Walter Jeffries wrote:From what little I can see the pigs look okay. That is what is called a dirt lot setup. You may be able to socialize the pigs not to eat your poultry but no guarantee. We keep about 400 pigs out on pasture rotationally grazing along with ducks, geese and chickens. It works fine here but ours were born into this system. Pigs are naturally omnivores. I would suggest having it setup so that the poultry can escape. Square pens as shown in the picture are just prime for pigs cornering and killing birds.
Walter Jeffries wrote:Very large is not necessarily very good. What is more important is rotational management so the animals can graze and then leave an area so it rests, regrows and parasite life cycles are broken. See this page and then follow the links about grazing and rotational management:
John Weiland wrote:Elle, It's not clear to me and maybe I missed it. Are you raising these for slaughter or just for their presence on the property? Do you have a good livestock vet in the area that you like? We just use the manure for the garden and otherwise they just live out their natural life here.
elle sagenev wrote:Any tips on making them more friendly?