I had a similar experience a few years back with a Burgess feeder system (gravity feeder and hayrack all in one), whereby my then 8 month old pig wedged herself upside down in it, with her back twisted. She'd got in the top and tried to get out by burrowing down until she couldn't move. Her screams woke me up and my dad had to cut her out with wire cutters.
I'm wary about all hay racks unless there is no way for the pig to get into them.
Now I'm just a bit paranoid that they could get their heads caught in the c & c cage grids if they were trying hard enough to get hay from the rack. They're very small grid squares so I don't think they could. It's just amazing to me though what I've heard of pigs getting in to.
I grew up with hamsters and we learned QUICKLY that if they could squeeze their nose into it, chances were they could get their heads stuck.
Same with the ferrets.
Again with this, I'm sure it was just a really weird freak accident (and, I'll be honest, we'd been using that hay rack since we got Tweak and had never had any trouble with it prior), and my guess is that larger pigs wouldn't be affected, but there are safer alternatives, especially for baby pigs or smaller adults.
Hopefully, this post will help keep any other piggies from being injured or dying the way Tweak did.
- Supporter in '11
Luckily we were able to cut her out of the hay rack.
I've got some extra pet bowls that I'm starting to use as hay bowls in the larger cages.
- Knee Deep
I've thrown all of mine away, at one point I think I was using 4 oe 5 of them early in my pig career. I think I am lucky to have never had a problem.
Since I get hay so cheaply and I have such large herds living together, I toss all the hay on their cage bottom or on top of houses. They love it and eat more of it that way.