Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Manitoba, Canada
• Horses: 0
That really depends on the mom. A lot of breeders (especially of large breeds, but small ones too) get whelping boxes that have pig rails on them, to prevent mom from crushing them against the side of the box. If you google it you can find an example (basically bars so the pups can go under the rails and mom can't hurt them).
Some moms are really aware, others don't notice when they step on/lay on them. I know some large breed breeders will either A. Have someone/baby monitor with the mom and babies at all times B. If they aren't there they remove the mother.
I always spend the first few days around them til they are strong enough to wiggle out from under their momma. I don't recommend taking mom out, unless its the last option.
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