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Postby Lasergrl » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:47 pm

My mini mule foot had piglets today. She had two, a boy and a girl. Trouble is, she wasnt caring for them well. She was stepping on them and not keeping them warm, didnt make much of a nest. I had to bring them inside :( The female was almost dead. I warmed her up and she is much better now. Being that they are so young and I had to take them they arent out of the woods. I have been giving them bovine colostrum just in case they never got a first feeding. You can see the bruises on the girl from being stepped on.

The female is the saddle backed one, and the male is the pink with blueback. Mom and dad are about 30-35 pounds and the size of a beagle.

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Postby dragon_lady » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:41 pm

They sure are cute. I have had to bottle raise before. As long as they are warn enough and get enough to eat they should do fine. Cindy
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Postby Cesious Fox » Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:20 pm

Aww, there so cute. Wish they didn't have to go through this, was this the mothers first time?
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Postby Tracie » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:03 pm

I hope they will be ok.

They look cute, but their little hairs scare me. :roll: :lol:
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Postby Trefoil » Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:29 am

very cute. Is 3 a normal size litter for them?
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Postby suki'smom » Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:09 am

They are so cute. I hope you have some good luck with. Keep us posted on their progress.
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Postby Lasergrl » Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:32 am

She had two that I know of, she very well could have had more that were eaten. That happens alot with pigs :shock:

They are doing fine today but getting them to take a bottle.......well :twisted: can you say LOUD!!!
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Postby Lasergrl » Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:55 pm

well they both died, such is my luck lately.

I think that the first obe had internal injuries because she coughed up blood. The boy died today probably from lack of colostrum because he was eating great. First time litter for this pig. Not uncommon for them to not know what to do. She isnt a young pig either, about 1 1/2.
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Postby suki'smom » Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:14 pm

So sorry to hear that. Maybe better luck next time.
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Postby Trefoil » Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:39 pm

Sorry to hear about your babies.
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Postby dragon_lady » Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:46 pm

I am so sorry to hear they didn't make it Cindy
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Postby Lasergrl » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:02 pm

dragon lady, have you raised them before? I am just looking for feedback about what I may do differently. I really hate pulling baby piglets because it is dangerous for them and really labor intensive, but I have had to do it twice now, for different reasons. I lost one from the first litter and I am pretty sure it was e-coli. I am wondering if thats what got the second one this time. It just had that smell. I had been giving him e-coli antibodies, and gave a tiny bit of iron and b vitamins injected when he started acting off. Anything else I may have missed? The parents are vaccinated, but I heard there is a vaccine nw specific to e-coli that is a passive transfer to the babies while pregnant.
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Postby dragon_lady » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:17 pm

I had to hand raise Guinnea Hogs. I too, lost several. I am not sure why. You might try a small farrowing pen like they use for the big pigs and then watch carefully. It is possible that they both had internal injuries. I know a farmer who raises sheep lost an entire years lambs. come to find out it was vitiman e deficiency. Also selemium lack, can cause problems. Not sure about the ecoli being the culprit. I know we didn't know to seperate the male and we suspected he killed some from the first litter. Don't give up. Cindy
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Postby Cesious Fox » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:38 pm

I'm sorry about your piglets, maybe next year.
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Postby sueBear » Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:18 pm

Sorry hun :(

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