when a sow is close to farrowing. The lady above is an example.

Her bag is smooth and engorged. She’s starting to release a little milk. Her vulva is puffy. She’s looking for good nesting spots and moving the furniture around, building a nest. All signs of impending piglets.

Outdoors: 45°F/24°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 59°F/54°F

Daily Spark: Seed is cheaper than feed.

About Walter Jeffries

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3 Responses to About to Farrow

  1. Farmerbob1 says:

    Ah, so we should expect piglet pictures soon!

  2. Derek says:

    Hi Walter
    How soon before farrowing will a gilt have a steady supply of milk from each teat.?
    I guess every pig is different???

    • Might not. Gilts often don’t produce milk or just a drop on one teat or another prior to farrowing. Sows may drip like leaky faucets. If a gilt does produce milk then generally she’s only a day or two out from farrowing.

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