Server Woes

Due to the web server crashing and burning, and then repeating the crash and burn, this site has been down for most of the last week. Blog posts and comments back to February 17th were lost. I’m working on getting things restored from backup. Your patience is appreciated. Everything should be smoothed out within a week.

This also means that our email has been missing in action. So if you tried to write during the last week and didn’t get a response, resend now and it should get through.

Meanwhile, back on the ranch, we’ve had an even dozen litters of new piglets and there are about 15 to 20 more sows who will farrow soon. Piglets are popping out all over the place. The sap is rising. The sun is warming the land. Maybe in a month we will be mostly free of snow.

Tomorrow is Leap Day so get something extra done!



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14 Responses to Server Woes

  1. Susan Lea says:

    Glad to find your website back up. I hope you get everything straightened out.

  2. Susan Lea says:

    P.S. A post apparently titled “Releasing Piglet” seems to have disappeared–or at least, I can’t find it. Maybe it got lost in the crash?

  3. Yes, Walter you were missed. My husband would tell me every day there was something wrong up your way like he wanted me to just drive from Illinois to Maine to check on you.

    He’s right…I should have.

  4. George says:

    Do you maintain your own server?

  5. Jeremy aka "Copperhead" says:

    Hey, Glad your back online. I was starting to worry!

    Here in West Virginia, we celebrated Leap Day by driving 50 miles to buy some Boer-Cross goats to help manage a very brushy cow pasture :D

  6. Brandy says:

    I want to first thank you for your blog here. I have learned SO much about raising pigs….I did have a question for you when you get time. Do you ever put your gilts or sows in a farrowing crate or do you allow them to birth (even the gilts) on their own? Do you ever cut the needle teeth on your piglets?
    And lastly, have you ever experienced the death of a pig where she/he stopped eating, then had a fever and died 12-16 hours later? We had a recently bred gilt go off her feed and died 12 hours later, but are trying to figure out what might have happened.
    Thanks so much for taking time to read this, and for any insight you might have.

    • We never use farrowing or gestation crates. See this comment and answer which I just did to someone else which leads to many other posts on farrowing and such.

      We don’t cut needle teeth – it isn’t necessary. See Piglet Interventions.

      It could be that the pig, if pregnant, had a complication of birthing. We have seen that once. A systemic blood infection could also cause what you described. Try using the Merck Veternarian Manual and the The Pig Site disease problem solver. You might be able to narrow it down with those tools. If you figure it out, let me know with a follow up post here.

  7. June Gaucher says:

    Hi Walter, just want to take a minute to thank you for your willingness to share your time and advice. We just had our first littler of piglets. Mama (large black/tamworth gilt) was on her own having them, as she gave us no sign of farrowing. She had 5, of which 4 have survived. We are here in Maine and the days and nights have been cold. Again, thank you for the many times you have replied to our questions and encouraged us in our pig raising.
    June and Ken in Maine

  8. Brandy says:

    What great sites-thank you for directing me to them! I think we either had a case of flu or pneumonia. Her death was so fast-healthy and eating to dead in 12 hours, that those seem to be the only two options. Either way, we plan to bleach everything that she came in contact with, then rotate to an entirely different area for the upcoming pigs. Thanks again for all the wonderful information that you have so graciously shared with the rest of the pig lovers out there!

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