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Old 08/27/09, 02:04 PM
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Exclamation pigs get lice!!!????

We found some crawly things on our pigs back a while back. Smothered them with some bag balm, its all we had at the moment. Got soem spray thats supposed to be safe for them. Though tit was a random fly thing.
They're back. On both of them. Sprayed their backs and watched the things crawling off. Caught one and AAACCKKK! It looked like a tick or a louse.
Got busy on net and yes our piggers got lice. I dotn think we can get in to spray undertheir legs and all but we want to keep them the least chemicalized as possible. We have only the two this year.
Any ideas other than coat them with chemicals. I just put fresh straw in their house too. Would going in and spraying their house daily work to help?
Are we going to have to spray ALL the palets lining the pen that they scratch against as well as replace their bedding? Their area is at least 50 by 30 something. Thats a lot of pallets.
Next years piggers will be in a different area but it appears we will be treating them early for prevention while they are easy to deal with.
We may be keeping them another one or two months so we will prolly have to do something right?
Everyday is a new learning experience for sure.
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Old 08/28/09, 02:00 AM
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an old cure for fleas on a dog was used (burnt) moter oil. though I think any oil would work. have any used cooking oil like out of a turkey fryer or maybe a local resturant might be able to help you out. not sure if it would work on lice might be worth a try if you want to avoid the chemicals.
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Old 08/28/09, 07:27 AM
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Pigs certainly do get lice and spraying their living quarters is only going to be a stop-gap measure that takes up a lot of time - and what are you going to spray their quarters with? You can get rid of the lice but won't get rid of the unhatched eggs so it will be an on-going process.

Waste engine oil is now very much frowned upon and like cooking oil, will do no good if you can't get under the pig to do the area where the legs meet the body.

Bite the bullet and give them Ivomec Injectable and follow up again in two weeks to get any unhatched eggs. At least with Ivomec you will ensure that they won't have worms, lice or sarcoptic mange.

When you get your next lost of weaners, ask the seller if he has treated them. If they haven't, do it yourself as soon as you get them home. Mine are all treated before they are sold and that should do them the rest of their lives until they go into the freezer.

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Old 08/28/09, 09:38 AM
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I always like to spray down the pen with clorox water in between batches too. Definitely do the ivomec.

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Old 08/28/09, 06:16 PM
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Something I learned on here, and it worked perfectly for us, was to use the horse paste ivomec. For $5 you can treat 1250 pounds of pigs, and no need to catch them for shots. Just dial the dispenser to the pigs weight, put the paste in a piece of bread and give it to them to eat. The lice were gone by 48 hours, just remember to do it again in 2 weeks. With holding time before butchering is 18 days.
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Old 08/30/09, 11:13 PM
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i use ivomectin injectable it clears them up pretty fast of lice an you dont have to inject it you can put in on bread an feed it to them an it will work just as good !! how i do my pigs
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Old 08/30/09, 11:38 PM
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I use the powder, it takes very little, and they get a good pet in the top side so they enjoy it. don't forget to repaste or dust again in 10 days to get the eggs that hatch!
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