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Cindi    Posted 03-27-2004 at 19:34:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had a little piggie born two days ago, the runt of the litter. I love the runts, can't wait to get my hands on them, so tiny, so cute. Mixed in as he was with fourteen brothers and sisters, I kept losing track of him and couldn't get close as the sow had the post-farrowing jitters, but Fred, knowing my penchant for runties caught him for me this afternoon.

"Hey, woman, did you look at this little runt up close?" He asked, holding the little pig to his chest.

"No not yet, the mother has kept me at bay, why?"

"C'mere." He says, and then he hands me the little guy.

"What?" I ask, holding him, careful of his cord, checking out his face etc.

"Look at his hind legs."

I did, and lo and behold, he only got half his share back there. From the knees down, there was nothing. Just a smooth stump at the end of each knee just like they were meant to be that way.

"Whuuut? Where's his legs?" I started looking around on the ground like they'd just fallen off somewhere nearby.

"I guess he was last in line and didn't have room to grow them." Fred shrugged.

"Bless his heart!"

Other than the lack of legs he was fine and healthy but the problem remains. Should we let him grow up and totter around on those half back legs? Or should we something now before he reaches four hundred pounds? mmm...mmm...mmm, and he would have to be the runt.

KellyGa    Posted 03-28-2004 at 06:26:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now see, thats why I don't think I could rasie any animal to eat. If something like that happened to me, I would see it out to the bitter end. Already had that experience with that one young chick. I thought about breaking it's neck to put it out of its misery, but instead, I made it comfortable in a basket of clean towels and let her die in peace.

If I were you, I would just ride it out, he may get around fine. He'll be y'alls special pig. :) I am too tender hearted to do anything else. EVery day I go out and let the chickens out for a bit to mill around and eat bugs and grass. Sweetie pie always comes up and hops up on my leg and snuggles up to me. Her regular routine now. I love it.

Donna from Mo    Posted 03-28-2004 at 03:55:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm sure you've heard the old joke, the punch line of which is, "You can't eat a smart hog like that all at once." I'll post the link in case someone HASN'T heard it.

Linda in UT    Posted 03-28-2004 at 00:02:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ok, this is bad, Cindi, really bad. But, here goes.

My husband said, "I don't care much for pickled pigs feet as long as the ham hocks are there."

But, we both really do care that your little pig has a problem.

DD    Posted 03-27-2004 at 20:26:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Awwww...poor lil guy....will those lil stumps be able to support him if he grows up that big?

I don't know...    Posted 03-28-2004 at 15:11:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
...I guess they'll form some kind of callous, but jeez, that's what worries me.


~Lenore    Posted 03-27-2004 at 20:51:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gosh, cindi, I would hate to have to make that decission. :-(
One other thing crosses my mind,
with 15 will he be able to get to the milk supply often enough to grow properly?
Poor little fellow.

Cindi    Posted 03-28-2004 at 04:25:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fred says, we're gonna let it go and if he looks like he has a problem as he gets bigger, we'll butcher him then.

Lenore, these little guys are on pasture with seven other sows with piglets and they all flock to whoever lays down, so I think they'll all get what they need. But we watch them, and Low Rider may end up on a bottle because of his disadvanatge.

SusieQ    Posted 03-28-2004 at 05:57:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, this may be a solution to a problem before it becomes worse, you are in the business to raise pigs, and being the tender-hearted person you are, let Fred do the nasty deed, when the time comes.

He's the weak one!    Posted 03-28-2004 at 07:24:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
He is too soft hearted. That pig will probably still be here when I'm gone if it's left up to him.

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