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Hernia? 10week old Kunekune

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Pigs' started by Coolbreeze89, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. Jul 4, 2018
    Coolbreeze89

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    i am new to pigs. I got this little guy a couple weeks ago. Happy, eating and pooping well. The scrotum seems enlarged to me. This is as big as it gets, but each side varies in size, smaller at times, looking like this other times. It is compressible, no tension. Is this a scrotal hernia? Will this impact fertility? Concerns/advice? THANK YOU!
     

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  2. Jul 4, 2018
    Baymule

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    I only raise feeder pigs. Currently have 2 Hereford Hog boars. Boars have big balls. They really stick out there. Most of the time, uniform in size. I can't see much of the thing you are asking if it is a hernia. Can you contact the breeder you got him from?

    I love this site for pig information,
    http://sugarmtnfarm.com/home/
     
  3. Jul 5, 2018
    frustratedearthmother

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    I have a couple of mature Guinea Hog boars and they don't exactly look like that. They are the same size and shape and are very symmetrical. As Bay mentioned - I'd send that pic to the breeder and ask for his/her opinion.
     
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    High Desert Cowboy

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    That is a scrotal hernia. I am not sure on its impact on fertility but I personally wouldn’t use him for breeding. While there are several factors that go into a scrotal hernia genetic is one of those factors. If you plan to sell offspring for meat, there is the added difficulty of castrating ruptured piglets (doable, but if you’re not careful you will have problems). If you don’t castrate when it comes to slaughter time there is a risk of meat damage as you have small intestine where it aught not be increasing the chance for contamination of meat. Plants generally penalize for ruptures for just that reason.
     
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  5. Jul 5, 2018
    Coolbreeze89

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    I’ll check out the site, thanks.

    The size of each side of the scrotum varies, so I wondered if hydroceles or hernias...Will monitor for now as he’s otherwise doing great.
     
  6. Jul 6, 2018
    Baymule

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    @High Desert Cowboy raises pigs commercially. He raises piglets for feeder operations. He sees a LOT of pig balls in his line of work. I would take what he said to the bank. Based on what he said, this boar of yours should go back to the breeder for a refund.
     
  7. Jul 9, 2018
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    Coolbreeze89

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    Castration and hernia repair scheduled with vet. He’s a sweet boy, so now he’ll just be a pet. Thank you, everyone!
     
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    Baymule

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    Pigs make good pets. They are smarter than a dog, but dog people don't like to hear that...…..including me! LOL How about posting a picture of his other end? :lol:
     
  10. Jul 13, 2018
    Coolbreeze89

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    Here’s the cutie! Such a sweet personality!
     

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