Posted 08-26-2003 at 18:36:19
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The sow could be lacking a bit on nutrition and if that is the case you can mix a little calf manna in with her feed, which will improve the quality of her milk. She should be getting around four to five pounds of feed a day right now, but you should increase this gradually over the next couple of weeks until she reaches twelve pounds until she weans, and as already mentioned, iron shots. 1 cc per piglet in the back of the neck right below the ear.
If this pig is just getting scraps or bread or waste food of some type, the piglets will not be as hardy as they would be on a good quality feed. You can usually maintain a butcher pig on scraps etc, but when a sow has to nurse a bunch of babies, that's when the lack of quality feed starts to show up.
The piglets could be laid or stepped on but I wouldn't give up on them yet if they are able to get around well enough to nurse. If not, it's up to you if you want to try and bottle feed them or not. There are a few different methods of euthenasia if you have to go that route. Thumping, which I hate, shooting, which I won't do, and wrapping them in a towel and sticking them in the deep freeze. This works especially well when they are very young (a day or two), as their body temp starts to drop immmediately and they don't last very long. Their heart stops fairly quickly. I have not personally had to do this yet, we have only had to put down two piglets so far, but a lot of people swear by it.