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Happy pigs are Healthy pigs - FAQ's - 2009

Q1. I have purchased some pigs to put in an area of woodland. Three of the four have not eaten for two days and are huddled in the kennel arrangement that I have built in the wood. I do not know whether I need to be worried because I have not kept pigs before. What would you suggest?

Q2. I discovered that a weaner in a litter group of 10 had died overnight.  They are about 20Kg in weight and one other is behaving oddly and trying to climb up the wall of the stable that I keep them in. What could it be and is there something I ought to give the ill one? I think that it is something to do with the boar because I lost two pigs which behaved oddly in a previous litter.

Q3. I seem to have more loose dung on the floors of pens which contain growing pigs in groups of 12 to 15. The pigs are not growing as well as I would like. Could it be the anything to do with the pig feed?

Q4. I have four point of service gilts that I keep in an orchard. Yesterday one of the gilts did not emerge from her hut to feed and today she came out at feeding time but was sick. She produced a lot of yellow mucus containing liquid which did not contain any feed. What could cause this vomiting and should I do anything to help?

Q5. What is the best way to dispatch a piglet that is less than one day old?

Q6.Should I always give iron to my piglets?

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