Tropical Backyard Piglet Survival and Mortality Log:


Image of tropical backyard piglets
        graves


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Miss Piggy/AI:

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First Parity
Mating:
January 13 2015
Farrowing:

Saturday 09 May 2015.
-8 piglets discovered at 11:50 PM
-Problems with suckling. Also some piglets born deformed.
-No artificial milk available (piglets born in the weekend)

11 May    (Monday): The Cripple and the Runt finally die.  -Foster Milk finally available
12 May   (Tuesday): Second Runt dies in the night (trampled on by others)
14 May  (Thursday): Still problems with mother's milk
             -All piglets now being hand fed since Monday afternoon
----- End of 1st week
----- End of 2nd week
25 May    (Monday): First warnings of diarrhea
26 May   (Tuesday): Piglet Whitey dies
27 May (Wednesday): Mr. Spotty dies
28 May  (Thursday): A Brown piglet dies and then Blackie dies
----- End of 3rd week
----- End of 4th week
1 piglet fully weaned: Butlig is the only survivor

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No.One/Butlig

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First Parity
Mating:
February 08 2016/February 27 2016?
Farrowing:
18 June 2016.
 -Started labour around 7 PM
-9 live piglets. and one born dead, found with the placenta around 2 AM Sunday

June 23: A sick sow (fever with vaginal infection) and also a sick piglet
June 24: One of the piglets threw up this morning
----- End of 1st week
June 25: Everything at last seems to be nicely stabilized.
June 26: No night-time observation. Everything left to its own devices
June 27: The previously sick piglet got crushed
----- End of 2nd week
----- End of 3rd week
----- End of 4th week
8 piglets fully weaned, one death and one stillborn

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No.Three/AI

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First Parity
Mating:
01 September 2016

Farrowing:

25 December 2016

-Nesting instinct was clearly present.
-Farrowing Around  6 PM.
-4 large live piglets -no fatalities
-Farrowing was observed but minimal intervention
(the newly born were wiped with a dry cloth)

-Clear signs of tiredness in sow -but no infection
----- End of 1st week
----- End of 2nd week
----- End of 3rd week

----- End of 4th week
4 piglets fully weaned, no deaths and none stillborn

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No.One/AI

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Second Parity
Mating:
08 September 2016
Farrowing:
30 December 2016
    -The first piglet arrives around 7.30 PM
    -Sow too nervous to suckle (sow Hysteria)
    -One (mummified) stillbirth, Placenta starts arriving around 11 PM
    -11 live piglets

January 03: Piglet suffocated by sow laying on her, possibly while sleeping
----- End of 1st week
January  07: Now only 9 left
January  12: Only Eight
----- End of 2nd week
January  13: Another one didn't make it
----- End of 3rd week
----- End of 4th week
7 piglets fully weaned, 4 deaths and one (mummified) stillborn

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Auntie Brownie/Boar Brownie

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First Parity
Mating:
March 04 2017
Farrowing:
June  24 2017 (Saturday)
          -Around 8 20 AM we saw the first piglet
          -We left her completely alone to see how she coped
          -but were ready to intervene in case there were problems
          -By 4 PM (normal feeding time) Fatima went in to the pen
           after feeding and collected one dead piglet. 11 piglets born alive
          -Brownie had eaten the placenta.

June  26,  (Monday): On our return from weekly shopping trip Brownie seems somewhat restless and disturbed.
                    Lots of squealing piglets and some crushing incidents.
June  27  (Tuesday): Piglet crushed yesterday finally dies.
June  29 (Thursday): Second crushed piglet found dead
----- End of 1st week
----- End of 2nd week
----- End of 3rd week
----- End of 4th week
9 piglets fully weaned, two deaths and one stillborn

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No.Three/AI

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Second parity
Mating:
04  May 2017
Farrowing:
29 August 2017 (Tuesday):

                     -expected farrowing date was Aug. 27
                     -and all the physical signs of late pregnancy were clearly visible.
                     -7.45 PM first dead piglet seen
                     -11.30 PM we count 6 mummified piglets (plus one normal stillborn).

Sow had fever and was injected with 2.5ml of Oxytocin to remove any debris left inside (August 30) and 15ml of Pen-strep anti-biotic (August 31).

Also August 31, Fatima found another dead piglet (the eighth).
It was buried under the banana leaves but we don't know when it was delivered.

----- End of 1st week
Sow seems back to normal.
However, she will be given at least two cycles before breeding again so she can recover
No live births, six mummified piglets and 2 stillbirths

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Auntie Brownie/Pinkie Boar

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Second Parity
Mating:
August 28 2017
Farrowing:
December 19 2017 (Tuesday):

                            -2.40 PM first piglet born
                            -6.30 PM ten live piglets counted (at feeding time)

December 21 (Thursday): -Sow Exhausted, feverish and having discharge
December 22:  (Friday): -Back to normal by the afternoon
----- End of 1st week
December  27 (Wednesday): -Piglet Crushed in the Night
----- End of 2nd week
January  06: -Another Dead Piglet (died of stomach cramps -after drinking molasses water)
----- End of 3rd week
----- End of 4th week
8 piglets fully weaned, two deaths, none stillborn

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No.Three/Pinkie Boar

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Third Parity
Mating:
November 13, 2017
Farrowing:
March 09 2018 (Friday):

                        -12.15 pm first piglets spotted
                        -03.30 pm nine live piglets counted

March 10 -Sow is a bit warm -but ok after cooling with water
         -"Blackie" seems Sluggish and was given some Extra Iron
March 11 -Some slight (normal) discharge -but no Fever
March 12 -"Blackie" has been Trampled on During the Night
----- End of 1st week
March 17 -"Panda" signaled as being sluggish
March  -"Panda" suspected of developmental problems
----- End of 2nd week
----- End of 3rd week
----- End of 4th week


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