Cows and Cattle
Goats and Sheep
Zoology or Animal Biology
Swine Flu (H1N1/09)
Conditions and Diseases
Animal Gestation and Incubation
Care of Horses
Cold and Flu
Chickens and Roosters
Over the centuries, man has found almost limitless uses for these farm creatures. Questions here should focus on all things that 'oink.'
Asked in Pigs
What is a teacup pig?
There is no such thing as a teacup pig; it was a scam that went way overboard in England, and when everyone there started to find out the truth, the scam moved to the US. Even (but of course not limited to) Animal Planet stated in their Pets 101 Pigs episode that there are NO SUCH THING AS A TEACUP PIG. There are no such things as micro minis or tea cup pigs. That's not to say there arent gentically small...
Asked in Miscellaneous, Pigs
What is the diminutive of sow?
there is no true diminutive for sow, hog, etc, as these terms are used for adult animals. i.e. those capable of reproduction. The name for a non-mature pig is piglet, so one could have a sow piglet. btw the diminutive for a fountain pen is inkling. It may well be that is only for humans that we have gendered names for the juveniles. girl/boy, lass/lad ...
What is swine language?
The answer is difficult to provide as the question is unclear. Could you mean, "What is sign language?", which is the language the hearing impaired use with their hands to communicate without sound? Or "What is wine language?", the terms used by oenophiles to describe the properties of the wine such as the "bouquet," the "legs," the "oakiness," etc. On the lighter side for "What is swine language?", two answers come to mind: Pig Latin (Oo-day oo-yay eak-spay ig-pay atin-lay?) The language used in famous...
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Pigs
Can humans eat pig nuts?
Yes, depending on the kind of pig nut you are asking about. A pig nut is the small edible, sweet tasting white tuber of wild plant called Conopodium majus. There is also a range of cereal based pig food, called pig nuts manufactured specifically to feed pigs, whilst these will not kill you, they are not nice to eat. ...
Asked in Animal Life, Pigs
How does digestibility affect feed conversion ratio in swine?
The digestibility of a feed depends on how much undigestible material there is present in it (fibre/cellulose). For example, straw is a lot less digestible than barley grain, although they contain exactly the same ammount of carbohydrates. So, if a feed is really hard for the animal to digest, this will affect how much ME (metabolisable energy) it gets out of it, so the feed conversion ratio will be higher with a more digestible feed, and lower with a feed of lower...
Asked in Pigs
Do domestic pigs grow tusks?
Yes, they do and some need to be trimmed as they get too long. Most pig management practices have the needle teeth (what you call tusks) clipped out at 1 day old. This prevents the piglets from cutting each other when they are fighting, and from cutting up the sow when feeding. ...
What do you need to own a pig?
You need to take care of a pig by giving it food and water. You need to wash it evrey once and a wile. You need to have a fair size pig pen. You need to walk a pig every evening after the sun has gone down. You must walk it after the sun has gone down or it will get a sun burn and may damage the skin. By the way you must feed it protein, carbohydrates , fats...
Asked in Pigs
What is the purpose of the sphincter in a pig?
The main purpose of the sphincter is to control or limit a passage way to one direction. There are two main sphincters in pigs, the cardiac sphincter that controls the passageway from the esophagus into the stomach. And the pyloric sphincter that controls the passageway into the duodenum. ...