Signs of KuneKune Pregnancy

Wondering whether your kunekune is pregnant? Not sure about the due date? Here are indicators of kunekune pregnancy to watch for in your pig.

All the kunekune groups and mentor groups are full of one question. Is my pig pregnant? When is she due? There are various symptoms to check for to discover whether your gilt or sow is bred.

One of the first things to record is when your sow was with a boar. KuneKunes are pregnant for 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days or 116 days. Kunekune pregnancy is 2 days longer than other pigs. Knowing your animals’ cycles and mating dates is vital to keeping track of your litters.

Missed Heat
You should be monitoring and recording your sow/gilt heats. They normally come into heat every 21 days. The first indicator of pregnancy is a missing heat. If they don’t go into heat again after breeding, chances are they are pregnant.

Behavior Changes
Some gilts/sows are more hormonal than others. Some will be calmer or more irritable while pregnant. When searching for symptoms of pregnancy, understanding your animals comes in helpful. Most sows show a change in behavior during pregnancy.

Physical changes may occur early in pregnancy depending on the size of the gilt/sow and the size of the litter. You might detect a rounding of the belly and obvious growth. Some pigs will develop a more considerable gain in size than others, while some carry pregnancy better. By around midway, two months in, you should observe some changes in physical size.

Teat Development
Pregnant kunekune with teats full
Teat development happens during the conclusion of pregnancy, often in the final month or less. The teats will grow more prominent, deepen in color, and the sow’s bag will fill with milk. The teats should fill the closer she comes to her due date and become hard. Some sows might even drip milk 24-48 hours before birth in anticipation of the baby’s arrival.

Vulvar Changes Swollen vulva on pregnant kunekune 

Vulvar alterations occurs a few of weeks before birth up to the day of delivery. The sow will endure swelling and relaxation of the muscles in their backside. You may even see that their tail is looser as well. All of this loosening enables for easier delivery of the piglets.

Energy Levels
Energy levels vary in pigs as they do in humans. Typically in the final month of pregnancy, you may observe sows resting more. They will take more naps and tend to rest, recharging for the upcoming birth. Twenty-four hours or fewer before birth, they have a surge and will begin nesting for labor.

During the final month of pregnancy, you should be able to feel the piglets move and kick. While stroking your pig’s belly, put your hand on its abdomen. You should be able to feel movement, hiccups, kicks, etc.

Confirmation Veterinary ultrasound 
While these are all fantastic tools and things to look for, ultrasound is the only technique to confirm pregnancy in a Kunekune 100%. Most veterinarians have a veterinary ultrasound equipment and are pleased to book an appointment to assist you identify pregnancy.

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