Breeding satin pigs

The offspring from your sateen male and female self will be sateen carriers. They are the most necessary link in the process of obtaining show-class offspring. By crossing two sateen pigs, you will get mostly very small cubs, much better if one of the parents is only a carrier.

If you have females of very good quality in your litters, then the best thing will be if you keep them for yourself and then cross them with their father. It is very cool to have two such trios in your nursery (mother, father and daughter) if you have just started to deal with satins. Of course, you may be lucky and you will be able to purchase very thoroughbred females, satin carriers, but you must admit that it is much more interesting to create your own line yourself. Alternatively, you can use your own satin female and a carrier male – but practice shows that, as a rule, satin females are smaller, tolerate pregnancy worse and more often have complications during childbirth than satin carriers.

Once your breeding work has begun, be prepared for large litters (five pups are born very often). You will also be greatly surprised at how ugly wool looks in satin babies. It is dark and completely ugly; at first it is even difficult to understand which of the cubs is satin and which is not. But one has only to look closely, the difference becomes obvious: the undercoat (hair at the very root) is much brighter than at the ends, and they will feel different to the touch from normal wool. In satin wearers, the coat is more thick and dense, although at this stage the sateen pigs are still not at all like adults, and the coat of babies is very different both in appearance and in touch. While the little ones are growing up, be very selective and keep only the best for yourself. I usually keep one young sateen male for myself, in caseif something happens to my main manufacturer. I leave sateen females for exhibitions, and sateen carriers for breeding. Needless to say, a huge number of carrier males are also born! But it only helps me.

Breeding satin pigs

By the age of 12 weeks, the wool takes on its original appearance, and the satin pig at this age stage is, as they say, at its zenith. This is how it will look further, the formation of the body and coat is complete. At this age, female sateen pigs are noticeably smaller than their brothers, even if they are cubs from the same litter.

From time to time, you will likely need to infuse new blood into your line — self blood — in order to continue to improve the quality of your guinea pigs.

The emergence of new breeds of guinea pigs has led to the need to cross them with normal (homozygous non-recessive) forms in order to obtain “carriers” in order to improve the quality of the offspring. In all these cases, where the desired gene is recessive, the options are as follows:

For example, consider the case of the satin pigs:

Self + self gives 100% of selfs Self + satin medium gives 50% of self and 50% of carriers Self + satin gives 100% of satin carriers Satin carrier + satin carrier gives 25% of selfies 50% of satin carriers 25% of satin Satin carrier + Satin gives 50% satin carriers 50% satin Satin + satin give 100% satin

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