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Cindi    Posted 12-04-2003 at 08:00:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
...nobody. Fred's working days and sleeping nights, I'm working nights and sleeping days so it caught us thoroughly off guard when we went out to feed day before yesterday afternoon and found Tressy (one of the older gilts) wheezing and refusing to eat.

Bam. No other symtoms needed. When a pig won't eat they are usually seriously ill. Sure enough, sometime over the night while I stocked shelves and Fred slept, Tressy went on into the hereafter. We did what we could do. We gave her an antiobiotic, put her in the shed stall with lots of warm hay and still she went. In a matter of less than twenty four hours she went from being noticably sick, to being dead.

Having learned from that dramatic turn of events, we moved Tressy out and moved Hannah and Gracie into the shed stall, both wheezing, and kicked up the antibiotics. Lord help us. Fred went out early this morning and called me at work. Seven other sows are showing the same symptoms. Emily, Daphne, Bridget, Maree, Ida, Annie, and Katy. That's more than half our breeding stock. Nine sows down and one gone. Pneumonia appears to be in charge here at the farm and is taking no prisoners.

No sleep for me today, I will be filling syringes, administering LA200 for the pneumonia and Banamine for the fever and forcing water down nine sows. Thank God I don't have to work tonight. Think good thoughts for me if you would.

D.Starr    Posted 12-04-2003 at 08:32:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sure hope ya get a handle on that pnemonia.Sounds like it caughtcha all at once.What kinda pigs do yall raise? We started raisin' pigs about 2 years ago & luckly haven't had any problems with sickness.Lord knows we can't afford it.We're thinkin' about breedin' some show pigs -- right now we just do feeders.Good luck with the rest of yer pigs.We're sendin' healthy thoughts yalls way.

Cindi    Posted 12-04-2003 at 08:58:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have York with Hamp and Duroc X. Here's hoping that with some patience and determination the medicine will keep them afloat. We'll see. We hadn't had any problems either until last year and it started with an infestation of pig lice. We have gotten that pretty much under control and now, something a little more dangerous. I wish I could go back to the pig lice.

deadcarp    Posted 12-04-2003 at 08:26:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
those darn breathing problems can be hazardous to stock cindi (as you know) - lucky you're in warm country cuz they go faster in cold weather. good luck and keep us informed :)

Cindi    Posted 12-04-2003 at 08:30:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks DC. That's one of the first things Doc Shiver said, better be glad we're in Florida or you would have just went out there and found them all dead by now. God they sound so awful. Poor things. The LA200 is a tetracycline which means that it burns when injected which means that the fifteen cc's per pig has to be given in three different spots, so that means three shots per pig. Per day. For three to five days, if I;m lucky. Lordy Gordy. Lol!

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