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Any Pig farmers out there????
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JennNY    Posted 07-25-2004 at 05:53:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This is our first time raising pigs.. This AM, my husband went out to feed/water them and found one of them dead. He was 5 months old and he was pretty big... We are not sure what the cause is, they (we had 2) have been fine, so signs of anything at all and the other one is fine this AM... like normal. Could is possibly be intestinal bloat? My husband gutted it and it is hanging now, but we aren't sure what to do. He did say there was a lot of air in the intestines and seemed big. But again, not having raised pigs before, we aren't sure if this is normal or not. They are mostly grain fed, with scrapes... mostly greens, veggies... Should we have it butchered or not eat it.. we hate to think of the time and $$ we have spent and have it go to waste.. but I don't want to eat tainted meat either?!?!?!
Any help please!?!

Mike in tn    Posted 07-25-2004 at 18:55:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know what kind of scraps you have been feeding them, but I just wanted you to know in cace you don't already that butter bean hulls will kill hogs. The sharp edges will cut the intestins.

Judy in NC    Posted 07-25-2004 at 19:22:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm so glad you shared this. I didn't know it, and wouldn't have thought of it. We give our pig all sorts of garden scraps.
Judy in NC

Judy in NC    Posted 07-25-2004 at 13:10:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I, too, would not eat the meat if I did not know the cause of death, but I do have a possible scenario (cause of death):

We raise one pig a year for our family freezer.

One year, we thought we'd try two. They were kept in the same pen, but fed in separate boxes.

I suppose this would always be the case - one was the "boss" pig, the other the follower. When we fed them, most of their time was spent with the boss pig constantly changing boxes - running from one to the other - whichever box the less agressive pig was at just HAD to be the one with the BEST food.

Well after some weeks of this the less agressive pig seemed a little less stout than the other - he probably wasn't quite getting his share. So one day I decided I would turn the smaller pig out of the pen to eat so that he could definitely get all of his ration himself.

All went fine.... for awhile. Later that day I came out the back door to hear a pig squealing like someone was killing it. I ran out to the pen to find the boss pig standing over the other one, biting it. By the time I got there the smaller pig had just about given up. It's eyes were rolled up in its head and it wasn't moving. I got the other one away and soothed and talked to the injured one. It gradually began to grunt a little, but still couldn't stand up for a few minutes. As soon as it could stand, I urged it into the field with my cow for safe keeping. It was very happy there and was completely fine in a couple of hours.

I am certain the trouble arose from the boss pig being jealous over the other because of the “special” treatment it got. My impression is that pigs are pretty smart.

The strange thing was that there weren't really any particular bite injures or scratches on ihe samller pig - except for its ears which did have a couple of slits bitten into them. The real problem seemed to be from it stressing out from the attack. I am certain it would have been dead in a few more minutes if I hadn’t happened on the scene.

Don’t know if this will help any, but just thought I’d share.

Judy in NC

Fern(Mi)    Posted 07-25-2004 at 09:32:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
kraigWY has given ya some good advice. Haven't been around pigs since I was 14yrs. But raising beef last 38yrs. We don't eat nothing we don't kill for ourselves.
Good luck with the remaining pig.

kraigWY    Posted 07-25-2004 at 07:25:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have raised pigs for some time now. One thing I learned is pigs just seem to die cause they want to, for no apparent reason. The vet tells me its mostly do to bad tickers (like us people). To be on the safe side I never eat any dead animal usless I know for a fact what killed it and watched it die. Best thing to to is write it off.

decker    Posted 07-25-2004 at 09:30:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i concur with other fellow,,you won't enjoy it...

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