January 22, 2012 at 12:57 am #16574
One of my Large Blacks did a split on the ice the other day , both her back legs were right out straight perpendicular to her body . She was either in a lot of pain or extremely frustrated judging by her squeals . She was like that for probably 5 minutes until I could scoot her to some dry ground . She is walking around fine now but a little bow legged . This morning I noticed she had a large black and blue on her underside . If anyone else has had this problem it would be great to get some input on what to do . I’m wondering weather to call in a vet or just give it some time . Thanks JoshJanuary 27, 2012 at 3:20 am #17676Member: MO
Oh my goodness! Sorry but I had to laugh at your description! If she is walking around I am guessing she has not done any permanent damage. Just like us doing the same thing – we would be sore for a while 🙂
MissouriJanuary 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm #17677
I hope she is not injured and all is well but it does bring to mind the old saying, “as graceful as a pig on ice”! 😉January 29, 2012 at 8:31 am #17680
Thanks for the concern Liz and Steph . She’s doing better now but she’s still a little sore. She gave birth to 10 piglets today at some point between 12 and 6 this morning . Sadly only 4 survived . I’m not sure how many were still born or if she laid on them . The one thing I do know is that they never have them when YOU think they’re gonna . I always make sure there is plenty of straw in there but sometimes that’s not enough , and I’m not a big fan of farrowing crates so I guess that’s how it goes . I’m sure she’ll be back to her self in no time , also being in her own pen where there’s no ice is a big help too . Plus , being by herself the next time she falls she won’t have to look around so quick to make sure nobody else saw it !!February 9, 2012 at 8:19 am #17698
Joshua, Sorry about the loss of piglets. The saying is true that the gestation period for pigs is 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 in the morning! Our pigs are out in the pasture all winter in their huts. We try and keep the ice covered to prevent injury to the pigs (learned from experience). The pigs get fresh hay every day and I put it in different areas each day so any they leave helps to cover the ground. I also will spread out some of their old straw in the huts onto the ground before I add new straw in the huts. We keep buckets of sand available in the barn in case of real icy conditions. Recycling any straw outside their huts also helps during mud season. Hope this helps.February 10, 2012 at 10:32 am #17699Member: MO
Oh no! SO sorry to hear of your losses 🙁 Normally if the piglets are still born they still have the embryonic sac around them – it may be broken but rarely will the piglet be cleaned off. If she sat on them, the piglets will normally looked squashed & many times the tongue will be half hanging out which indicates that they got squished. That is rough but it happens to us all at times.
Too much straw can be a problem & of course too little & they can freeze. Of the joys of balancing!
Hope the four remaining ones do great. Don’t beat yourself up – the fall could have affected the piglets. Give her another chance & see how she does next time.
MissouriApril 26, 2012 at 7:33 am #17847
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