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bodger

Down and almost out.

I feeling at a bit of a low ebb right now. Its bad enough that the last of the old horses is going to be put down on Monday but we knew that it would have to happen one day. What's really cheesing me off is that one litter of piglets has been scouring badly and has been doing so for the last fours and now the second litter has started.
I've taken advice  from two vets and friends on here and started to treat them but there's no sign of them getting any better. I don't know if the treatment is going to work and I'm worried that I may end up losing the lot.
A week ago, everything was fine and things were going swimmingly, then I found a piglet with a poorly foot. I put the sow outside in an old pig enclosure while we treated the piglet  and I think that's when things started to go wrong. The sow rolled in mud as pigs do and came back with a muddy udder. I think that she may have brought something back into the piglets.
Karen and I dosed up each individual pig last night with a medication called Spectanscour but this morning there's runny poop everywhere again. We're supposed to treat the piglets twice a day but Karens working, so it will have to be just the one dose after four this afternoon.
Its at times like this that I feel quite isolated, there's nobody about to call who can lend me a hand. I fear for the piglets and I seem to have  gone from a high, to wondering whether or not its all worth it?
olde9856

Doesn't that always seem to be the case. Up, down, up etc.
sorry I don't live closer or I would be over in a shot!
Chin up, something good will happen soon
chicken feed

Keep with it John. If they are feeding and acting like piglets all is not lost.
ClaireK

I dont know alot about pigs or piglets but i hope they get better soon and you start to feel more positive. I know how you feel but better things will be round the corner and heading your way soon hopefully

Claire x
bodger

Thank goodness, my poor old mate Pugh from across the fields has the day off and we've been able to dose the pigs. Karen will be on duty for this evenings manoeuvres.
All the piglets are still very lively but also very poopy. We're using marker pens to mark the pigs after they've been treated, today we've used red and tonight, it will be blue.
hughesy

As long as they're feeding and active there can't be much wrong with them. Make sure they and the sows have got a good supply of water to drink dehydration could become a problem if they continue to have the squitters.
hughesy

Just did a quick google on the subject. Scouring in piglets is very common and due to a whole range of causes. None of ours have ever suffered from it but having read a few things on the subject I'm not so worried now. I'm sure they'll be ok John.
Bulworthy Project

We know very little about pigs, but we do know a bit about the ups and downs of life.  We love what we do here but there have been some really hard times when staying motivated has been a real struggle.

It's the support of our friends that has got us through.  You've been very supportive of everyone else and you deserve a bit of support yourself.

When you get a chance, grab yourself a good meal (and maybe a little bit of cider) and think about the good times that are on their way when you've got through this low ebb.

Pamper yourself a bit.  You deserve it.  
bodger

Cheers friends, the suns shining and I've perked up. It was great that Pugh was able to nip over and help me out. All our kids have moved away now and are very much living their own lives , so that easy to call on labour has gone.
When I've got the pigs through this sticky patch, I'm going to take a page from Hughseys book and keep all the pigs free range all of the time. The few problems that I've had with the pigs have always been when they've been in the sties.
rhino

Pigs are pretty tough, I had one that was on deaths door and was fine 2 days later after a couple of nights in the warm and a load of porridge (it was scouring too) and tlc.
I had to smile to myself at this
Quote:
I seem to have  gone from a high, to wondering whether or not its all worth it?

I have that feeling around twice a week, since keeping livestock I now know what bi polar really feels like            
Rena

rhino wrote:
I have that feeling around twice a week, since keeping livestock I now know what bi polar really feels like            


Me too! Nothing like owning livestock!
bodger

I ended up on my arse in the straw trying to catch the pigs tonight. I would have laughed if I hadn't been so out of breath and covered in you know what. I was in the bath just after five oclock.  
Rena

bodger wrote:
I ended up on my arse in the straw trying to catch the pigs tonight. I would have laughed if I hadn't been so out of breath and covered in you know what. I was in the bath just after five oclock.  


Ewwwewwwee!!!!!! ..... Oh dear.
rhino

The worrying thing is that's one of the highs    
Rena

rhino wrote:
The worrying thing is that's one of the highs    


Tooooo true....
sod

    so true
Dave C

 hang in there pal  
Rick & Carol

bodger wrote:
I ended up on my arse in the straw trying to catch the pigs tonight. I would have laughed if I hadn't been so out of breath and covered in you know what. I was in the bath just after five oclock.  


That's done for the month then?
bodger

 Whether I need one or not.

Gladys's piglets  who've had the trots for the longest are definitely showing some signs of something more solid, while Dots, which have only had it for a couple of days, are pooping all over the place.
One thing that I've noticed, is that the two sows aren't drinking anything like as much as I'd like them to. I've got some of the 89p for four pints milk and I'm going to add some to their water. I've already given them some well soaked porridge this morning which  they've scoffed.
bodger

A week on and I'm relieved to say that both litters appear to be mended. I definitely don't do well under pressure and for a time, I definitely thought that I would lose the lot.
Touch wood, it looks as if I've done my last session of combined judo and rugby training in trying to catch and dose them. Even when they were at their worst they were still strong quick muscley little beggars. I can't make my mind up whether or not to get my doctoring clothes washed or to just stick a match to them?
horace

Match is cheaper
12Bore

   
sod

       Start by hosing them down 'OUTSIDE' if you decide to wash them  
chicken feed

Great news John
conundrum

Whew....so glad to hear they are all well now!!  You are right about the highs and lows we go through when looking after stock. All sent to try us.....but we get through it.

This is such a great forum, everyone is here for us in the good times, and the bad!!!  
bodger

It certainly helps. I got some good advice from a couple of members over the phone.
Rena

horace wrote:
Match is cheaper


... And you can put the ashes in the polytunnel ...
horace

Rena wrote:
horace wrote:
Match is cheaper


... And you can put the ashes in the polytunnel ...
 
darkbrowneggs

Sounds as though you have really been going through it (in more ways than one it seems)  Pleased they seem a bit better, and hope now spring is getting nearer things will be on the op

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