problems with castration

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by jerryc84, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. jerryc84

    jerryc84 Guest

    I recently castrated a 100 lb. hog. the first testacle came out fine....the other one did too and both looked fine. Then the sow that was with him got up on him and tried to ride he has a huge bulge of something pertruding out of one of the cuts. Any idea what could have happened and what do I do now? Thanks.....Jerry
  2. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    Sounds like a hernia.

    When you say that something is bulging out, do you mean that part of his innards is sticking out???? Ot that there is a bulge under the skin???????

    I helped castrate once. The piglets were a week old. One person held the piglet by the back legs while the other person did the deed.

    If you were able to do a 100 pounder, I salute you!!!!!!!!
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    Sep 16, 2003
    I agree. Sounds like a hernia. I don't know how to fix it. If he starts loosing weight I would go ahead and slaughter.
  4. milkstoolcowboy

    milkstoolcowboy Farmer

    Sep 13, 2003
    Hernias can happen after castration even without a cut pig being ridden. Sometimes it happens right when you're cutting them.

    You gotta act quick when that happens. If you have some hog rings and a hog ringer, you can shove the guts back in and staple the cut shut. That usually works. Or, you could call the vet and have come out and put the guts back in and sew him up.

    I wouldn't let him walk around like that. He could more than likely end up a dead pig.

    I'm sure that most people probably think 100 lbs. is too big to cut a pig, but that's not so. I've cut 300 lb. boars, but they get set back more the bigger they are when you cut them. We used to wait until the pigs were about 120 lbs. to cut them, then we started cutting 'em at about 80 lbs. and we finally wised up and started cutting them around 4 weeks, before they were weaned. It's a lot easier. We'd put a piece of plywood on top of the farrowing crate and set him on that plywood on his side. Your catcher would hold the pig's up hind leg with one hand and can take the other to hold his front shoulder and hold his mouth shut, so you don't hear squealing all day long. Cutting pigs is actually easier than most people think; my Dad cut 5 Hamp boars (60 lbs.) blindfolded on a bet from a Moormans feed salesman that was at our place. Took him a little over two minutes, as there were two of us catching . With the bigger boars, you put em on their side on the ground and hold their hind legs with hand and put your knee on their front shoulder. For the big boars, we had a catch crate and cut em standing up. If they tried to back up, a cable loop in front of their hind legs would lift em up.

    Let us know how this pig does, but I'd try to get him sewn up quick.
  5. bobp

    bobp Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    Madison County NW Arkansas
    Our co-ops sell vetrinary staple guns...Push em.bavk I'm and staple him up.
  6. Allen W

    Allen W Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2008
    NW OK
    What's left of the cord can swell and look horrible, what was the timeline from castration to finding the bulge.
  7. kyumanaz

    kyumanaz New Member

    Nov 21, 2010
    I used to cut them at about 3 days old. Like that they don't feel much and are completely healed up in 1 or 2 days and no stress. I have done hundreds like that and never had one issue.