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    coccidiosis in pigs- transfer to chickens?

    Hi, I just got two little feeder pigs and one turned out to have coccidiosis. She is being treated, but I need to know about transference to poultry. I move my pigs around to root and fertilize parts of the orchard. Once they are parasite clear, and on fresh pasture, they should be ok since they...
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    Hey!!! Pig People!!! how many are there of us?

    We raise two feeders a year and sell at farmers markets.
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    Anyone got any Pig Tips for a newbie 4Her?

    We raised two pigs in a pen of hog panels and a house made of pallets with hog panels hooped over with a tarp as a roof. We moved the house and pen about once a week and let them rip up our garden. Not sure you could do a 4H this way but it worked for us and was a lot of fun. The hogs ended up...
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    Little Piggy

    She's a big ole girl... My oh my... Queen sized!
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    starting out with feeder pigs

    Just wanted to update myself and say that this has all worked out a treat!! They love their house, we have a completely torn up garden, they only escaped during the move once and I just led them to the apple tree to eat fallen apples until we were ready to shoo them back... Through a series of...
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    Pasturing pigs?

    I needed my two feeders to dig up my garden, so I made a pen out of hog panels and I move it every three weeks or so (every two now) and it has worked like a charm. T posts at each corner, and one in the middle of certain sections, if the ground is uneven for example. Hog panels are the only...
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    processing questions

    Well Beavis and Butthead are now big and ready to go to the processor on Dec 6th. They will be about 5 months old, and my GUESS is that they will weigh about 170lbs. Butthead is a little smaller than Beavis- she is more aggressive and just a big ole girl! I heard processing a female hog in heat...
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    Najde sheep / New pic

    Wow!!! What fantastic looking sheep. They look like they can live on nothing...
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    starting out with feeder pigs

    So an update: today we moved them for the first time. The plan is to move them everytime they completely tear up a plot, we then move them to the next. By freezer camp time they will have torn up our whole garden. So far so good. They went crazy in the new plot. All I heard was munch munch...
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    two medical type questions

    Actually I think they are six weeks...
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    two medical type questions

    They are nine weeks- Butthead isnt castrated. I saw another post just like this but if I am not doing the cutting do I call my vet? The guy who sold them to us was going to come by and do it but havent heard from him so I need to make sure of plan B. same guy said to give them a second dose of...
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    starting out with feeder pigs

    They wont sleep in the magnificent pig palace I sweated and bled to build them. Will they know to go in it when it rains, or gets cold? Do I need to keep them in there for a few days? Really annoying!
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    North Carolina

    I'm outside Mount Airy. About forty minutes north of Winston-Salem.
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    Rooting question

    :D We got two feeder pigs specifically to root up the garden. So we will be moving them every few weeks until they have turned the whole thing! I am sick of rototilling with all the weeds catching in the tines, the rocks flying out, arms going numb... The pigs are not onlly doing this annoying...
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    starting out with feeder pigs

    Here they are!! Beavis and Butthead! Beavis has a nice belt but Butthead is offbelt (doesnt matter since we are taking both to the butcher)
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    starting out with feeder pigs

    So after some delay, we are picking up our little feeders tomorrow. We built them a moveable house and they will till up the veg garden, get to root, and eat all the weeds, leftover produce etc... I built a three sided hoop house using pallets, hog panels and a stury tarp. Its tall enough for me...
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    feeding meat to pigs

    thank you so much for the answers. i dont mind following other people's wisdom, but I also like to know why. And now I know! So I will not panic if a few scraps of cooked meat go into the hog pen, but wont give them anything raw. I have plenty of veg scraps and plan on taking all the discard...
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    feeding meat to pigs

    Total hog novice here so please keep the snark to a minimum. I am genuinely curious about this. We are picking up our first feeder pigs this week and I have some questions. Everything I have read says not to feed meat to pigs. What I am trying to figure out is why? Arent they omnivores? And...
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    I want a pig! Any breed suggestions?

    Well maybe he didnt post a reply but I will: I am thinking about raising a couple of feeder pigs for our family to eat what breed (never raised pigs before) what kind of fencing/enclosure? how much room per pig? what kind of house do they need? Could use suggestions for something small...
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    hair sheep breeds

    Which breed is best as a "starter sheep" for someone who has never raised sheep at all? Is there such a thing as a hair sheep that has a nice carcass and can also make a little milk? Is there a cross we should try for with that goal in mind?