Her back right leg was bent and at just 6 weeks it looked liked this. (middle hog, back right leg)
But something as minor as a gimpy leg did not slow this little gilr in any way. She ran wild with her siblings, ate like you know...a pig...and grew as well as the rest of them. We watched her closely at first wondering if the off balance gait would cause her pain but it never seemed to.
She never went off her feed, she kept up all her social obligations, she flirted with the boar across the way when she came of age and she grew into one big fat beautiful sow (just look at that cute face) all of which allowed her to meet her destiny at the locker last week.
That leg even improved slightly and she was able to put more weight on it then in the early months. Normally we take our hogs to market at about 6-7 months (with an average hanging weight of about 200 pounds) but due to the slow growing pastures this summer because of the drought, we kept a few hogs longer than normal.
Gimpy was one of them so when we took her to market she was 10 months old. She weighed in at over 325 pounds with a hanging weight of 277 pounds. Not bad for a crippled ham. Not bad at all you hero hog you.