Pig in the Bathtub
I’m not fond of showering with a pig but sometimes they get to use the bathtub. This piglet was not doing well and came in the cottage to get warmed up. For a quick solution, sometimes the best place to put a small animal is in the bathtub with its steep sides and easy to clean surface.
Pigs in ICU
A better solution is the Intensive Care Unit, the ICU. This is simply a poly barrel cut down to size with a feeder and waterer added. Being plastic it is light weight and easy to clean out and store away between infrequent uses.
The black piglet in the photo is drinking from a rubber nipple attached to a bottle full of colostrum on the outside of the barrel. The cup below the nipple catches any drips keeping the bedding dry while also teaching the piglets to drink from a dish.
Once they learn to eat from a dish they are easier to feed. The small pail on the left has a hole cut in the side for them to stick their heads in. This arrangement makes for less spillage and keeps them from climbing into the dish.
The jars are full of water which started at 107°F to help warm the piglets. That’s the upper range of temperature for them. Pigs are 103°F. A blanket over the top keeps them warm so a heating pad isn’t needed beyond the bottles. Plastic milk jugs work well too for hot water bottles.
Outdoors: 4°F/-11°F Very Windy
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/58°F
Daily Spark: Weather forecasts are not very accurate. Simply looking at the sky and saying tomorrow will probably be the same as today with a chance of being different is more reliable.