These piglets are fenceless since birth.
Their mother was raised here since 8 weeks and they are vigorous foragers already at 8 days. The 2 AGH/KK sows and our full KuneKune boar have been rotated under mixed canopy for almost 2 years.
Our sister sow is very due now so we're expanding from 3 to >20 in a short period and winter rains are setting in. We'll start MIRGing the older litter with their momma in a few weeks to mitigate mud/compaction and get the piglets trained on portable fencing.
We're noticing quite a difference in the piglets instinctual browsing; some more, some less. Now at 2 weeks they are eating grass, blackberry, dandelion, etc.
We're still supplementing feed with sprouted barley, organic farm veg glean, and a few local restaurant scraps.
Are they in a larged fenced area so they just don't encounter fences, or is there truly not a fence at all?
Because if there's truly not a fence at all, how on earth are you not pissing off your neighbors.
Cait (whose family has spent the last 20-odd years removing feral pigs from their property and holy CRAP they do a lot of damage)
posted 2 years ago
Our spot doesnt likely serve as a model for most because of its seclusion. The "neighbors" are about 1/2 mile away. We also spent a bunch of time with the sisters as piglets with no fences, kept them well fed and have a diverse forage environment. Most everywhere around here is Doug fir monoculture so a mixed deciduous canopy with openings has more to offer. They really don't stray farther than their usual spots (1/4 mile radius). In summer when the garden is tasty, they're working thru the forest with electronetting. This time of year though, it's low risk and a free for all.