DEAR NEW FARM:
Concerning your recent question about raising
chickens around pigs, even raising them in close proximity
can be bad. If the pigs are inspected by a federal inspector
at slaughter you can get whole carcass condemnation because
of swollen glands caused by the pig contracting avian TB,
which is not harmful but at inspection it looks like regular
TB and is cause for condemning the whole pig. This visual
is the final word on this, because the real TB test takes
about six months to complete. So be careful about close housing
or following chickens on pasture with pigs.
Thanks for your letter. Here's another follow-up responses
we received to the question and answer we posted last month
about co-housing pasturing chickens with pigs and cattle:
“The problem with chickens in the barn is the mess
they make. They will scratch and mess in the feeders and
roost in hay feeders, which can get dirty with chicken manure.
I would suggest a separate house for them or a least a separate
place in the barn.
Green Haven Farm
us with comments, suggestions and questions.