Free pigs

free range pigs and hens This morning we let the piglets out. Since we got them a week or so ago we have kept them in a smaller area so they could get used to their new home.

pig ark and small run made out of pallets

pig starter home

pig starter home

in just a few days they dug up all the grass – they are all sitting in their feeding trough.

 

 

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.

James dismantling run

James dismantling run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And out they came….

venturing out

venturing out

Out

Out

James and Mal then built them a special feeding station

feeding station

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.

pigs and hens

pigs and hens

they don't seem too bothered by the electric fence - maybe their feathers insulate them?

they don’t seem too bothered by the electric fence – maybe their feathers insulate them?

I think the hens want to live with the pigs

I think the hens want to live with the pigs

 

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