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  • Last updated: September 14, 2015
  • Latest Reply From: wendy moore

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This year we had the first three litters of pigs. The first litter was nine, one born dead and one “disappeared”, one lost to predation. The next sow had 7 that I saw one “disappeared” before my eyes. This is so unpleasant but have others had issues with sows eating a baby? My thought is some type of nutritional deficiency. The diet we provide is mostly pasture with a little commercial feed to bring them up daily to make sure every one is okay? Lately, I’ve been tossing in the occasional raw duck egg for extra protein.

Posted: August 20, 2013 #

I have not had any incidents with our Guinea mother eating her own young.

Posted: March 8, 2014 #

Jack Rowland

New to guinea hogs, so I’ve not seen this, but in other mammals it is often that there is a defect in the offspring. The mother knows it and eats it because it is protein and nutrition that she needs. If she was a cannibal she would eat them all.

Posted: March 12, 2014 #

wendy moore

Yes, my sow ate one of her young from a litter of 8. very gruesome since they were around 3 weeks old. My only thought was maybe a predator got it and she was cleaning up. I immediately supplemented her with calf manna. No other incidents. All the remainder are 7 weeks now and thriving.

Posted: September 14, 2015 #

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