Backyard Pigs

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Time to get some more backyard pigs. My friend who we get our pigs from called me the other day and said the piglets were ready. Since we have been having nothing but rain the past month and we haven’t had a chance to get the barn built, I had to get our pen we built last year ready for the pigs. We can move them over to the barn when we we get it done.

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the area was a little overgrown

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So I went around and took the electric tape down

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and started weed wacking around the area

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I decided to let the pasture grow some more to give them some grazing when I finally release them in a couple weeks

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the pen itself was way overgrown

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so I weed wacked the pen

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and went and grabbed some straw for bedding

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that should keep them warm, I don’t want to deal with pneumonia like I did last year

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I mounted the gate and then remembered I had cut the border so the pigs didn’t have to step over it last year

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so I nailed down a 2×4 to keep them from going under the gate while they were small

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the pen is ready

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I grabbed the solar fence charger out of the pantry

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and wired it back up

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and set it on the porch to charge for the next several days

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so I called my friend yesterday to see if he was going to be around so I could swing by, he said he would. It was a strange day, the weather was very similar to when we took the animals to the processor last year, I’m not sure if that’s a good omen or not.

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I drove over to my friends house, he has a great set up, some day I should ask him to do a picture tour of his place, but I digress.

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Momma wasn’t sure about me

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the babies

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So my friend set her outside

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the other sow came over to see what was up, he breeds them both

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the boar really didn’t care either way

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we picked another male and female this year, the male has different coloring, my wife loves him

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I released them into the pen and they went around checking out their new digs

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they were a little skittish, but I was able to get them to eat some bread out of my hand this morning, now I just have to get them to give me their belly when I scratch their sides

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Our family relocated to Maine 17 Years ago to get to a simpler way of life after the birth of our daughter. We decided to document everything we do about six years ago so we could share our projects with people who are also looking to slow down a little. This site developed from that goal of sharing knowledge.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Great homepage, I find what you write very inspiring and interesting.

    I have two quick questions about the pig matter =).

    How much meat do you get from the pigs on average?

    And how cost effective is it when you compare to just buying that amount of meat?

    Anyways, keep up the good work and greetings from Sweden.

    • thank-you for the kind words, we got 160 lbs of meat from our male and 145 from the female, price wise it broke down to about 3.00 a pound, this year we will just smoke our own meat which will save us more