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Sample Pup Weights

JHand recorded the weights of a number of pups on a daily basis. These weights may help you determine what is normal weight loss and gain in newborn pups and determine when hand feeding is necessary. Caruba also recorded a few weeks of weight gain for 4 pups and assembled a chart to illustrate it.

Caruba writes: (edited)

When Butter gave birth to 4 pups on Easter Sunday, I started charting everyone's weight. They start out relatively light (compared to what I've read) but gain weight nicely. Thanks to the chart, I noticed that Caramel might benefit from some extra mom-time around day 3, so every once in a while I took the others away briefly so she could nurse in peace. The chart is for almost 3 weeks, and I hope it might be useful.

I have now switched to weekly weighing. Here are the four of them together: YouTube Video

The two male pups found a great home via shelter adoptions when they were three weeks old. I decided to adopt mom and the two females (Mocha and Caramel).

Here you can see Mocha being born. YouTube Video

We were all very lucky that everything went well. Thankfully, no one will ever breed Butter again. She's been such a great mommy, but it's been very stressful on her.

JHand writes:

Marianne's litter was 5; one was stillborn. The remaining 4 were very healthy. Pecan attempted to eat lettuce only hours old. All were eating veggies by 2 days old and at least 2 had eaten pellets. They also attempted hay. On their 2nd day, they were all fully exploring their world. Popcorning started in earnest by 3 days old.

Ginger's litter was also 5; 2 were stillborn. Rosie, the one that died, showed interest in Kale in the first hours, but on the 2nd day, noticed she was the most timid. In general, I observed that Ginger's babies were less adventurous than Marianne's at the same age, especially Rosie; She seemed so small to me. According to my notes, I started hand feeding Rosie on the 5th day. On the 6th day, she seemed to be doing better, but then she aspirated some pedialyte, and died within 30 minutes, probably less. It was so heartbreaking.

Legolas and Gimli didn't gain weight was quickly as Marianne's babies did, I watched them like hawks and their activity level was always good, so I never chose to hand feed them. In hindsight, today, I probably would have supplemented with Critical Care.

As far as I know all babies are happy and healthy.

Briar Rose was a foster sow I had that delivered in my care. Her babies were all very healthy and active; even Fiona. She had been gaining weight and acting great until the evening of July 27, I knew then she probably wouldn't make it. She died 8:15 a.m. on the 28th of July; cause unknown.

                             Marianne’s 4 Pups                                              Ginger’s 3 Pups

  EbonyCocoa PuffPecanPeanutRosieLegolasGimli
       oz             oz            oz             oz             oz             oz             oz      
01/20/042 1/2 33 1/43 5/8   
01/21/042 3/82 7/833 1/4   
01/22/042 1/42 7/82 7/83 1/8   
01/23/042 1/232 3/43 1/8   
01/24/042 3/43 1/42 7/83 3/8   
01/25/0433 1/233 1/2   
01/26/043 1/43 7/83 1/43 5/8   
01/27/043 5/84 1/43 5/83 3/42 5/83 3/83 1/8
01/28/043 7/84 1/23 1/242 3/832 7/8
01/29/044 1/4544 3/82 1/82 7/82 3/4
01/30/044 5/85 1/44 1/84 3/4232 3/4
01/31/044 7/85 5/84 1/44 7/81 7/832 3/4
02/01/045 1/85 7/84 3/45 1/41 3/432 7/8
02/02/045 3/86 3/85 1/85 7/8Died32 7/8
02/03/045 7/86 1/25 3/86 1/8 3 1/83
02/04/046 1/46 7/85 5/86 3/8 3 1/83 1/8
02/05/046 1/27 3/86 1/86 3/8 3 3/83 1/2
02/06/046 3/47 1/26 3/86 7/8 3 1/23 1/2
02/07/0477 7/86 3/86 7/8 3 3/43 5/8
02/08/047 3/88 1/46 3/47 1/2 4 1/83 7/8
02/09/047 1/48 1/26 7/88 4 5/84 1/8
02/10/048 1/89 3/87 3/48 5/8 54 5/8
02/11/048 3/49 5/888 7/8 5 1/45
02/12/049 1/49 3/48 3/89 1/8 5 3/45 1/8
02/13/049 1/8108 1/29 3/8 5 7/85 3/8
02/14/041010 1/2910 6 3/85 7/8
02/15/049 5/810 5/8910 1/4 6 1/25 7/8
02/16/0410 1/211 3/810 1/811 76 3/8
02/17/04Adopted11 3/810 1/8Adopted  Adopted 6 7/8
02/18/04 12 1/810 3/4   7 1/2
02/19/04 12 3/811 1/2   7 3/4
02/20/04 12 1/411 1/8   7 7/8
02/21/04 1311 1/4   8
02/22/04 13 1/211 1/2   8 3/8
02/23/04 13 1/412 1/8   8 7/8
02/24/04 Adopted Adopted    9
02/27/04      9 1/2
02/28/04      9 7/8
02/01/29      10 1/2
03/02/04      11 1/4
03/03/04      11 1/4
03/04/04      12
03/05/04      11 7/8
03/06/04      12 1/8
03/07/04      12 7/8
03/08/04      12 7/8
03/09/04      13 3/8



Briar Rose’s Pups - (Foster Pig)
 Fiona Aurora Belle             
 ozgramsozgramsozgrams
07/15/044 1/8 116 3 3/4 106 3 7/8 110
07/16/043 7/8 1103 5/8 1043 3/4 106
07/17/043 5/8 1043 1/2 1003 5/8 104
07/18/043 3/4 1103 5/8 1063 5/8 104
07/19/044 1144 1143 7/8 110
07/20/044 1/41224 1/41224 1/8 116
07/21/044 5/81324 1/2 1284 3/8 124
07/22/044 7/8 138 4 3/4 1344 3/4 134
07/23/045 1/41505 1/8 1465 142
07/24/045 3/8 1545 5/8 1585 1/4150
07/25/045 7/8 1665 3/4 1645 3/8 158
07/26/046 1/8 1726 1/8 1725 7/8 166
07/27/046 1/4 176 6 1/41766 1/8 172
07/28/046 1/8 172 Died 6 3/4 1946 3/4 194
07/29/04  7 1987 198
07/30/04  7 1/42067 1/4204
07/31/04  7 7/8 2227 3/4 218
08/01/04  8 2267 3/4 218
08/02/04  8 1/2 2428 3/8 238
08/03/04  8 7/8 2528 5/8 246
08/04/04  9 1/8 2609 1/8 258
08/05/04  9 1/2 2709 3/8 264
08/06/04  9 7/8 2789 7/8 278
08/07/04  10 1/429210 1/2 296
08/08/04  10 1/429210 1/8 288
08/09/04  10 7/8 30810 3/4 306
08/13/04  11 1/2 32611 5/8 328
    Adopted Adopted












And thanks to Crittermom for these graphs!

SardonicSmile observed drops in weight in the first few days for all her pups. She wrote:

        "Luna was born 94 grams, she only went down to 92 grams."
        "Loki was born 91 grams, he went down to 84 grams."
        "Lexi was born 100 grams and she went down to 92 grams."

They all started to gain weigh from day 4 onwards.

This pattern of initial weight loss can be seen in the experiences of the other contributors on this page.

See also LER's pig weights and graph on the forums.

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