piglet help

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by Nigerian dwarf goat, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki

    You do not want to get close enough to know if it is boar or sow. They are all mean as hell. All wild hogs have tusks.
     
  2. NigerianNewbie

    NigerianNewbie Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2018
    Central NC
    Use small amount of baby cereal (rice) and mix with the milk. It needs to be really soupy (watery) so it can be lapped up. Then in a couple of days, just a tad more baby cereal till it is like runny gravy. Hold off on a more solid food for a few weeks, their digestive isn't developed enough to process much more than milk liquids yet.
     

  3. NigerianNewbie

    NigerianNewbie Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2018
    Central NC
    When tracking/hunting with dogs it's an on foot trek through all types of terrain. The dogs can't tell what sex the hogs are, they only know they are on the scent trail.
     
  4. jschies

    jschies Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2014
    There were some wild hogs that actually killed a home healthcare worker in her 50s here. She got out of the car in the people's driveway and the hogs came up and killed her. It was out in the country so no one saw and helped. They just found her dead in the driveway.
     
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  5. Caileigh Jane Smith

    Caileigh Jane Smith Well-Known Member

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    Dec 1, 2019
    Missouri, USA
    That is scary, but I see how it could happen. My sister raises hogs, and her boar took a big bite out of her leg one day. He paces the fence line when we're down there, slavering and glaring at us. He's a scary pig!
    On the other hand, the sows are all sweet and friendly, like enormous dogs. I still wouldn't turn my back on them, though.
     
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  6. Nigerian dwarf goat

    Nigerian dwarf goat Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Texas
    not yet! I dont want to get too attached to him!
    Actually, I may have found a lady who wants him, but she hasn't made up her mind yet. She used to be a vet tech, but now grooms dogs and takes in all types of wild animals. Squirrels, skunks, raccoons, she even took in monkey once!
    I don't know, my brother didn't kill it. Usually, people see a hog and just kill it. Maybe they didnt know she had babies on her, but at the same time, we have a lot. Way too many to be honest.
    It really is kinda sad, but it has to be done. The state literally pays 7$ per hog tail. Just take the tail to your courthouse, and they pay up lol.

    He didn't take the oatmeal anyways, so in the morning I will run to the store and get baby cereal and cod liver oil (for iron, in a previous link)

    No increases on feed intake, but the neighbors kids came over today and pet him. He liked the attention :)
     
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  7. AndersonRanch

    AndersonRanch Well-Known Member

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    Oct 17, 2020
    California
    No because these are not like deer. Very good points about not knowing if it’s a male of female, but also they don’t just have 1 or 2 babies a year like a deer does. She can have 24 a year and those female babies can breed at 3-4 months. They are more like mice and rats then anything else and it doesn’t take long for them to get absolutely out of control. And honestly that is how I look at them, as destructive rodents.
     
  8. AlabamaGirl

    AlabamaGirl Well-Known Member

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    Jun 18, 2020
    Southeast
    Does anyone know where they came from? Are they descendants from escaped hogs on a farm?
     
  9. AndersonRanch

    AndersonRanch Well-Known Member

    343
    Oct 17, 2020
    California
    I think it was European settlers that brought them over as “domestic” pigs and since back then everything was kinda free range they got away and did their thing. I’m sure some of our normal domestic pigs did play a part in it all as well. Years ago one got in with a sow we planned to butcher and other then having the black with a white belt those dang things looked 100% wild. But anyways I have also heard that some were brought over for hunting purposes and those also have escaped over the years. Totally true I do not know for a fact
     
  10. littleheathens

    littleheathens Active Member

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    Apr 27, 2019
    south central WI
    Wow, what a story. We've raised pigs for meat and love it. If you consider keeping it for meat- I would give it a whirl if you are able- like goats, they don't like to be alone. In a few weeks you could find a little feeder (around here nobody would sell them until at least 8 weeks) as a friend. We slaughter most pastured heritage breeds around 9-10 months but you could fill your freezer anytime you are ready or if it gets aggressive. Is it male or female?

    You may be able to rehome it to someone raising pigs, too.
     
  11. HMNS

    HMNS Well-Known Member

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    Jul 15, 2019
    Brown County, Ohio
    He is extremely cute (as are all babies) but, please be careful and recognize that this isn't a domestic animal...WILD HOGS HAVE ACTUALLY KILLED PEOPLE!!!

    The most recent account that comes to mind happened in November 2019. A lady was a care-giver for an elderly couple...she was walking from her car to her clients door when she was attacked and killed by a wild hog "herd" just a few feet from the front door of her clients home in Anahuac, TX...so horrific and very, very sad.
     
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  12. Nigerian dwarf goat

    Nigerian dwarf goat Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Texas
    Male :) that's what were still trying to do, so far a few people interested, but not fully sold on the idea...
    I know, we are taking the necessary precautions and correcting any bad behavior.

    Whew! He is growing quick! Were up to 1/3 cup milk with baby cereal every 4 hours. we got him a week ago tomorrow, so Im guessing around 9-10 days old? Time to introduce solids? Maybe start feeding less frequently?
    I gotta get some pics of him, he's growing fast!
    Hopefully we will get the hard work done, and someone can take him from there.
     
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  13. NigerianNewbie

    NigerianNewbie Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2018
    Central NC
    You could gradually add a small amount more of baby cereal for now. When the piglet is 2 weeks of age you could go to 6 hours between feedings. Keep adding a small amount more of baby cereal every few days. After he reaches 2 1/2-3 weeks of age, you could start offering a few pellets of piglet food each day. Each week add a little more baby cereal to his milk. At 4 weeks, try going to 8 hours between giving him cereal milk and see how it goes.

    The goal is to keep adding baby cereal each week to thicken his milk, increasingly the time between feedings each week and offering a few more daily pig pellets each week.

    At 8 weeks his milk should be thick like runny oatmeal and offered 2 X a day and he should be offered a small handful of pig pellets each feeding. They start weaning give or take during that 8th week. By 9-10 weeks he should be eating pig pellets only.
     
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  14. Nigerian dwarf goat

    Nigerian dwarf goat Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Texas
    Thank you so much, that was very helpful! Will do!
     
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  15. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    @Nigerian dwarf goat wow a piglet. Of the boar kind. Now that is interesting. Pigs are omnivorous. Flesh and vegetation. Be very careful. We had a pot belly called chops. He was as tame as you could get them. We had to give him to a farmer.
    He ate both the alsations on the property. They eventually put him in the freezer. He made a good watch dog but was a danger to everything meat.
     
  16. Nigerian dwarf goat

    Nigerian dwarf goat Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Texas
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    the only non blurry picture I have of him hahah he is very active lol

    we are trying really hard to find him a home, but so far no one wants him. Poor dude. He is very healthy and everything though so that is good :)
     
  17. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    I wish you all the luck. They can be like puppies. But be careful
     
  18. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Aww... poor little pig pig.
     
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  19. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    Everywhere the Spaniards went they would turn loose hogs and goats. This was to provide meat for sailors but also, the hogs would completely disrupt the native villages and begin the process of conquering a new land.
    Hogs revert back to wild in just a few generations. They destroy ecosystems and eat up the plants, birds, etc. that the native peoples rely on for health.

    The world collectively has spent the last 30 years cleaning up islands and such of these destructive creatures. Some breeds of island goats have been saved (Catalina Arapaho) there's no real use for wild hogs though.

    Now that this one has been caught it's highly illegal to turn him loose again. Just like any other invasive species.
     
  20. Nigerian dwarf goat

    Nigerian dwarf goat Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Texas
    found someone to take him on monday! ;)