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by Pandora
Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:02 am
Forum: General Trading Post
Topic: Loan of a small livestock trailer, near Diss Norfolk
Replies: 0
Views: 1599

Loan of a small livestock trailer, near Diss Norfolk

Hi there all, Please has anyone got a livestock trailer not in use for a couple of days anytime over the next few weeks, before end of November? I am a smallholder, and need to transport 2 sheep, but don't have a trailer as mine has been on its last legs and now given up completely! Happy to leave a...
by Pandora
Mon May 28, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Health
Topic: URGENT PLEASE - Knackerman in Norfolk
Replies: 0
Views: 1620

URGENT PLEASE - Knackerman in Norfolk

After prolonged (mostly useless) vets treatment, we have made the sad decision to put down one of our old sows. Ada had a huge abcess next to her eye about a year ago, which was lanced and drained, but has turned into a fistula, leaving a gaping hole which keeps re-infecting. So despite many courses...
by Pandora
Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: late farrowing
Replies: 71
Views: 24221

Re: late farrowing

I keep the heat lamp on for 3 weeks or so in cold weather, then turn it off for maybe 4 hours in the early afternoon, and bit longer every few days until left on a timer for coldest couple of hours during night. It keeps little ones well away from being layed on when not actively suckling, so long a...
by Pandora
Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on rescued casrated boar constanly trying to mate sow
Replies: 4
Views: 2006

Re: Advice on rescued casrated boar constanly trying to mate

My girlies are all very easy going, so he's a cocky little fella (excuse the pun :wink: ), and often bumps them in the tummy then mounts, but generally at the side instead of the rear :lol: As he's only 5 months old, I expect he'll grow out of it and get bored with it ... or told off in no uncertain...
by Pandora
Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tips for making our two chaps less noisy?
Replies: 5
Views: 2079

Re: Tips for making our two chaps less noisy?

I would try totally ignoring them unless you want to visit for a chat, plus feed them at random not regular times for a while.
Won't take them long to learn no point in shouting their mouth off every time they spy you trying to creep past undetected! :lol:
by Pandora
Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on rescued casrated boar constanly trying to mate sow
Replies: 4
Views: 2006

Re: Advice on rescued casrated boar constanly trying to mate

If you are not 100% sure of the legitimacy of his background history, he could be a cryptorchid (undescended testicles) and so will still do the 'biz'. If he HAS been properly castrated, and you have not witnessed penetration... then he's just displaying dominance, my castrate does it all the time!
by Pandora
Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: late farrowing
Replies: 71
Views: 24221

Re: late farrowing

It is possible for a sow to re-absorb her litter in late pregnancy. Have a google search for info, to see if you think that is possible with her.
by Pandora
Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pedigree Ear Tags
Replies: 13
Views: 5364

Re: Pedigree Ear Tags

Yes exactly Di, it's metal ones or slapmarks for the abattoir isn't it, so I don't really think many of the plastic BKKPS ones actually get used for pet pigs to be honest Simon, unless you show etc.
by Pandora
Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pedigree Ear Tags
Replies: 13
Views: 5364

Re: Pedigree Ear Tags

Our 3 year old boar had his head in a bucket of apples and didn't flinch! :D As you have no need to tag until 12 months old, and then ONLY if your pig leaves the holding... most pet kune owners prefer not to have them in, and they will often get ripped out over time, causing unsightly appearance to ...
by Pandora
Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:59 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: erispeilis injections
Replies: 13
Views: 5608

Re: erispeilis injections

Di wrote:I do wonder if the manufacturer's just may be trying to sell their vaccine?

Ahh, the penny drops :wink: that's exactly what I think ~ all pharmaceutical manufacturers cover their backsides beyond the necessary methinks!
by Pandora
Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: erispeilis injections
Replies: 13
Views: 5608

Re: erispeilis injections

Me too Di! That's what I have always been told. :?:
I seal mine in a sandwich bag at the bottom of the fridge, and use until expiry date.
Our vet said they would have to order it in, and wanted £40 a bottle, must think I'm as daft as I look :x
by Pandora
Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are we expecting or not?
Replies: 15
Views: 5612

Re: Are we expecting or not?

Ah well, fingers crossed for you.

My Annie still hasn't popped, and is obviously pregnant so must have taken on next hogging (we never see our cheeky boar do the biz!)... so have her down for 3 weeks later now, and she is thoroughly enjoying the heatlamp meanwhile ~ just in case :wink:
by Pandora
Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:57 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Piglets and other pigs
Replies: 2
Views: 1894

Re: Piglets and other pigs

Wendy's right, I let one particularly fed up litter piglets black out after 10 days one time, rushing it a bit from my usual 2 weeks... and they immediately went to suckle mum again. The extra few days has worked every time, so 2 weeks seems exactly right.
by Pandora
Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are we expecting or not?
Replies: 15
Views: 5612

Re: Are we expecting or not?

Me too, I've had one who was pregnant for sure, and absorbed her litter in her last week, and have a feeling she may have done it again this time as she is now overdue... will retire her now :cry:
As it only happens once ~ is it RE-absorb... or absorb :?: :?
by Pandora
Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are we expecting or not?
Replies: 15
Views: 5612

Re: Are we expecting or not?

Pseudo pregnancy! She would likely sucessfully suckle a litter if offered. Can happen in almost every mammal, although it is uncommon in pigs... unlike bitches who often have phantom pregnancies, which is a perfectly NORMAL phenomenon ~ designed in the wild canine to feed alpha litter if their mothe...