I am afraid I have a pregnant sow!

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samtesla

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:51 pm


Inquiring minds want to know. Do post partum piggie moms lose their pregnancy weight fairly quickly / easily compared to their human counterparts? (i.e. does it work like humans, where one adds, say, 25 lb, loses 10-15 at delivery and takes a few months to return to PP weight?)

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SusieQ
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:55 pm


My sows snapped back into shape almost immediately. Mittens has noticeable saddlebags on her sides now because of two pregnancies with fairly large babies, but I think those will be permanent.

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JHand
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:58 pm


When I had Skipper's mom here for her delivery she lost all her weight and kept losing weight for a while. I was very concerned. That was the first time I posted here on GL




Ugh! I hate it when I make a typo.

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JHand
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:03 pm


Oh Wow! Kleenmama - Maybe I do have longer to wait. how wonderful all survived, and that weight - wow!

I hope we have the same outcome here.


How many did Salem end up having?

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KarasKavies
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:58 pm


Patty never did regain her girlish figure! Her new owner posts on here from time to time. I think she had had many pregnancies.

All the other moms I have had went right back to their trim selves. That's when you realize how young the moms are. They still look like pups themselves.

Patty's pups were: 55, 80, 130, 130, and 95 grams. Bea was small and the two 103's were big!

Betty had five too. Her pups were: 80, 90, 95, 95, and 105 grams. That was a good even litter.

KM.. I can't get your pictures to come up. I want to see your babies!

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KarasKavies
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 9:02 pm


They work now! Those 6 little rainbow piggers are too, too cute! Mom was WIDE!!! Do you have weights on the pups?

It is amazing that even being that big Patty could still RUN away from me. She looked like a hover craft.

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GP Slave
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:10 pm


These gals are going to have to give birth soon, I don't about the rest of you, but I'm a nervous wreck, and they're not even my pigs!

Erin8607
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:28 pm


Galaxie had 3, two 4 ouncers and one 5 ouncer(pic 2 days prior to birth)-
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Raven had 2, both were 5 ouncers(picture 10 days prior)-
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Little Pig had 3, all were about 2 1/2 ounces(2 days prior)-
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Cinnamon had 2, both were about 4 ounces(1 day prior)-
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Beauty had Seven, she was a pig that a friend of mine has so I don't have weights on them. Only 4 survived =(
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PiggleWiggle

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:46 pm


What an amazing story! I am on the edge of my seat to find out about the babies!

Very good luck to you.

Nicole

kleenmama
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:48 pm


Oh, poor Beauty! 7 babies, man!
Kara, each baby of Wildflower's was 3 ounces except for Sweetpea. She was only 1.5 ounces (sorry, back then I didn't have a scale that would weight in grams!) I handfed her so that she could get a jump on her siblings, and we took to calling her Fang because she would chomp on any finger that came near her.
Dribble adopted Daphne and I kept Buttercup.

With Salem, she had 4 large babies. Here they are! All were right at 5 ounces. For a newborn, that is huge!

http://www.geocities.com/kleenmama2000/Salems_babies.html

Jeannette, she will have them within minutes as soon as you are preoccupied. As you can see with Salem, I checked her at 12:15 and nothing, by 5:45 the following morning, the deed was done, they were dry, and all the cage was clean. They are stubborn snots, I tell ya.
I missed Seemee by about 4 minutes. Out of all of the births I've had here, I've actually seen 5 total, out of maybe 100.

HollyT
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:00 pm


Only 5 out of 100? Wow!

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JHand
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:26 pm


I am loving seeing all these pics!

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KarasKavies
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Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:29 am


KM... 100 births!? I didn't know you had had that many. You need to be the board's midwife!

I've seen 5 out of 5 births but, as I said on another thread, I was obsessive about it!

WOW! Salem had big pups. Poor girl!

Erin... the before and after pitures of Salem are amazing! Where does all the "extra" pig go!?

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JHand
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Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 5:43 am


no babes yet.


I am taking Skipper to the vet again today to see how his incision site is healing. I am not sure about how it is looking. He is doing well as far as eating, pooping and peeing. So maybe it is not as bad as I think it is. I'll let you know how that went. The appt is at 12:00.

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AliceMcmallis
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Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:37 am


I was lucky enough to see my Juliet giving birth to Alice and Maggie. I turned out the light to go to sleep at about 10:00 at night, and within 10-15 minutes I heard her start to make some funny, grunty noises (her cage was right by the bed).

When I turned on the light Romeo was pacing around outside the pigloo, and I knew it was time. I got to see them actually coming out of her and it was amazing!

Good luck with your babies Jeannette, I really hope everything goes well for them.

kleenmama
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Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 10:42 am


There are a couple clues to the sows being ready to give birth, but you have to be right there to hear it. Each of my sows made a little "wub wub" sound, like talking to their babies before the births. Milkdud was a very quiet pig, so when I heard those sounds, I never moved from the cage. She delivered within minutes, and continued to wub like that to her babies until they were almost weaned.
It's sort of like the sounds pigs make during floor time, when they are exploring, only quieter. And it's not happy talking, squeaking, or wheeking. It's very quiet.

As for the births, I'm no expert. I really tried to pay attention and learn things.

For a while, we thought we had a sure-fire way to tell of imminent birth. All of our pigs would refuse their carrot right before birth. Then we had a pig of my daughters that ate her carrot and delivered within literally minutes. So there went that theory!

I could never count on the spreading pelvis, some didn't move a bit till delivery, and others would go back and forth and back and forth.

The best time frame I came up with is this. If you hold the pigs every day, from the first day you feel little tiny movements, barely little flutters, it's about 3 weeks. From feeling the babies really kick, no doubt about it, about 2 weeks. And there are exceptions to this. With a chocolate sow I had here, she only had one baby, same with my cream sow. So I felt no movement on these pigs until two days before delivery.

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SuzisZoo

Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 10:53 am


KM, thank you for mentioning that sound. I noticed that Baby has been making that sound for the past couple of weeks and I had no idea what it was. Now I realize that it started happening right after she gave birth. How cute!

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KarasKavies
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Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:10 pm


I have heard that sound too. I always called it "birthing noises." Between mom and the new pups there are lots of little sounds coming out!

I've said it before, I think it is so cute when the moms have one little pup. Maybe because I am an only child?! I just think it's cute.

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JHand
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Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:58 pm


I just got back from the vet with Skipper. I was very happy to find out the incision looked good. The stuff that wasn't looking good was actually a waxy substance produced from the anal area. I forgot exactly what the vet said about it. I can clean that if necessary.

The very first time I felt movement was the 2nd of January, but I didn't know that it was something to look for until the 1st. So I don't know if I would have felt it sooner or not. Ginger was 4 or so days later.

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SuzisZoo

Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 2:08 pm


Glad Skipper is doing OK. I thought for sure you'd come home from the vet and find some babies.

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