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  1. luvmypets

    Worried..

    Ugh, so frustrated I even have to write this. Yesterday morning when my brother went to the barn to let the animals out he found the sheep stall open and grain missing. Last evening I went to the barn and noticed the sheep would not come in the barn. They were just standing there staring out...
  2. luvmypets

    Oopsie babies on their way

    I swear its one thing after another with these pigs. To start off I want to say that I know we should have removed the boarlings sooner, but we didn't, why? I couldnt tell ya. We have at least two litters that will be hitting the ground in the next month. It won’t happen again as we have a...
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    LMP's 2019 Farrowing Thread: New babies from Lucy and Prissy

    We recently purchased two new gilts off of a couple in NY. They are both bred, with one of them being 100% confirmed by their vet. They said the vet was unsure on the second girl, however, they got them scanned very early on and these girls are quite fat, even for the breed which is a naturally...
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    My first bottle baby

    Six days ago my sow had a lovely litter of 11 piglets. The only problem being she only had ten teats to nurse the babies. As the days have gone on I noticed that the runt was getting weaker. And so yesterday I finally made the decision to pull the little girl. When I brought her in she was weak...
  5. luvmypets

    Expecting our first piglets: Babies are here

    It has now been a little over a year since we first got our mangalitsa pigs, and man was it a learning experience. Between dealing with our nasty barrows and figuring out proper feed rations it was a lot. But after our barrows left and we had our sweet gilt left, we decided it was time we really...
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    Our new hog shelter

    Well our first round raising pigs for meat went better than I thought it would. I won't lie we had a few...ok a lot of bumps in the road, but now we are more prepared than ever to try again. One of the big issues we had was that our pigs absolutely demolished their shelter we bought for them. It...
  7. luvmypets

    Ewe lamb seems off

    I have been debating posting about this for some time but Im curious what others think of her. Little Stella was born a twin on march 15, she was unresponsive when born but I swung her and she was fine. She was normal happy, playful, and nursing. However at two weeks old she got some sort of...
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    Dosage for lambs?

    I need to administer a tetanus Antitoxin to my week old lambs as I need to band them. The bottle says: "Tetanus antitoxin confers immediate passive immunity lasting about 7 to 14 days. 1500 units administered subcutaneously or intramuscularly is the recommended dose for prevention"...
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    Ewe doesn't seem to be able to keep up with lambs nursing

    My three year old ewe had her first set of twins last week. They seem to be nursing faster than their mama can produce. The mama gets high-quality alfalfa along with about a cup of all-stock and a steady supply of water. Her udder went from huge to about the size of an apple within the three...
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    Questions about lambs

    I was blessed with two perfect lambs yesterday and both are happy and nursing. It is visible they both have full and rounded tummies. So they will play for ten minutes to an hour and then lay down to rest. I have a few questions because I worry about every little detail and I want to make sure...
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    Question about tetanus antitoxin

    My sheep cut his leg today. It was reccommended I give him tetanus antitoxin but before I do anything I want to be 100% sure I know what to do. Ok so I have one 1500 unit vial which it says to give the whole thing to him. I have syringes and needles but Im just curious where should I inject it...
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    Escape of the Porkette: Sequel to Escape of the Porker

    We just expanded our pig pen yesterday! I suppose my gilt got a little too excited and tonight when Im calling the alpacas from our driveway? My gilt Patricia trots up with a happy little greeting. WHAT?! I was so shocked, I ran out and was greeted in the strangest way. 8 alpacas 2 sheep...and a...
  13. luvmypets

    Lambing in cold weather

    Both my ewes are bred and are expecting in Jan-Feb. Rosie is starting to get a bag, so she is due fairly soon. I have a few concerns I would like to address so I can make a plan to keep the newborn lambs healthy and warm. The biggest issue I have at this point is our location. We do not have a...
  14. luvmypets

    Dealing with an Aggressive Barrow

    Before I say anything else, let me just say Kevin will not be going to freezer camp until he is ready(350lbs).These pigs were a big investment, and Kev is the only problem. Most of you who have been following me know our barrow Kevin is far from friendly. I have gotten bit by him three times...
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    Escape of the Porker!

    Today I was going to greet my sheep, and the pigs were pacing the fence looking for food. I was about halfway across the field and I heard a "clink" on the fence and I turn around and see a pig running towards me. :thThe barrows have been so mean in the past especially Kevin who has the longer...
  16. luvmypets

    Clover's Lambing Thread!

    Here we go again! Both girls are bred by... Guess who? "Baby" Ras is going to be a dad. We were going to castrate him early on but we didnt have the right tool to expand the band. To make a long story short he bred Rosie and Clover. Ugh everytime I think about the breeding its weird. I have...
  17. luvmypets

    Animals love to scare us!

    We have all been there! You get home from school or work and something isn't quite right. Whether it be a sticky situation or a goat playing hide and seek, we have all had our share of our animals trying to give us a heart attack. Share your stories of your animals deciding to give you a wake up...
  18. luvmypets

    What got my chicks?

    A few weeks ago one of our chicks disappeared. The four of them would often adventure far outside their pen so after thorough looking we came to the conclusion the chick had stayed out and got taken. I wasn't to concerned until today.. When we first walked into the barn the grain bin was tipped...
  19. luvmypets

    Silly question

    Ivermec is safe for pregnant ewes right? I am almost positive it is, but just double checking.
  20. luvmypets

    Working with Wool: Working Hard

    So pumped to announce that I will be making my own yarns/wool products. Its a total WIP but I have big plans. So as most of you know I have sheep and alpacas. I took a four week spinning class in august which was fabulous! I got to borrow a spinning wheel and I learned how to spin different...
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