Keeping boars in with piglets?
March 8, 2012 at 4:15 am #16599
Hello! My neighbor who bought one of our gilts was wondering if (or at what point) he needed to separate his young boar from his gilt as her farrowing nears. I know that last season our escape artist piglets got into our boar’s paddock all the time and he was extremely gentle with them, but I don’t know how it would go if they were all in together 24-7. My neighbor free feeds, so the boar wouldn’t be taking food from the growing piglets or nurshing sow, and the two are very fond of each other. Do any of you have experience with keeping a boar in there with the farrowing sow the whole time? I’m very new at this, so sorry if this is an obvious question. Thank you so much for your advice!
~AmyMarch 8, 2012 at 5:27 am #17724
I wouldn’t worry about separating them. You will find that the boar will be just as gentle when he sits/lies down as the sow is. The only thing that might happen is that the boar may think the gilt is back in heat when she has just farrowed – hormones all messed up & so he will be a pest. This does not happen all the time – in fact we have only one boar that does that!
In all this, of course there are exceptions so you really have to know your animals to know how they are going to do. If I was your neighbor I would leave them together, see how it goes & then only move him out if he creates a problem.
Most times the LB boars are very tolerant of babies under their feet.
All the best,
MissouriMarch 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm #17725
Thank you Liz! That’s really helpful 🙂
~AmyMarch 9, 2012 at 10:02 am #17731
We separated ours but the first litter, Boris kept making all sorts of noise until my daughter (who was pig sitting while we were away)went to see what was going on. Turned out Natasha was having babies and Boris was trying to get Keri’s attention (apparently anyway). That was during summer when it was so hot & was a good thing Keri noticed so she could keep mama pig cool. The little pigs would go in and visit ‘dad’ and like you said, he was super gentle with them, even gentler at feeding time than mom was! But when they got to be about 5 or 6 weeks he started getting a little grumpier, never mean just more assertive. We still separate them if we can but sometimes time gets away and the boar is in there with the mom. My dad never ran his pigs together at all but ours do and seem to do okay.
Could just be the wonderful LB pigs, too. 🙂March 10, 2012 at 9:56 am #17736
“Could just be the wonderful LB pigs, too. 🙂 “
I think breed plays a huge part in this. The LB temperament is one of the best as our many of the heritage breeds. There is such a huge difference. Modern breeds are not bred for temperament, just production. So sad 🙁
MissouriMarch 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm #17741
Just adding my two cents.
We do not separate the boar. He actually ran one of our girls, that was about to farrow and had a nice nest built at the far end of the pasture away from everyone, back into the barn. He laid in the doorway so she couldn’t get back out. She farrowed that night! We have a coyote problem here and he was protecting his lady!
He also watches the nest while Mama goes out to graze. I think he is fabulous with the little ones.
-FeliciaMarch 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm #17742
Felicia, just another case to prove these LBs are amazing pigs! 🙂 It’s just awesome to me to see how these hogs relate to each other and to their people. We had some ‘pet’ pigs when I was a kid, certain ones who were very tame, but none that even came close to what these are!March 16, 2012 at 6:50 am #17745
What a cool story Felicia 🙂
These pigs truly are the BEST! We had folks here today looking at the animals & our LB’s were on top form 🙂 Martin wanted his scratch & Claire just flopped at our feet for her belly rub!
MissouriMarch 16, 2012 at 7:33 am #17747
Do some of yours give a little high pitched squeal and ‘dance’ when you scratch their backs? Both Boris (our big boar) and Tasha (our original sow) as well as one of their ‘kids’ do that – it’s so funny to hear that teeny little squeal from such big critters! 🙂March 17, 2012 at 9:00 am #17749
The only boar that has squealed & danced for us was our GOS boar George. The LB’s just stretch out as far as they can & lap up all the attention.
MissouriApril 26, 2012 at 7:27 am #17844
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