Our little piggies are no longer little or cute. They have become eating machines that are always hungry. When I step into their pen at feeding time, I think of the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ movie and the big, bad plant saying ‘feed me, Seymour’!
They start grunting and squealing as soon as I turn the corner and they see me.
They just can’t contain their excitement!
The pink boy was very unhappy that the girl was standing on him – I would be too!
I love their noses and I still think they are cute, but going in the pen when they are so excited and hungry is a little scary…notice him trying to eat the metal pipe!
Now, don’t let them fool you – they have gone from this to…
this in 5 weeks. They are getting plenty of food!
Their favorite snack/treat is stale tortilla chips.
Standing on the gate isn’t so bad, it is in the next month or so when they start picking the gate up that gets a little interesting!
is what I came home with!
I have the reputation for coming home with various animals from the auction – luckily this was a planned purchase. I heard there was going to be a bunch of weaner pigs at the auction yesterday and I went to see what kind of deal we could get on them. As it turned out, there were 35 weaner pigs and the price was very reasonable. The plan was to get two, but I got caught up in the moment and bought three instead – auctions can do that to you 😉
We raised pigs a couple years ago and still have the pen set-up. Our property has several large concrete pads that are leftover from the chicken barns. They make a great foundation for a pig pen.
We used hog panels for the fencing and leftover roofing material to make a 3 sided shelter. I would love to give them access to the pasture, but pigs are very good at rooting around and can pick up field fencing and go under very well (been there, done that). An easy solution to this problem is to put a strand of electric at the bottom of the fence, but this pasture is too large. So, they are having fun rooting around in the leftover wood chips and eating veggies from the garden.
Their first order of business was digging this bed for the three of them to sleep in.
My first order of business was training them where to go to the bathroom. Pigs are very clean and prefer to go to the bathroom in one spot. Unfortunately, they chose a spot under the shelter and I would prefer they use this corner. So, I am moving their waste to this corner until they have it figured out. It makes cleaning the pen a snap. One shovel load out of the corner in the morning and night is all it takes.
I love the different colors. We have a red/white girl,
a black/white boy,
and my favorite – a pink boy with gray spots around his eyes.
Pigs are amazing animals – they are smart, cute, clean, and very efficient at turning food into meat.
For now we are enjoying the cuteness!