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Most important pigs are hard to catch,make sure she is confined well.They like table scraps.They are very smart,I think smarter than dogs.f you plan on eating her don`t become to attached to her.If you go to your feed store they will be able to help you with her food.I don`t know if they are cold tolerent we always butchered in the fall
They are omnivores. I think they will gladly eat anything we will eat and lots of stuff beside.
They root. This means they dig with their nose. It won't take a single pig that long to root up a 50' by 100' yard.
If they get loose they like things like your neighbors expensive flowers.
They aren't particularly vicious but they can bite a lot harder than they look like they can.
In the summer they need some shade as they will sun burn.
Your 80 lb pig should be around 225 lb in 4 or 5 months.
You can't really drag a pig anywhere. There not much to grab a hold of, they are built close to the ground and they have 4 wheel drive. If you have to get them somewhere slap a 5 gallon pail over their head. They'll try to back out of it and you can back them where you want them.
thank you every one !!! she has a new DRY house to stay in and lots of pig starter and cracked corn I work at a store so she will have veggies and day old bread
every one says I can't name her ( LILy)) and I can't viset her becouse we are not going to make her another of my pets ;0(
We raised 2 pigs for the freezer, Pork Chop and Sparerib, and they never got any pig feed. We raised them on horse feed (sweet mix), soaked beet pulp, whole corn and kitchen scraps. Those hogs grew like you wouldn't believe! At just over a year old the 2 of them dressed out at a combined 548#. And the leanest meat you could ever hope for. Not even enough fat to render lard.
Doesn't sound like CajunKy got much in the way of bacon! And Doug, you should write humor. A bucket on the head and back them around! Who'd have thought!
I never thought I'd be able to slaughter a chicken either, but one mean Easter Egger Roo who attacked me one too may times and never shut up changed that. I am a nurse and knew how to use a scalpel for sharp debridement, so it wasn't too much of a leap. But roo skin is really tough! You have to just keep a calm head and a steady hand. The hens were harder psychologically, but I still am sure they have a better life ( and death) with us, free ranging and living like chickens were meant to live, and not in some cage the size of a piece of typing paper their whole lives, never feeling the sun on their backs,a breeze in their feathers, enjoying a dust bath or scratching for bugs.
jeaniejayne, the description of backing a hog around using a bucket reminded me of a similar description of hog propulsion but using a trash can found in the "All Creatures Great and Small" books. I think this story involved Tristan and an angry sow, but its been quite a while since I've re-read those books =)!
thank you for asking ;0) Lily will soon be pork chops ;0( she goes on monday for her one and only adventure too sad she is was so cute . Now shes a BIG girl and the men folk said its time !!! I say NOT she weighs around 200 lbs
That sounds like a pretty good weight. It is hard to disconnect from just one market animal, no matter if it is a hog or a steer. To me that it the hardest part of farming/homesteading. It is easier for me to disconnect and still really take good care of several market animals. I can't explain why.
Glad she came out well. I don't take pleasure in eating our animals but I don't feel guilty about it. I take good care of them while they are with me and give them a good life. After death they are "giving back" so to speak.