any experience with runt pigs?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by hatchaholic, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    I just got two tamworth piggies Saturday. I've always heard you shouldn't buy the runt, but I just couldn't help myself. She was just so dang cute. But, she's half the size of her sister.

    We bought these pigs to use as breeders. I know buying the runt as a breeder wasn't the smartest thing. Actually, she may just end up being a pet, or maybe just used to breed occasional feeder pigs.

    Anyway, I'm just wondering if anybody out in BYC land has experiences with raising runts. I'd like to know what to expect. I've heard they can be less healthy and also that they don't grow to full size.

    Tell me your stories...

  2. herbsherbsflowers

    herbsherbsflowers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2008
    Covington, GA
    Wilbur turned out to be "some pig," but of course that was just in a book.
  3. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    I know nothing about runt pigs, but I have to tell you my daughter just finished reading Charlotte's Web. She loved that book and I have always loved that story! [​IMG]
  4. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2008
    Upstate South Carolina
    I have no advice, but have to say that they are so cute! [​IMG]

    Best wishes with them. [​IMG]
  5. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Charlotte's Web is the reason I have 5 pigs now. I had to wait about 30 years, but I FINALLY have my pigs.
  6. youdontknow32

    youdontknow32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    South Western PA
    I have had 3 runt pigs, I always pick the runt, they all turned out bigger then the rest of their brothers and sisters...[​IMG]...But maybe it's just me...ha.
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Sometimes they catch-up... sometimes. I'd never buy one. I'd take one if given it.

    My last runt made it until the DAY BEFORE he was to be shipped in for pork. I watched him die in his pen or a heart attack or stroke of some sort. I had invested all that feed into him, which I was never able to get a return on.

    I'm bitter and will never get runts again, unless give one. And if I'm given one, I'll eat the jerk at about 100# live weight so I don't get screwed again.
  8. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    When I was a kid the neighbors gave me a runt pig. I fed it scraps and whatever I could rustle up.
    She grew into a nice large sow.
    I sold her and bought myself a pony! [​IMG]
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member


    That's some bitterness there alright!
  10. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    I agree, I'd never buy one as a feeder pig. But, I've always wanted a pet pig so I figured she'd be as good as any.

    But I did read a couple of places where people said their runt pigs died just short of a year old because of heart issues. I guess we'll see what happens...

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