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Old 06-18-2017, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default Piglets - AGH x KuneKune question

A few months back, I asked about our KuneKune boar and if he was old enough to actually breed. Thank you to everyone that answered and for those of you that are wondering, he was very capable of breeding at his young age! Only 4 months old.....we were told he wouldn't be fertile until 12 months......

It appears that both of our AGH gilts are pregnant and the first one looks to be due pretty soon!!! She has the "I'm so over this, I'm just going to lay in the hay and eat" Look. And I don't like to call to comment on weight with anyone....but boy is that girl HUGE!!!!!

This will be our first time with piglets and here's my questions:

1. About castration - We were just planning on cutting the boars ourselves, but then I got reading about KuneKune's have something different about them and that the cut/pull/cut method may not work.....they are more prone to hernias? I had never read that before and I'm hoping that someone here can chime in and help. I'm hoping that since they will be 50% KuneKune and 50% AGH, then it will be different and easier (what is ever easy?).

2. Cutting the needle teeth. Do people still do that? Again, the more I read, the more I am hearing that majority of people do not cut the needle teeth in piglets now.

Our 2 gilts are outside and while their area isn't a huge area...they do have a pretty large pen outside with lots of space. I believe it's about 6 cattle corral panels long and wide with an additional covered "house". So they are not overly crowded.

With our goats, I had spent months researching kidding, care, etc. So I'm starting to feel like such a slacker on getting ready for piglets ;(


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I know nothing about pigs but I'm excited to see your piglets when they are born!!!!


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Thanks! Piglets are the cutest things ever! I'm really excited about these ones.... I'm really hoping that the short snout and wattles come through. Our Boar has both
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Could you post pictures of the lucky soon to be parents?
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Here's Mamma!

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Here's Daddy! Upside down, in all is glory......darn it!

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Oh, they posted correctly! It showed that they would be upside down. Yay!
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Wow they're adorable! I've never seen a pig have wattles but they are so cute on him!!!
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Good luck! I will be following along

Here's a good thread on farrowing:
http://www.thegoatspot.net/forum/f223/almost-time-farrowing-181545/
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Good luck! I will be following along

Here's a good thread on farrowing:
http://www.thegoatspot.net/forum/f223/almost-time-farrowing-181545/
Thank you! That was very helpful

The thing with these pigs is that there isn't too many detailed answers to farrowing. Most are commercial hogs or feeders.....

I did talk to the breeder we got Big Jake from and she said she doesn't clip needle teeth and castrating is preference. Being done around 2-4 weeks.

But if we are raising the boys for the freezer, many leave intact for growth factor.....

I love these pigs, so very docile and friendly. I was in their pen today and Buttercup fell to her side for belly scratches (picture giant pregnant pig) and fell asleep while I scratched her ears and chin.

Big Kate is getting HUGE. No signs of a milk bar yet. ...

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Here's Buttercup going to sleep....

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