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I have 6 gilts (all pregnant) and 3 boars.
All of them are in a 161 square foot (15 square meter) pen.
My question is the following:
On of the gilts will farrow in few coming days. Is it safe to let her farrow between other pigs? or should I move her to a separate place?

Thank you
 
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Hi Raymond;  Welcome to Permies!
I do not breed my piggys, just raise to slaughter. So my opinion value here is low.
However having been at many breeding farms. I would suggest separating the soon to be mom from the rest.
Possibly put more than one soon to be mom in together to keep each other company.
A more experienced breeder may have a better idea, lets hope one chimes in here soon.
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Hi Raymond,  I think Thomas is right; most farrowing operations I've seen have separate farrowing pens and also use farrowing boards which allow the piglets to get away from the sow so they don't get crushed.  If they were all together, I think you'll be running the risk of the piglets getting crushed by not only the sow, but also any other pigs.  
 
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