Pigs feeding behavior is:
Pigs forage to find food
The type of food they eat is seasonal and varies in location
Pigs enjoy seeking out and eating a wide variety of food especially food high in fiber. Pig raising systems that feed a mix of pre-mix powder and bulky fresh feed best meet a pigs natural feed needs. Good pig raising systems add variety through varying the fresh greens used in the feed and through feeding the fresh greens both as part of a fresh / dry mix and separately on their own.
A sow has a gestation period: 115 days.1-2 days before giving birth sow separates from group. She will:
Sows have a hard wired natural drive to build a nest before giving birth. Good pig raising systems will provide a sow nesting materials prior to her giving birth to piglets that allow her to build a nest. It will give the sow the freedom to move around without restraint to carry out this vital nest building activity.
The main characteristics of farrowing in wild pigs:
Small litter sizes are the norm. The current high litter sizes of 13+ piglets per sow are un-naturally high. A sow left to her own devices with minimum interference by man and use of drugs is capable of successfully farrowing.
Young pigs are very active. They can:
Piglets are active and able to suckle very quickly. Good pig raising systems will allow mother and offspring to relate naturally to each other.