No piglets! Drat. Now what?
The seemingly endless Red Wattle pig saga continues. After constructing a clean and "baby friendly" farrowing pen for sow-to-be Eve, we are sad to report that she has no piglets.
We waited patiently on her due date last week (August 24th). Nothing. Just Eve sleeping in the clean wood shavings that we had placed in her pen.
So, Dr. David Gold induced labor. Again, we waited and watched. Nothing. Eve, of course, continued to eat and sleep with no apparent discomfort - aside from needing to be sprayed with water occasionally because of last weekend's hot weather. Frustrating. Dr. Gold speculates that she absorbed the embryos sometime early in her pregnancy. (Remember we saw them on the screen of the ultra sound machine.) As best we can tell, we have a healthy pig. Just no babies.
We are now contemplating our next steps. We'll probably try the process again. But, we are going to wait until we can determine whether Eve will come back into "heat." She should resume her normal cycle 21 days after we induced her labor, which would be about September 14th.
So, stay tuned. We'll report on her status in another 10 days.
Post by Ted Hall