Raising Backyard Pigs: Or, as it is, Pig.

Posted on May 15th, 2012 by Tonia 3 Comments

We left off the pig saga last time with the sudden and unexplainable death of one of the hogs.

It was sad and weird and we felt guilty like we had done something to cause it, even though the farmer we got her from assured us that this sometimes happens and it wasn’t our fault. And mostly we were worried how our one remaining hog would adjust to the single life. Pigs are very social.

Well, we’re happy to report that she has been doing great! She gets a lot of attention from us. And from the dogs, who {as I mentioned before} think her poo is a tasty delicacy and spend much of their time hanging around her pen, waiting. She likes the company, so she gives them what they want. Which encourages them to stick around for more. It’s a very healthy co-dependent relationship.

Eeeeew.

Anyway, she is well and happy. We move her pen around the pasture every couple weeks so she has new grass to forage. She loves rooting up and munching on the gnarly quack-grass roots, and is kept happily busy with this task.

Her other favorite thing is a good spray-down with the garden hose on sunny afternoons. She wiggles around under the water stream and oinks with pleasure, and then promptly rolls in the mud.

3 Comments

  1. I missed the first episode when you got the pigs. That’s awesome. Hoping to one day have the land and space to have my own. What’s the one thing that you have learned so far that surprised you about caring for them?

  2. Tonia says:

    Mike- Hmm, I’d say I was most surprised by how friendly/tame our pig is. I didn’t expect her to like our company so much. She loves to be scratched all over and starts running around excitedly when we come to visit her.

  3. Naomi says:

    Youre so ” sad” the pig you bought dropped dead but you dont take responsibility. You participated in the whole industry and process of
    buying a grower pig which are bred to EAT UNHEALTHY AMOUNTS and gaining TOXIC amounts of weight per day which often taxes their hearts so much that they go into cardiac infarction ( arrest ) and die. So why are you sad ? You are part of the process causing her death.

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