Yesterday’s post may have been a bit doom and gloom, I was trying to cut off anyone telling us ‘you shouldn’t bring sketchy animals into your operation’. We know that. I’ve said those exact words to others many times. We’ve taken a calculated risk for completely emotional reasons. It will probably be okay because we have a pastured operation. And if it isn’t the best lessons are learned the hard way. Besides, what else was I supposed to do? let them all die? It had been several days (this time) since they animals had been fed and they were confined to small muddy enclosures. Just how long does it take a pig to starve to death?
Alrighty, then… on to happier things. Let me introduce you to the newest Happy Pig residents in slideshows:
First up, the layers.
There are 18 in total. I wasn’t able to get photos of all the ISA browns, barred rocks, and Rhode Island reds. They look ok, skinny but, not ill. Their feathers are clean and eyes are bright. The barring on the barred rocks is pretty, don’t you think? I think the skinniness is giving the BRs a rooster look, I hope that isn’t the case, as we need more roosters like we need a pig. One of the RIRs is clearly a rooster, but he’s calm. The hens are a month or two from laying, provided the spotty starvation did not set them back in development and they appear to be loving the new digs and plentiful food.
The overgrown broilers.
They are about 3 months old. I can hardly believe they are even alive! They are amazingly agile for cornish cross, especially ones of such advanced age. A side effect of mild starvation, perhaps? There were 5, but one expired on rescue day (before it could be rescued). The remaining 4 are huge, but lightweight. It is unlikely that we will be able to put meat on the boilers or that we’d even want to given their previous living conditions. Are they any worse than factory meat? The jury is out. We are feeding them and they are foraging. We’ll talk about the next step as soon as the pig is sorted.
Last up, the chicks.
They are appropriately feathered for their 3 week age, but not nearly full enough. I found out today, the woman that had these animals was reluctant to let the chicks go, lucky for them she changed her mind. Their eyes are bright and they are energetic and eating, so they should be fine.
All the rescued birds are quarantined in or around the stationary hen house until I’m sure they’re not sick. The older rescued birds are on chick feed and the chicks are on a 24 percent protein starter. We are hoping the higher protein feeds will make up for the previous diet’s shortcomings. They do not appear to have mites, but I’ve also thrown around a lot of DE, just incase. The coop was dusted, the chickens and chicks dusted, and about 10% was mixed into their feed. They’re also getting apple cider vinegar in their water.
That’s all for now. Up next meet The Happy Pig’s very first pig.