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Cindi    Posted 01-10-2004 at 05:51:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
The thing is, it really won't hurt her if she will allow it, and it may give you peace of mind, and like I said, may set things in motion if she's close. Just make sure that you are VERY clean. Scrub. Maybe even give her an antibiotic shot in the near future as a precaution.

Bridget, my hamp sow, is always slow to start, takes a long time between piglets and has less and bigger piglets than the others. She always scares me to death. I have checked her many times with nothing but a quick wash in betadine and water and she has never showed any signs of resultant infection.

If you choose to do this take note of any odd odors. I don't need to describe them, you'll be able to tell. Or any blood that is not mucusy. In other words a slight red tinge to mucus is nothing to get concerned about but red blood that is clearly just blood should be a warning that something is wrong. Keep me posted. I have walked more than a few people through this long distance and while I am no expert, sometimes the moral support of someone who has been through it before is enough. The number I gave you is my cell phone. It's free all weekend, so don't be shy if you get nervous. I've been there.

by the way....    Posted 01-10-2004 at 05:53:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you do decide to check her, if you feel a nose, or a butt, don't be concerned, they can come out either way. The best part about checking is you get some idea of what is going to happen when. How is her bag? Is it full and rather hard feeling? Also if you keep stimulating her nipples, it will help to speed things along. Check all nipples for milk, some may have it some may not get it til a little later.

TnDave    Posted 01-10-2004 at 14:27:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Cindi, Jerry responded to me at the pigsite and said to just sit tight unless anything else happens. She is acting pretty normal this afternoon. I was out there most of the day working on the pens a little and just kinda hangin round. She ate some(pretty good, but not as much as normal) drank a little water and used the bathroom (1&2) She's not cranky or just laying around or breathing hard or anything. I went back and counted the days and it's been 125 days since I saw her bred. It could be that it didn't take that time and she will be due around the 16-18th? I didn't notice any smell yesterday and today. There is no more discharge and I never saw any blood. It's kinda nerve racking to say the least, but under the circumstances I guess I'll just wait and keep a close eye on her. One thing I have not done is check her temp. I am going to do that after supper. Hopefully she will be bedded down. I'll let you know of any new developments and I have your cell# programed into my cell.

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