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Discussion in 'Member's "BackYardHerds" Journals' started by AClark, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Nov 14, 2017
    AClark

    AClark Loving the herd life

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    We also acquired 2 pigs on Sunday. Pictures to come later. No back info on them at all, guessing they are under 6 months. One is pretty friendly now they have had a little settle in time and comes up to me for treats, the other won't come as close but neither are aggressive.
    I dewormed them for good measure. Twinkies with horse ivermectin is the way to go, they like twinkies. Both seem to be under-weight, though I know nothing of pigs they just look lean to me. DH knows more about pigs, having had them growing up, and they're his project.
     
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    CntryBoy777

    CntryBoy777 Herd Master

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    Oh my AC, so sorry things exploded on ya like that....sure hope your buck heals okay and I would've done the same thing with the dog....I wouldn't stand for it either. That's a shame about the vet too and certainly wouldn't go back to a "Fair Weather" jerk like that either.....40mins is a bit away, but would be inclined to stay with that one or maybe he could refer one a bit closer to ya.
    The pigs sound good and hope that works out...and will go a long way in filling the freezer for ya and the family....for a little while anyway.....:)
     
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    Hens and Roos Herd Master

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    Sorry about your buck getting hurt, hope his recovery goes smoothly.
     
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    AClark

    AClark Loving the herd life

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    It is a bummer, poor JD didn't have any way to defend himself. I wish the dog had gotten after the horses instead, because they'd just kick the crap out of him and that would be it. It's probably why he's the only one that really got hurt, my two other Nubian does are big, and the pygmy's all have horns.
    He is doing well though, once he is healed up he can go back out with the rest. I have 2 of the does in with him that are due to pop sometime? soon...I'm not sure when because they were already bred, but both are huge and have some discharge going on, so they're in the barn with him to keep him company. Likely that they have a month to go still, but I'd rather have them in the barn if we have a surprise rather than outside.

    Let's talk about scurs for a moment. JD has them, and they don't affect his pedigree or anything, mostly cosmetic, but when at the vet and he thrashed before he got some drugs, that little nub sure did a number on my neck. I pulled him up close so he couldn't thrash and he swung his head and caught that nub all the way from my shoulder to the front of my neck. Didn't break the skin but left quite a bruise! It's not much of a scur either so I was pretty surprised.

    Pig pictures, Colt is the black one (and male) and Petunia is the pink female.

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    Then some of the new chickens.

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    The pigs are awesome tillers. They've done all that since Sunday, which is fine there's nothing they can hurt there. I'm really debating grabbing some cattle panels and putting them where our garden was and letting them dig it all up around there for me, just to ease my back with the tiller come spring.
     
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    CntryBoy777

    CntryBoy777 Herd Master

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    No need bustin' a hump when ya have animals that'll do the job for ya....and fertilize it for ya to boot....:)
     
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    Baymule

    Baymule Herd Master

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    Wow! Poor JD. Glad you caught it before the dog killed him. That sucks about the vet, so far we've been real happy with ours.

    What breed are the pigs? By all means, PUT THEM IN THE GARDEN! We did that with 3 feeder pigs, taking them out in March. We had reclaimed the area from green briars and brush, so several times a week, I picked up a bucket of roots. They really helped clean it up. Ley your pigs do the work for you!
     
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    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    Sorry about your buck and dog. Hope the buck recovers with no complications. Grats on the bacon (said as I sit here eating reheated pork shoulder). :drool
     
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    AClark Loving the herd life

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    No idea what breed the pigs are. This guy caught them off a property that bred pigs and moved away, but left the pigs. We got them both very cheap. They've obviously been handled, as I have no trouble with them coming right up to me, they're just a bit spooky yet. The male has a face like a bulldog, it's so ugly it's kinda cute. The female is more friendly and willing to come up to check things out. I don't blame them for being spooky, we kind of man-handled them to get them in the pen (DH had them roped around the neck and I grabbed the back legs and carried them), so I have no doubt that didn't help "trust issues", but I think they forgave me after I gave them twinkies and a bunch of expired dairy stuff out of our fridge.

    Friday was just a rough day for all of us, my son and I cried almost the whole way to the vet, for JD, I was pissed at my vet, and knowing that our dog was going to have to go.

    I may just stay with the vet that's 38 miles away. It's a long haul, but he was really nice and available when I needed a vet the most.
     
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    Bruce

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    :hugs @AClark, looks like things worked out as best could be hoped for. Really sorry it happened at all. And yeah, seems like that vet wants a 9-5 job, with time out to play golf during work hours most likely.
     
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    Your son got a hard dose of reality. Covered in blood, worried over the goat and grieving for the dog, watching the vet stitch up the wound--that's a lot for an adult to process, mush less a 14 year old. Tell him his Aunt Baymule said he done good. He stepped up, did what had to be done and helped you where you needed it most.
     
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