I did not post early this morning because I wanted to make sure that Molly and Tahiti were on the road to recovery. All yesterday afternoon we struggled with the two gilts. Vomiting and diarrhea. Bad. The Vet thinks they either ate something poisonous, carried in with the weeds or the straw or the hay, or it was the worms. We have had trouble with the roundworm here before. But this felt gastric to me. A sick pig is terrible to see. They die very fast.
But worked faster, by this time it was the last few minutes of the doctors day. They were given all the necessary medicines and Hugo and I cleared out the entire pen of everything, (they were on deep bedding) put in old hay from my own clean fields and every two hours I fed them small amounts of warm electrolyte, gave their bellies a good massage after drinking, little nibbles of dry bread and aspirin twice, by early this morning they were drinking well their food has been shifted around and they are sleeping tucked up together in their mound of warm hay. When pigs are really sick they separate, seeing them cuddled together is always a good sign.
And there is no bad smell anymore. Smell was my first indication of things going wrong. My pigs usually smell sweet.
Last night I closed all the barn doors at night, for the first time since last winter. Just now, I opened them up, a few minutes ago, (it is 7.03am) and everyone was still asleep until I let the morning light in. All four ears pricked up from deep in the straw, meeting light and sound. Good.
I will let the power of the light both wake and warm them. Then we will have a good look at them.
On another subject, and to my surprise, Pania led all her new friends – the turkeys and Geraldine – into the barn at milking time last night and they slept in there all night, on a gate in the lower levels (as befits their status in the barn). I hope they do that again as this is their eventual destination for the winter months.
I hope you have a lovely day. The animals and I have enjoyed our late start after a busy night but now it is time to get moving and have a good look at everyone in the light of day.