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My pigs are not in the mood

 
neil mock
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i have four ladies that have been introduced to a young boar about 2 months ago. all four are 14 months old(from 2 liters). so far, only 2 have been breed by the boar. any ideas why the others are playing hard to get? how long before i should give up and send them to the freezer?

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Sometimes mine were stubborn too.
If I ran them all together for a bit try seperating them for a week or two then throw the boar back in there.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder?
It has worked for my uptight sows.
 
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I'm no pig expert, but......have the two unbred gilts been in heat? Are they still coming back into heat every three weeks? If you are no longer seeing heat cycles, then they could already be pregnant even though you did not witness the mating.
 
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Try black licorice whips or chocolate- I'd suggest damiana or ashwandaga or cordyceps, but only as a last resort. Save the good stuff for the human females whatwhat.
 
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This sounded strange when I heard it, but a friend told me sometimes he'll load up a sow and take it for a ride and that works!
 
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i'm pretty sure they have not been bred. maybe he was just overly excited about the first couple of ladies, but he was not discrete with it. i'm going to seperate from the heard the ones about to farrow, at the same time, will separate him for a couple of days. hopefully the change in dynamics will get nature back on course.

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As S Haze said. Put them in a trailer and take them for a 30 minute or so ride. It works.
 
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Don't forget ....sows usually only accept a male when they are in heat. I've had a young boar mount and try to breed sows irregardless of heat cycles, but the sows won't get pregnant if they are not in heat. Heat cycles are normally once every 21 days. Experienced boars usually don't bother trying to mount sows not in heat. But that depends upon the individual boar.
 
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I worked with pigs for 8 years and several of the suggestions do indeed work. Sometimes a boar and gilts that have been together for a while just don't bother any more so separation and reintroduction can be a good idea. If it's the gilts that are not cycling, some kind of stress can get them going, which is where taking them for a ride comes in. One of the places I worked was a breeding centre. If we had a gilt that wasn't coming on heat we'd sell her, with a guarantee to the new owner that she would be replaced if she didn't cycle. We never had to replace one for that reason. The truck ride worked every time!
 
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