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    Has anyone tried bottle feeding piglets?

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    Member: MO chhogschhogs

    LOL! It’s a mess! We have only done this on a RARE occasion when a sow was sick & only for 2 days until we could foster the piglets onto another sow. Have no intention of ever doing it on a full time basis as that is what the sows are for & if piglets are weak/not thriving then it is survival of the fittest. Might sound cruel but it is reality.

    There is a pig dry milk formula supposedly available BUT I have never seen it. Someone once told me she saved a litter with plain yogurt (full fat) & so that is what we use in emergencies. If the piglets have not had colostrum their chance of survival will be thin. Piglets need to be fed every 2 hours & they will scream at you to let you know. There is no sleeping through it! It is WORSE than having a new born baby in the house! LOL! We normally start by syringing it in their mouths as a regular teat is too big for them. They often times need a bath/warm wash afterwords as they are certainly not as cooperative as a calf or lamb would be. You want to move them onto a bowl with milk & grain ASAP so that you are not having to get up every 2 hours but that could take a couple weeks.

    All the best,


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    Member: TX AvatarBedford Nest

    Pig milk replacer

    Royal Milc, Inc.
    P.O. Box 548
    8860 Upper 208th Street
    Lakeville, MN 55044

    Toll-Free: (800) 690-9870
    Phone: (952) 469-3492
    Fax: (952) 469-3494


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