EVOLUTION

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FOOD/FEED

BEHAVIOUR

EXOTIC ANIMALS

SPECIAL SECTION

Behaviour of Pig

A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates.

Pigs are extraordinarily intelligent and extremely social animals. Pigs are very clean, keeping their toilet area far away from where they lie down and eat. Even newborn piglets will leave the nest to go to the toilet within hours of birth. Pigs are very peaceful animals, rarely showing aggression. The exception, as with many animals, is when a mother (sow) with her young offspring is provoked or threatened. Pigs have a tremendous sense of smell.

Feeding behaviour

Pigs are omnivores, which mean that they consume both plants and animals. In the wild, they are foraging animals, primarily eating leaves, grasses, roots, fruits and flowers. In confinement pigs are fed mostly corn and soybean meal with a mixture of vitamins and minerals added to the diet. Because pigs are omnivores they make excellent pasture raised animals.

Reproductive behavior

Onset of Puberty 5 - 8 (months)
Optimum breeding age8 - 9 (months)
Sexual Season Polyestrus
Estrous cycle 20 - 22 (days)
Estrus 2 – 4 (days)
Metestrus 3 – 4 (days)
Dioestrus 9 – 13 (days)
Proestrus 3 (days)
Ovulation type Spontaneous
Ovulation time Last day of estrus
Pregnancy 112 – 115 (days)

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