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American Guinea Hog piglet experience month 1

 
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So my piglet is weaning age and Mama is looking ready to get out and graze. Everyone else has been out grazing our acreage for awhile now. I decided this weekend to let Mama and baby out and see how it went. She is keeping herself and her young away from the others but the others aren't that interested in hanging out with her anyway. I was locking them up separately at night but it seems that they have naturally separated themselves at night anyway so I stopped doing that. We aren't a full week into our desegregated pig experience but so far it's going remarkably well. I had no idea if the piglet would get pushed around or squished in the sleeping pile but yeah, going well so far.

I think this is probably enormously helped by the fact that I am not feeding them anything other than a few table scraps. So there is no food to fight over.
 
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Thanks for posting your experiences here; I'll definitely be following along.  I checked out your website and that's a beautiful picture at the top.

Edit:  It looks like you can hotlink in the signature section and it would make it slightly easier to get to your site.  Just a thought.
 
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Just an update that I haven't fed Mom or baby in several weeks. They are our early in the morning chomping on the sainfoin field and both look perfectly happy and healthy. She is still sleeping separately from the other pigs but there have been no issues while they are out grazing.

She is still nursing and I know the piglet could be weaned. Will she do that naturally or do I need to separate them?
 
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Ellie; I'm not a breeder, so my opinion has a questionable value but...  I think mom will stop letting her feed and that will be that.  Or her milk will dry up.
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