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bodger

But they're not supposed to do this !

Our six day old piglets have decided that it might be nice to have a wander around but they're not supposed to do this ! Bars do not a prison make.









Quick scarper, the screw is coming.
























Now personally, If I had red hot sun and a bar close at hand , then I'd be quite happy to stay put.


















They're tiny little things but all thirteen look to be doing fine.  
sandrar

Yorkshire Geordie

Nice to see Mum is taking things well.
I presume there was nothing untoward?  
Martyn
Rena

Yorkshire Geordie wrote:
Nice to see Mum is taking things well.
I presume there was nothing untoward?
Martyn


Was wondering the same thing myself.
bodger

She's healing but its still not pretty.
rhino

Yeah if you ever think it's pretty you've been keeping pigs too long  
bodger

" I duzz like moi pigs" but not that much.
welshboy

rhino wrote:
Yeah if you ever think it's pretty you've been keeping pigs too long
     
bodger

These are the most uniform but at the same time probably the smallest piglets that we've ever hatched. I don't think that any of the pure GOS's would have managed to slip between the bars on the gates.
sod

Soon as I see that heading I say to myself what on earth has someone just found out and where      
bodger

This latest lot of pigs are just over a week old now and while they appear healthy and are very active, they are still very small. Is it to early to try them with some creep feed. Mildred has a lot of piglets to provide for.
The piglets in previous pure GOS litters were altogether much more substantial.
chicken feed

rule of thumb here is once they start showing a interest in mums feed they start getting creep. You could also try mixing up a milk formula and try feeding it in the creep area, we have done this in the past for big litters to keep them going forward.
Fowgill Farm

You could probably start them on creep/grower (sm pellets) now, just a small amount they'll nose it about and the sow will likely eat most of it butit gives them the idea and they soon realise its yummy stuff!
She looks like she 's doing really well, her tush will be swollen for quite a while and she may wince when peeing but so long as theres no discharge and she's doing her business ok the swelling will go down.
Most important keep an eye out forpiglets who are falling behind size wise or not getting enough time at the milk bar, with so many theres bound to be  a bit of squabbling which mum will object to by shutting doen the bar quickly.
Lovely to see them playing out
all the best
Mandy
Dave C

Great pics mate  

Good luck with them
bodger

Just an update, they're doing fine, they were five weeks old yesterday. I managed to sell four packs of sausages and four of them when they're old enough to a guy today.














chicken feed

looking good John
horace

Looking good    
sapphire

bodger

I got what I think was a pretty good result last night. I agreed to sell all thirteen pigs to a local fattener for thirty five pounds each. That's 450 for the lot. In todays climate I'm pretty happy with the price, plus there's no travelling or auctioneers commission.
rhino

I'd be happy with that just selling them is an achievment, having said that my KK's have gone all but one and she's the littlest.
bodger

I went to Chelford on Monday and prices weren't good. What looked to me to be good white pork pigs weighing 80kg went for 95p a kilo and coloured cull sows were going for between 45p and 50p.
bodger

We separated Mildred from her piglets this morning. We took her up into the fields to her own ark. I'm sure that she wont admit it right now but quietly, I think she was quite grateful. The babes had become quite a handful.

She'll be ready for the boar in a few days, but there in lies the problem. We still haven't got Matty the new boar used to electric fencing. I'm not sure what to do.    If we put him in with Milly he'll probably panic at the first zap and bring all the fencing down.
bodger

Well everything went like clock work yesterday afternoon. All thirteen piglets were loaded into a trailer without a hitch and off  they went about six miles up the road to their new home. I've now got a check in my back pocket for 455.00, which is going to be paid into the 'Feed the other pigs Fund.'
horace

 
Yorkshire Geordie

Result, well done Bodger.  

Did they go, "Wee, wee,wee, wee....." all the way home?



Martyn

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