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Upset tummy from cows milk?

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Pigs' started by Midge, Sep 22, 2017.

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  1. Sep 22, 2017
    Midge

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    Aloha!
    Living in Hawaii raising a few of the "wild boar" Polynesian variety of pig that roams the island. We have 5 now, after losing and harvesting a few. The pigs are kept in movable pens in grass pasture and moved every three days. I have a wild caught gilt that we've kept for a few months now, who has completely come around to domesticated life. All the pigs are fed the same diet: sprouted oats and sunflower twice daily, occasional handful of commercial pig pellets, fresh grass, and slop from the bed and breakfast next door (mostly fruit leftovers and occasional waffle). We found a source for "damaged" milk products (not necessarily expired) and have been feeding that to all the pigs when we get some. We just got some this week. In the past domestic breeds of pigs I've worked with will go CRAZY for cow's milk, yogurt, ice cream, whatever.
    TLDR; My question is: the older barrow and pregnant gilt (who are housed together) are both acting repulsed by milk all of a sudden, and aren't eating much of anything today or last night. Didn't give them any dairy this morning but just regular oats and sunflower, and they ate very little if any. Not even excited by papayas (their favorite). They've been just laying around in the shade today, though it's not even warm yet.
    In the other pen, where the "piglets" are (actually they're 6 months) they've been so excited to get milk and have plenty of an appetite. What could be wrong with my gilt and barrow, when they've been getting the same diet?
    I'm mostly worried about the pregnant gal, as she is behaving particularly strange. The barrow is fat and it is common for him to be lazy. But the gilt, being wild caught, is usually alert and cautious when I approach. She just laid down and let me scratch and pet her.
    Thanks for ideas!
     
  2. Sep 22, 2017
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    that would worry me enough to call a vet.

    A pig that doesn't want to eat like crazy? Must be bad. :hu

    If the piglets are fine, I would guess that it isn't the milk that is to blame... must be something else.