One of the first questions people ask is, “Can humans get parvo?” Let’s delve into the scary world of parvo to get the answers to this and many of your other questions.
We’ve only experienced parvo once on the farm and that was enough to last a lifetime. We had taken in a dog belonging to a relative. She had been kept in poor conditions and, unknown to us, was carrying parvo.
Fortunately, the dogs we had were healthy and able to survive but it was touch and go. Parvo is a heartbreaking disease and has many strains among living creatures, even humans.
A few years ago, my husband who has lived a pretty healthy life, was starting to have some joint and muscle pain. He does plenty of exercising and we eat a non-GMO, no processed food diet. We have a mind, body, spirit approach to health and well-being.
We’re pretty in tune with our bodies and listen to them as best we can. He had started to have a bit of diarrhea now and again, was wanting to sleep longer, feeling tired after sleeping, waking often during sleep, and I noticed he was grinding his teeth during the night.
We were talking about his health issues one day and he said, “Something is not right with my body.” It had been a slow onset of symptoms taking a couple of years for them to make it noticeable there was a problem.
There was nothing we could put our finger on as initiating the symptoms. I told him he wasn’t getting any younger and maybe his age was starting to catch up with him.
As someone who tries to follow what most people would call a gut feeling (he would call it the subconscious wisdom of his mind), he would not take my first advice and said, “No it’s not age, but it will come to me here shortly.”
A day later he came into the living room and announced, “It just came to me! I know what’s wrong with my body. I have parasites.”
One of my earliest childhood memories is of slopping the pigs with Papa. He made everything fun and loved teaching us about caring for the land and animals. The smoke house is gone now but for years after he passed the smell of smoking meat wafted from the walls and ground of the smokehouse.
We recently talked about the best heritage breeds of pigs for your homestead. Now, let’s look at raising the breed you’ve chosen. Heritage breeds of pigs don’t require special housing or constant watching over. We’ve found they require less time and attention than any other livestock we’ve had.
Basic Needs and Protection
If they are provided pasture and forest for rooting and grazing, a place to drink, a place to make their wallows, and basic shelter for sleep, they pretty much fend for themselves. Pigs are pretty defenseless so we have to ensure their protection from predators but this is true of any livestock.
Because pigs are freedom-loving creatures, they need strong boundaries. They don’t know about property lines or trespassing laws. They root and eat on the go so without a strong fence, even having them on a large piece of land won’t ensure they stay off the neighbors’ land.
I can’t tell you what breeds of pigs my grandfather raised, it wasn’t something I even thought of until we decided we wanted to raise them ourselves. Sadly, he was no longer in this world for me to talk to about it. Some of my earliest memories are of him teaching me to slop the hogs.
When it comes to animals on the homestead, choosing the right breed to succeed is crucial. Choosing the best breeds of pigs for the homestead offers challenges all its own. Who knew there were so many choices?
When you choose the best breeds of pigs for your goals and resources, you’re on your way to a productive, easier to handle, and more hardy herd. As you probably know, we choose to raise heritage breeds of livestock and poultry. This is good for them and for us.
Caring for your mail order chicks is very different from setting your own hens, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. We’ll show you everything you need to know and have ready for them so that you’ll have a successful brooding experience.
I once read, “It’s important to distinguish between the ideal and the good enough reality of doing things.” The ideal way usually involves more money than most of us want to spend. You decide what the reality of “good enough” is for you and your chicks. As my grandfather would say, “There’s as many ways of gettin’ a farm job done as there’s farmers….”
Before your chicks arrive, there are some basic things you need to have ready and waiting.