As you can see we made them a small run out of pallets. We also put in a strand of electric fencing along one side to get them used to the idea. It is now time for them to free range so we started to dismantle the run.
And out they came….
James and Mal then built them a special feeding station
We would like to raise our pigs mainly on pasture, but I don’t think we have enough land for this – although we would like to rent some more i the future. So at present they have land to root around in, hay, old vegetables we get from local shops, windfall apples etc and organic pig feed. When I start making cheese on a bigger scale we can give them the whey as well.
As you can see very quickly the chickens went in to meet the pigs. Apparently the hens help spread the dung and eat insects. We got the idea of having chickens with pigs from this wonderful website about the Jeffries family raising pigs, building an amazing house, butchery and abattoir and many other things at Sugar Mountain Farm. It is a very inspirational website and we would love to move towards keeping our pigs in a similar manner to the way they keep them on their farm – although they have a lot more space than we have and a lot more trees. As you can see we don’t have many trees although we are doing our best to plant some every year.