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 Posted: Tue Jan 20th, 2009 11:32 pm
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Hey guys i am stocking my hogs in a trailer we have 11 in the trailer and have a partition in the middle for loading and unloading hogs to separate, we have a sow that weighs about 190lbs she is really awnry, every time we put new hogs in she throws them around and bites and growls at them, can anyone tell me if this is just a way of showing whos boss or what?  any suggestions on how many we should stock at one time to keep them from really getting angry the trailer is 18' long and really there is quite a bit of room for them right now, thanks guys for any information i have learned alot from this site and you guys are really awesome sharing your secrets with others

 

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When you mix hogs from different sounders they will fight, shove and push one another around for a few days. They usually calm down but every now and then you can get one with a real bad attitude.

I wouldn't keep too many for a long periods of time in a trailer. They need room to get away from each other.



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I do agree with you on not keeping them too long, were catching so many that we have to eat them and give them away, but i am saving a couple of sows to get processed, i would love some sausage out of these ones i have been feeding out i imaging it is gonna be delicious!



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I have kept several feral hogs in an attempt to fat n' em up for butchering at a later date. Thier conversion rate is very poor compared to a domestic hog. If you can get cheap or better yet, free feed it does make for an interesting project. It's also a good way to get rid of table scraps. They LOVE anything sweet.    



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If you can get your hands on soybeans, oh man. Talk about put some weight on! Well, domestic hogs, anyway. I use to take 5 gallon buckets, fill them half with beans, and half with water. 2 days later, the beans are overflowing the bucket, and time to feed. I kept 3 sets of buckets going all the time, like this.



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where would i get ahold of soybeans for a cheap price, chick where did you get yours, do they sell them at the feed store, let me know, thanks alot,

 

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They do sell it at the feed store, but it is like $18 a 50lb sack. I was getting mine from a guy who was getting all the torn sacks out of the port, where it was being loaded. I managed to get some a couple of weeks ago, for $11 a sack. These are 110 lb sacks.

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Thanks alot chick, if I could get a 110 lb sack for 11 that would be wonderful, because right now i am feeding them 14%Protein cattlemans creep feed and that seems to be doing the trick, i have got rid of two of them and the folks i sold them to said that was the best hog that they had ever ate, really tender and great taste, so i dont know, if i could get ahold of some that would be cool but if not i guess i will just stay with creep feed. 

 

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They feed companies make a pelletized Hog Feed. here in Texas, Lone Star feed company, calls their's Porky Pellets. Not sure what the others call their's. But it is a feed ration, made specifically for hogs. If you want to put weight on them fast, add a cup of Calf Manna, feed supplement. Of course, this is all for hogs in captivity.



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I recommend killing the big hogs right away for sausage and having the butcher mix pork fat from domestic hogs for the best sausage. keepin gthem causes stress and stress makes the meat gamey to me.



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Probably not a bad idea. Nutoy raised some pigs, he trapped, and butchered them, after several months, but I could not tell you how the meat tasted.  Something else, there is so much corn being fed out on our deer lease, that the feral hogs have enough fat for sausage, and it tastes good! If you shoot a sow that has been nursing a bunch of pigs, she will be lean.



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In general we castrate all the boars we catch and feed them for 90 days with corn , then butcher and make sausage out of  them. We use the fat that is on the hog to make sausage. The sows depending on the their size and condition , pregnant or not determines when we we will make sausage out of them. If it is January or February  and they are fat and not pregnant we slaughter for sausage and pork chops, no clean out or fattening done at all. Here in Louisiana they are usually in good shape due to the acorn mass and deer corn in the months of January through February.



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The best way to castrate hogs, takes 2 people. You need a sturdy crossbar of some type. Hold the 2 hind feet, pull the boar up, so the crossbar is across their belly right at their hind quarters. Then, push the feet down. This has a paralyzing affect on the hog, and the credentials are stareing you in the face. After castration, you can spray the purple medicine on them, but if there is a mud hole around, as soon as they are released, they will go straight to the mud hole and drop their rear end, into it.  Of course, this works best with hogs less than 75#. And yes, you do need to feed them for about 3 months to get all the hormones out of them, and let them heal. I have never seen a hog develop infection from this procedure, but I am sure it has happened.

As to the hogs in the trailer, as Nutoy said, hogs from different groups, will always fight until they figure out who is the bad boy (or girl), on the block. Even hogs from the same group will fight and push each other around, to maintain ranking. I would be hesitant to put much more than you have, for any amount of time, in that trailer.



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Hey guys, We built a holding pen on the river for the ones that we catch, will that actually draw hogs in or will it hurt us in the long run?  My first thought is that it would actually help draw hogs in.  What do you guys think?



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It will be an attractant, as far as smell. If they are noisy, they might even call some in, like live decoys when duck hunting. Put a camera on it.



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