Help ... Disease?

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by Mike in Pa, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. Mike in Pa

    Mike in Pa Well-Known Member

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    When I got my pigs a while ago, one of them seemed to have it's backbone showing. You could see it's vertebrae. It was smaller than the other and never cought up in weight. It seemed to eat aggressively though.
    As time went on, it seemed to not be as apparent.

    Was it just a runt or malnurished or did it have scroliosis ... is it OK to eat?

    Thanks a lot,
    Mike
     
  2. bumpus

    bumpus Well-Known Member

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    Runts do not always get as much as the other pigs to eat.
    If the pig is eating and gaining in weight just watch him or her.

    Make sure they get iron.
     

  3. cowgirlone

    cowgirlone Well-Known Member

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    Hi Mike! :D
    Sounds like the pig needed wormed? Just a thought.
    Glad to hear you are still raising them, are you going to do your hams again this fall?
    Good to see ya!
     
  4. Siryet

    Siryet In Remembrance

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    This is the first year we are raising 3 hogs instead of two.

    When I picked them up as pigglets one of them was a runt and after a few days my wife and I thought that it wasn't going to live. HA!

    The RUNT is the biggest one now well over two hundred so I guess it's hard to tell.

    Continued good luck to you with them. :D
     
  5. Mike in Pa

    Mike in Pa Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for th replies.

    Good to hear from you cowgirlone! Yep ... trying it again!

    I know this sounded stupid. I just got a bit nervous since I could see her backbone so well. I wasn't used to that ... she just looked a bit sickly. Guess she looks better now.