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Before farmers had antibiotics, they had some crazy ways to protect their animals. Pigs would rub up against this thing and get oil on them to kill fleas and ticks.
- Fact 1: Hog oilers were used to protect farm pigs from insect-borne diseases before the advent of antibiotic drugs.
- Fact 2: Fleas and ticks are repelled and smothered by heavy oil, and mechanical oilers automated the process of applying the oil to animals.
- Fact 3: The first hog oiler was patented in 1902, but more than 150 designs followed over the next thirty years.
- Fact 4: Most hog oilers were melted down for their iron during WWII, making them rare and valuable to collectors.
- Fact 5: The ridges and spikes on a hog oiler are designed to appeal to a pig's natural scratching instinct, and often activated rolling oil applicators.