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piglet help

 
hunter holman
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I have a piglet that is the runt of the litter and he is seems to be just hobbling around and gets bullied out of feeding time
I was wondering if any of you guys have had experience dealing with this the piglet is 3 days old
 
Andrea Redenbaugh
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That is a tough call. I am curious about answers here also because my husband wants to raise pigs.
 
thomas rubino
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If he is getting anything at all from mom he may make it, especially if you assist. Otherwise he probably won't make it. If you really want to try to save him then its bottle feeding time.
 
hunter holman
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how do you bottle feed him can he still be with his friends because im only 15 and have final exams coming up
could you do a little explaining
 
hunter holman
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or would he have to be seperated
 
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Hunter: Yes he can stay with his "friends" you know.. the bullies. In fact you want him to get strong enough to bullie back. I only raise weiner's to slaughter , I do not breed so I have not had to bottle feed a piglet. But all animals are the similar. You will need a bottle and correct size nipple for it. (farm store) A source of raw milk, cow , goat , the fresher the better (still warm is the best) The idea is to supplement what he may be getting from his mom. Feed him as often as you can until you can encourage him to get back on mom. It could take several weeks. I know you have school work to keep up with but if all it takes is a week or two of extra feeding to help him out then it will be worth it. Part of being a farmer is to care and respect your animals, treat them with the same respect that you want for yourself. Remember even with help he may not make it... on the flip side even without help he could be fine.
 
Nancy Bush
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You can feed a piglet powdered calf milk ... Mix it a little watered down ... And feed him with a regular human baby bottle. If you don't feed him chances are that the others will push him off the teats each feeding time and he won't make it. Good luck!
 
Nancy Bush
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P.S. Hunter.... I raise pigs and agree that fresh goats milk is the best...the easiest for the little guy to digest...but being practical I have saved a few piglets with the powdered calves milk.
 
Nancy Bush
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Oh, one more thing .... You said he is hobbling ... Could be from the bullying but if he develops puffiness in his leg you might have to give him an antibiotic.
 
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