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Hogs and eggs
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Dave    Posted 09-27-2003 at 10:25:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey ya'll...long time since I've been here. I've been working too hard to do too much "surfin"
But, I know I can always come here to ask stupid questions and not get trashed too badly.

I haven't gathered eggs too regular here lately and now I've got a 5 gallon bucket full. I've already fed about a 3 gallon bucket to the hogs a couple of weeks ago. I went to all the trouble to wash em and all. (not real good, just got the crap off of them)Now I've got another bucket full and I'm wondering if it's just a waste of time to bother getting the chicken poop off of em...after all they are hogs. So, could they get sick or something by eating dirty eggs?

Thanks,
DR


Cindi    Posted 09-27-2003 at 10:57:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
You'll find as many for as you will against feeding raw eggs to hogs. I do know that hogs can catch some diseases from bird excrement, but I'm not so sure that applies to chickens. I feed my hogs raw eggs all the time but I have two rules of thumb. First, they are fresh, not more than two days old and second that they are clean. It's just the way I choose to do it. But all my pigs are breeding stock and I am not prepared to risk a nasty belly ache over a egg.

If you want to feed them as is, and they are just meat pigs, the worst that can happen is you'll give them the scours and may have to treat a stomach ache. I've never heard of it being any worse than that. It's one of the only ways I know to learn the answer for sure. Some hogs, based on their diet, have stronger constitutions than others. We had one boar who would get constipated every single time we either fed late or fed a new feed. We made him into a prima donna by feeding him consistently the same then we had to deal with he results when we had to change something.



Dave    Posted 09-27-2003 at 16:01:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Cindi, I have two pregnant (hopefully) gilts and a boar. They are in the same lot so I may just throw the eggs out. I have fed them some and they really love em though. But, I don't want to take any chances though, so it'd be easier to feed the eggs to the coyotes.

My wife found this handy poem for checking eggs...

Can you eat that egg?
By Scott Matthews
If not sure you ought-ter,
then place it in water.
If it lies on its side,
then it's fresh; eat with pride.

After three or four days,
at an angle it lays.
But, it still is a treat,
so go on and eat.

Ten days, stands on end,
in your baking 'twill blend.
'Cause it's definitely edible,
in your baking, incredible.

But, if it floats on the surface,
that egg serves no purpose.
'Cause a floater's a stinker!
Out the back door best fling 'er!



Judy in IN    Posted 09-28-2003 at 20:40:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had an old poulty judge tell a story about a hog farm having a bad problem with Coccidia. They couldn't figure it out until he noticed that the chickens were roosting and pooping in the hog pen. End of chickens--end of problem. However, I've also heard that Coccidia doesn't cross species barriers, so who's to know? Better safe than sorry. That Coccidia is nothing to mess with.


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