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Help for piglets
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Dennis    Posted 02-26-2002 at 16:19:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello All,
I bought two piglets 3 days ago and they don't seem to be eating any of their pig starter which I wet down in their bowl. They drink water when I am there but the food is just not being eaten, I think.
I called the people who sold them to me and they said for me to use pig starter which I am.
It has just turned cold and I was wondering if this could have any effect on them. I have them in my barn with lots of hay and a heat type lamp,
to take the chill out of the stall. The lamp is not near the hay.
Thank you in advance for any experience you might share with me.

Duey (IA)    Posted 02-27-2002 at 19:11:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Years ago when I raised Feeder pigs for sale, I found they generaly ate what momma ate. If maama was fed a ground feed mix , they started eating faster if the starter feed was a ground mix. If I fed starter pellets to the piglets and mamma was fed a ground mix, it took much longer to get them to eat. I suggest you find out from the guy you got them from, what brand, type etc. and get some of that. Very seldom is it a good idea to "wet" the feed as it will spoil very quickly and will not be eaten. Duey

Bob /Ont.    Posted 02-26-2002 at 18:51:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good day eh. We never bought small pigs, always raised ours and never had your problem, untill
12yrs. ago. We bought Penny 8 wks. old and went through the same thing, she never did eat wet food
only dry pellets in a bowl, water in an other.
Are these potbelly pigs? They are a bit fussier
than big pigs. If all else fails bring them in the house were it's warm for a while. They know from day one to use a litter box. Use a large cardboard box, cut the front down on two 45* angles, so they can get in and out, 1" kitty litter all over the bottem. High sides & back are important they like corners.
I'm not puttin you on. Bob

Larry    Posted 02-26-2002 at 18:12:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How old are these pigs? Were they just weaned from the sow?

kraig WY    Posted 02-26-2002 at 16:28:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Make mush of their food with milk. Make it real wet at first then as they eat it you can start cutting back. If available get some milk replacer to mix with the food. It has all the vitimens and such. Make sure the heat lamp it close enough. I have a fairly young litter and the temps was down to 10 below last night but that didn't stop them for "piggin' out'.

Sorry I couldn't resist. But go the milk route, milk replacer first in not they regular milk.

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