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Determining the Delivery Date of a Sow
When a sow and boar are placed together I mark the date on the calendar so I can monitor more precisely when I expect a litter to arrive, usually between week 9 and 10. My sows are held regularly so I know within a day or two when movement of the babies can be felt. Approximately 7-10 days after I detect their movement, I begin a daily check of the sow’s pelvis. When the pelvic bones have expanded enough that there is room for the end of my smallest finger to lie between them, my sows deliver within 2-3 days.

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