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Pig that won't eat
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CountryMaritimer    Posted 10-08-2003 at 05:20:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good morning all! I went out this morning to the pig pen, all came out to greet me except one. She stayed in and just layed there. She did get up when I approached and went outside where the others were eating. She didn't want any and went back in. Strange. They are two weeks from slaughter but would send her early if I thought she wouldn't make it. I'm sure she ate yesterday. I guess I'll give her a day or two. She seems very healthy.....I appreciate any words of wisdom, is this normal?


CountryMaritimer    Posted 10-08-2003 at 06:26:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
She is definitely not prego...and they do get fresh water every day. I did feed them a little more on the weekend...that could be it but it was mostly lettuce and other vegetable matter. I will check on her belly this evening. Thanks for the advice.


Cindi    Posted 10-08-2003 at 11:56:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good luck! She could have sucked down something solid without chewing, if that's the case it should eventually pass. Try to watch and see if she has a movement.


Cindi    Posted 10-08-2003 at 11:56:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good luck! She could have sucked down something sold without chewing, if that's the case it should eventually pass. Try to watch and see if she has a movement.


Cindi    Posted 10-08-2003 at 06:03:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you're sure she can't be pregnant then discount that. They generally won't eat on the day of delivery.

Other than that it could be almost anything. Stomach upset would be my guess. If you have a good relationship with her you can check her belly, see if it feels hard, if so she may be impacted. Put your hand under her stomach and lift up on it rather forcefully. It should feel like a full waterbed matress when you lift up on it. If it's hard and unyeilding and she allows you to do this then it's hurting her and she's enjoying the massage. Two GLYCERINE fleet ememas. This is almost worth doing if you even suspect that this might be the cause as they're cheap enough. Also, keep massaging. If it's a blockage this will help a little.

There is always cause for concern when a pig doesn't eat. Have you changed feeds recently or added anything new to her diet? Does she get all the fresh clean water she wants?



Also...    Posted 10-08-2003 at 06:04:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
...if you have increased feed amounts and she got more than her normal amount this can impact her.


sven    Posted 10-08-2003 at 06:02:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's been a while since I raised hogs, but I can tell you, if a hog doesn't eat, there is something wrong. Might want to have a vet. come take a look.


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