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by Ajayb
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: One Gilt Harassing Another ...
Replies: 8
Views: 2963

Thanks to everyone who replied. Swapped two of my girls for a castrated boar piglet with Nick Murray in Wester Ross as its giving him a new bloodline to breed from and wasn't too long a journey for the girls. It was really good to chat with another owner in Scotland and the girls have settled in wel...
by Ajayb
Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: One Gilt Harassing Another ...
Replies: 8
Views: 2963

Hi again, Wendy, I've tried to resist doing anything hasty about this situation because I'm so fond of the pigs but it hasn't really improved and now the gilt who is being pestered is becoming snappy with both of her sisters and some fighting has occured. I think that the only solution is for one (o...
by Ajayb
Mon May 10, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: One Gilt Harassing Another ...
Replies: 8
Views: 2963

Thanks, Wendy, I suppose I had (foolishly) assumed that if there were no male animals around there wouldn't be a problem (all of our animals - sheep, dogs etc - are female). I suppose my options now are to hope the irritation doesn't develop into serious aggression; to sell on the 'offending' gilt t...
by Ajayb
Sat May 08, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: One Gilt Harassing Another ...
Replies: 8
Views: 2963

Thanks, Simon, It's not so much a problem for me as the pig she's annoying! I'll double check using your suggested method, but I suspect you're right I've no intention of bringing in a boar - 3 kunekunes are quite enough for me and I've read elsewhere of how disruptive it can be to the status quo if...
by Ajayb
Fri May 07, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: One Gilt Harassing Another ...
Replies: 8
Views: 2963

One Gilt Harassing Another ...

I have 3 non-neutered gilt litter-mates, approaching 2 years old and owned by us for ca 15 months. They generally get along very well (except occasionally when disputing food!) but, during the last couple of weeks, one of them routinely nudges the other underneath her belly constantly with her snout...
by Ajayb
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Too Fat?
Replies: 1
Views: 2208

I have KKs (3 gilts) about the same age as yours and, not having proper scales, I did the weight calculation thing - Weight (kg) = (length cms x girth cms behind shoulders x girth cms behind shoulders divided by 13871). Mine are slightly less long than yours (101cm) but their weights worked out at a...
by Ajayb
Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Alfalfa Pellets
Replies: 1
Views: 3086

Alfalfa Pellets

Our KKs have begun cutting up the grass in our paddocks quite badly again so I'm limiting their time in there (a few hours a day) and keeping them in the woods, where the grass is more sparse. I'm very aware of not over-feeding them and currently supplement their grazing with a large scoop of pot-be...
by Ajayb
Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to calculate weight
Replies: 1
Views: 1825

Found it online - Weight (kg) = (L x G x G) divided by 13781 (cm) where L = Length from base of tail to between ears and G = Heart Girth (measurementbehind front legs).
by Ajayb
Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to calculate weight
Replies: 1
Views: 1825

How to calculate weight

Hi,

I'm sure the last time I did this for worming/ vaccine 6 months ago there was a formula (eg girth round shoulders behind front legs times/ divided by body length kind of thing) but I've forgotten it and my girls are a lot bigger now!

Can anyone please remind me? Thanks, Anne
by Ajayb
Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pigs dragging fallen branches into ark - why?
Replies: 5
Views: 2012

Thanks! I promise not to thwart their plans again!
by Ajayb
Fri Oct 02, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pigs dragging fallen branches into ark - why?
Replies: 5
Views: 2012

Thanks, Wendy! They have a thick layer of hemcore in their ark and lots of straw, which I top up frequently (they push a fair bit of it out of the door!). Do you think it's just instinct then? I even wondered if they were trying to keep our chooks out, as I've noticed they wander into the ark occasi...
by Ajayb
Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pigs dragging fallen branches into ark - why?
Replies: 5
Views: 2012

Pigs dragging fallen branches into ark - why?

I've noticed that on the occasions when we're trimming trees in the pigs' wood for any reason that the pigs drag some of the fallen branches into their ark. I remove them, as I don't think it can be too comfortable for them but can anyone tell me, please, why they are doing this?
by Ajayb
Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Three questions from a beginner
Replies: 8
Views: 3591

Three questions from a beginner

Just spotted your post. We have woodland not dissimilar in size to yours and that is where we placed the pig ark & our three KK gilts in March. During the summer, we gave them free access to our paddocks which worked out well in the really dry weather but not so well in August, when they turned over...
by Ajayb
Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Teeth
Replies: 4
Views: 2786

Teeth

Thanks, Wendy!
by Ajayb
Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Teeth
Replies: 4
Views: 2786

Teeth

I thought hide was skin and not meat and perhaps naively believed that would be ok .... they don't have any meat scraps in their feed ever but they are not destined to be eaten themselves!