What about the known risks of pregnancy and delivery? What if your beloved sow died in the birth?
Plus, if you have room, time, and funds for 5 more pigs, why not adopt ones who are facing death in shelters rather than creating more?
And if you want to see babies grow up there are pleanty of pregnant sows facing death in shelters too.
There is always more to consider than the simply view, you see.
By adopting more pigs if you want a larger herd, you give a homeless piggy a new home, you don't put your current pigs health in danger, and you gain a lovely mix of breeds and personalities.
Most of the people on here with pregnant sows bought guinea pigs from pet stores not knowing they were pregnant. Some have adopted or rescued pregnant sows. Some have pregnant sows because their pigs were missexed. But almost no one here condones breeding, or has bred their pigs purposefully.
- Power to the Pigs
People who mention purposely breeding get bashed, for good reason.
*There are too many homeless pigs already.*
*Every pig bred means death for another homeless pig.*
- Thanks for the Memories
If someone isn't sure about pigs (people drop by the forum all the time wondering about pigs) then s/he should wait until s/he is sure. People who don't think through pet ownership are why so many end up in shelters.
Orvis, should you consider a friend for your pig, try the shelter/rescue route. Aside from all the issues about breeding, older pigs are less crazy and make better lap pets, generally.
Oh, and it's a deal. Consider yourself talked out of it. Bookmark the thread if you need to.