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Cindi    Posted 02-08-2003 at 11:43:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
for anyone who wants a look.

SHeiserman    Posted 02-08-2003 at 18:57:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
How do I get there? You're the one from Florida right? I farrowed 1 gilt and 2 sows in January. Had pretty good luck. I always have a few get crushed,but generally do pretty good. I try to raise for an outfit that wants humanely raised pigs- plenty of room, no farrowing stalls,can't dock tails,and no routine anti-biotics. They want 'em fat, not lean. These last few litters I had some tails turn black then fall off. I've never seen that before and I'm assuming the tails froze. Had some below 0 nights. I give them a heat lamp and straw and they are on their own. Good luck.

Cindi    Posted 02-08-2003 at 19:36:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your not the first person I have heard complaining about the tails. I am to the point where I am watching our pigs tails constantly! Is it possible they were stepped on by sow?

SHeiserman    Posted 02-09-2003 at 10:08:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could be, but I have never ever seen this before. I've been doing it this way the whole time. It doesn't seem to bother them, so I won't rush to change things yet. Seen your question about mastitis up top. Never had that so I'm of no help there either. If there is anything else I can't help you with, let me know.

Cindi    Posted 02-09-2003 at 11:11:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I noticed I have three or four piglets with bruised looking spots at the base of their tails. I may have the same problem before it's over. Wonder if they are bting each other.

Me again    Posted 02-08-2003 at 19:07:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK I found it. They look good.

Larry    Posted 02-08-2003 at 14:37:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I asked my wife if she was going to miss farrowing this spring,and she said just a little,but she was sure she would get over it. :-) Nice looking little pigs. Now how are you going to give iron shots with momma hanging around?

Cindi    Posted 02-08-2003 at 15:22:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
We'll bait her out of the pen with feed and then lock her out and go on in and do the dirty deed. We'll castrate at the same time.

Larry    Posted 02-08-2003 at 15:25:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I never could casrate new born pigs. Way too small for me to deal with. I usually did mine when they were two or three weeks old.

Cindi    Posted 02-08-2003 at 15:30:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
We usually don't give iron shots until they are a week or so. Opinions vary depending on who you talk to about when it should be done and my vet says as long as they are gaining weight and healthy they may not need it as they are on dirt. So sometimes we skip it all together. We keep a pretty lax schedule. It may be a week it may be two it may be this coming weekend. Who knows.

Larry    Posted 02-08-2003 at 15:39:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I farrowed a couple of sows on dirt once and after a few weeks the pigs started to die. Turned out that they were anemic. The Vet said that our soil must have been iron deficient.

Do you clip the tails off of your pigs? I did mine when I gave the iron shots.

Cindi    Posted 02-08-2003 at 19:38:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not these litters, but we dock tails on our show pig litters.

LL    Posted 02-08-2003 at 14:18:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I count 10. Is that right? Were making bacon now........HAHAHAHA!!!

Cindi    Posted 02-08-2003 at 15:24:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Actually I think there was eight when the pic was done but I added two from another litter after the pic as they were having trouble finding a spigot. So there's ten now. Two of these adorable babies will end up in sausage and ribs. Yummy.

Larry    Posted 02-08-2003 at 21:39:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]

How did you mask the smell of the pigs you switched? I tried different methods with different results. Some sows would take any pig without doing anything to them,and others couldn't be fooled with anything. I had the best results with rubbing the pigs with the after birh of the sow I was switching the pigs to. This only worked if the sows farrowed within a few days of each other.

Cindi    Posted 02-09-2003 at 06:13:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I put them in the middle of the bunch while a nursing frenzy was going on. By the time they crawled over and under and around the existing babies, they had the 'different' smell more or less rubbed off of them. There was a tense moment when mom gave one of them a good healthy sniff but she didn't seem at all alarmed.

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