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waterboy

  • Joined May 2010
Pigs and nettles
« on: June 15, 2011, 04:52:38 pm »
Hi all,

 This may be a stupid question and i know pigs have thick skins but can they be stung by nettles? I noticed that Manda (the sow not the wife) had what looked like a rash or lots of small spots on her belly but as i started to panic i had a thought, 10 days ago i opened up a separate section of rough ground attached to her pen that had weeds and nettles so thick that you'd need a machete to get through! Now of course its been reduced to the few sour tasting weeds that the pigs always leave till last, i was wondering if this rash could be caused by the nettles and thistles.
The other 2 pigs are much darker in colour and i couldn't see much in the way of spots or a rash on them.

Thanks Rob
Rob & Manda :)

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Pigs and nettles
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2011, 04:54:28 pm »
Not stupid at all, yes they can be stung by nettles, especially when they are wee.  Have a look for other posts - it has been discussed before.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cow, beef cattle, pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Hilarysmum

  • Joined Oct 2007
Re: Pigs and nettles
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2011, 08:08:39 am »
If its a severe rash apply a good rubbing of E45 cream (my all time favourite and it works) or you could always apply liberal tummy rubs with dock leaves.

cuckoo

  • Joined Jan 2011
Re: Pigs and nettles
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2011, 11:34:24 pm »
Hi,

Our pigs love to eat nettles! We have lots on our holding and every so often "tidy" them upby pulling them out and feeding them to the pigs.


Sylvia

  • Joined Aug 2009
Re: Pigs and nettles
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011, 09:00:53 am »
I pull up nettles and hang them upside down in an airy shed to dry. All my animals and the poultry enjoy them crumbled up in their feed during the winter.

 

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