Piney Creek KuneKunes
You need a dry, draft free enclosure to farrow your kunekunes in. It doesn't need to be fancy but your success could depend on your easy layout.
A creep. A corner of the barn can be blocked off for the piglets that the sow cannot get in.
A safety heat lamp. By hanging the lamp inside the creep the piglets have a safe zone to sleep in and stay warm without their dam accidentally sleeping or stepping on them. Later you can add feed and water for the piglet that the sow can't eat!
Crush rails. Placing boards off the floor around the walls of the farrowing room will allow the piglets a place to escape to safely if the sow lies down fast. This is especially important in the first few days.
Not everyone follows a vaccination protocol, but unless you have a closed herd without any pigs leaving and none coming in I would urge you to.
I use injectable iron, wormer & vaccines. It is my opinion that they are far more effective than any "by the mouth" product.
The following is what I use on my farm & I do not advocate you use it but to check with your local veterinarian on what works best for you in your area.
Piglets- 2 or 3 days old Iron Dextran Injection 200, might be known as Ferrodex. Follow directions.
Piglets- 5 & 7 weeks old Rhino-Shield TX4 Swine Vaccine, 1 ML at 5 weeks, 2 ML at 7 weeks.
Piglets- Wormer, Dectomax or Ivomectin. 7 weeks and again no later than two weeks.
Breeding age Stock, gilts, boars & sows. Farrowsure Gold B every 6 months.
For piglets I use disposable a 3ML syringe with a 22 gage needle. For adults I use an Allflex Repeater Syringe with a Slap Shot.
I usually order online through Valley Vet, QC Supply or Jeffers Pet.
I have people ask what feed I use. Kunekunes have unique requirements
due to their slow maturing and thick pretty hair! Our local Feed store has added
extra selenium to the feed along with oil and whey for their coat.
My only complaint is that they are not able to acquire non GMO.
Even though kunekunes can survive on grass alone if they have it all year,
they will have a prettier shaped head and body with the grains and minerals in the
pellets. I feed two cups twice a day. In the summer they have both fescue grasses
and bermuda. I plant forage spring and fall, white clover, 7 top turnip, rape, rye or
winter wheat. In the winter I supplement with Chaffhaye or Alfalfa hay.
Fruits are a treat, I try to gather apples, pumpkins etc., along with various
vegetables. Never meat or mixed table scraps.