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G Baker
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First forum post here, have been reading on the forums for quite a while.

Last fall I got a set of 5 piglets from a nearby farm, I thought I was getting 5 girls, but after 2 months realized one of them was a boy, and her was obviously intact since we did not realize he was a boy. The short story is that I got rid of the boy in March (clearly not soon enough) and just this week I realized that one of the girls is pregnant. As her brother is the only male they have ever been near I have to assume he got her pregnant.

What do you think I should expect from the pregnancy, in terms of what shape the piglets will be in when they come out? I am new to breeding and birthing animals. I know there is often a certain amount of inbreeding in some breeding setups, but am not sure what to expect in this situation.

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Expect either a small litter or a regular sized litter with high mortality.

Normally, the piglets will be fine, but I would raise them to butcher weight then put them in the freezer.

I wouldn't be inclined to use them for breeding stock.
 
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You have what we called a 'bacon litter'. If you get anything that lives, raise it and put it on your table.
 
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Unless the background of your pigs has a history of defects, I wouldn't expect to see a problem with the litter. Defects don't simply pop up out of nowhere. Unless you intimately know the background of your pigs bloodlines, I wouldn't suggest doing inbreeding on a regular basis, though.
 
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Thanks all for your replies. I have no intention of doing any further breeding using any of these pigs, these were only supposed to be freezer stock anyway.
 
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