You are here:

Pot Bellied Pigs/Breeding back a mini pbp after loosing litter

Advertisement


Question
"My question is how soon can I breed my sow after she farrowed (birthed) a litter of 9, one still-born..... At 5 days old she sat on 3 and killed them.... The others I am bottle raising! So how soon can I breed her back? Her milk is almost dried up!"

Answer
Sows are fertile for a few days after giving birth. Normally, pigs wean their babies at about 12 - 14 weeks, and that's about when she'll be fertile again.

An important question here is if she should be bred again, in her current environment. Baby piglets require very warm temperatures. If they are chilly they will try to snuggle too close under Momma pig, and are often crushed.

I highly suggest the book Veterinary Care of Pot-Bellied Pigs by Lorrie Boldrick-Blackburn. She has a couple of chapters devoted to pregnancy and infant care

Pot Bellied Pigs

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Helen Morrison

Expertise

Pot-bellied or other miniature pet pig care, including diet, housing, training, health care. Can provide information about zoning, adoption, supplies, and organizations. Questions about any kind of pet swine are welcome!

Experience

Owning, raising, and caring for small pet swine, including "Vietnamese" pot-bellied pigs since 1992.

Organizations
Pigs of Great Fortune; FAREC; PigCollaborative

Education/Credentials
BBA from KSU

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.