Ok I have a problem .My big girl Madea who has issues with other horses is apparently besties with our pig. Here's the problem.The pig is scheduled for freezer camp. Madea literally cuddles up to the fence separating her and the pig.( Lays down to sleep with her.)This pig is pretty large.The pig cuddles up as well and goes bonkers if Dea is out of her sight. I cannot keep the gilt for breeding as originally planned.Especially not after she tried to pin me up in her stall . We recently got some ponies & o am thinking if putting one in the pigs pen once said pig is gone. We had planned to butcher the pig here at the house but now I am thinking maybe we will have to send her out. Would love opinions on how to handle the situation.
Can a pony and the pig share for a few days before the pig goes so there is overlap ?
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Post by westxgrl13 on Aug 22, 2015 11:49:05 GMT -5
I agree with Dunderi. Don't put human feelings on animals--they are animals. When we wean babies off their mammies, yes, the mammies stand around and bleat/bawl/nicker for a couple of days, then they go on about their business. I think you will find the same thing happens with your Madea! And don't YOU take on unnecessary guilt--raising ranch/farm animals is fraught with "aw, but that one is so CUTE!" times, but we just have to get past them. The most beautiful, sleekest, fattest cow you have is probably that way because she's infertile, and all her energies are going into keeping herself in fine fettle. The others look more ragged because they are raising a nice, fat calf for you to sell or eat! Have your "how will she make it without her friend?" moment, then let it go. My two cents' worth...........
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Post by simplynaturalfarm on Aug 22, 2015 13:03:24 GMT -5
Be careful - they can develop bonds that are dangerous. My husband's family had a Jersey who adopted a huge 400lb sow and let her nurse on her. YES< nurse. And if you got between them, the jersey would try to take you out! They got no milk out of her because she let the pig nurse and they couldn't keep them apart with fencing (at that point they did not use electric)>
So, bred the sow who had piglets. The one day they were castrating piglets and the sow came at them from one direction and the Jersey who was grazing came because sow (her baby) was screaming . . . she chased my MIL on top of a picnic table.
They took the pig to butcher and cow didn't even skip a beat.
Our zoo has a coati (looks like a cross between a lemur and a raccoon) that bonded with a mini horse. Unfortunately, the horse was to be rehomed elsewhere. When the horse left, the coati really grieved. The zoo paired him with a smallish dog, and the coati perked right up. The two are great friends. Perhaps your horse can bond with another animal. Good luck!
My big worry is actually one severaly ticked off mare who is built like a tank deciding to have a fit at the time of butcher.Either way the pig is going.Whether to our freezer or someone else's. I just gotta get the pig out for processing or take Dea out far enough she doesn't really see what is happening. My hubby is an excellent shot so other than the shot there shouldn't be any real noise. I cannot put the ponies in with the pig.She has already charged after them the last time she got loose. She was slated for camp yesterday but we have not been able to butcher her due to time constraints dealing with my fil . Currently having to set things up for him to come home as well as decide if we are going to let everything go so we can move there and take care of him.He's in really bad shape.
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