Feeding Piglets That Have Been
Orphaned - What You Need to Know When
You may already have
ideas about feeding piglets
if you have been
a small pig farm
for quite some time. You may be doing great until you find some
piglets that are abandoned by their real mothers. Now you are
wondering if your ideas about feeding piglets are still applicable
in this scenario.
These piglets that are now considered orphans need extra care,
attention and you need a modicum of luck as its owner. Here are some
essential things that you need to remember about feeding and
caring for piglets.
1. You need to make sure that these baby pigs stay warm all the
time. The recommended temperature that must be maintained on the
space where they will be staying is 90 degrees. You can put them on
a pet carrier or a playpen where you will safely place a heating
pad. You can opt to use a safety heat lamp as long as you will have
this hooked on a spot where it won't accidentally fall. Newly born
pigs are not capable of producing their own heat. They are only able
to develop this kind of ability after two weeks.
2. In feeding piglets, you will be like a mother to them. You can
use a small flat dish where you will place the food while you are
holding the animal on the other hand. At the beginning, it is only
normal for the pig to fight because they aren't sure what you are
trying to do. Eventually, they will get what you want to happen and
figure things out on their own.
What do you feed these orphaned animals? Goat's milk is okay as well
as sow milk for starters. You need to warm the milk first before
giving it to them. Just like real babies, they won't consume much at
a time so they have to be fed often, especially when they are only
some days or a week's old. If you will use formula milk, you have to
read the details about how long it will last because these young
pigs are prone to diarrhea that can really have big and negative
impact on their health and chances of survival.