This morning I was walking thru the gestation barn and came across this poor gal-
Now if this sow had not been in a gestation crate but in an open pen with other sows we may not of noticed that she wasn't feeling well - especially based on the fact that she left feed because the other sows in her pen would of gladly eaten her share that she left. So we gave a shot of Flu nix (anti-inflammatory) and some penicillin.
When we check on her a little later she was up and eating!
Now two things would occur to me if I were that sow in a gestation crate -
1. My feed is still here and now I can eat it all!
b) I am glad to have my space when I am not feeling well - I can lay down and the other sows aren't bugging me, laying on me or nosing me!
Just sayin' that's what I would be thinkin'!
Now I know you are waiting for the Bad And The Ugly - but there aren't any just ask that sow who is now on her way to feeling better!