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I've not had a large number of chickens sharing with the pigs, but a lot of my pig groups have a handful of chickens with them and they work it out. It's pretty common to see the chickens roosting on the pigs themselves. In that kind of scenario, I assume the pigs are going to be getting the eggs instead of me.

Keeping chickens with pigs is at least as good and probably better than following them.

I don't lock my chickens up - the dogs and pigs are both pretty good at keeping predators away.
3 years ago
If you decide to butcher them, it's probably some of the best meat you'll ever see. Might as well try to get a few litters out of them first though.
4 years ago
Spoiled is spoiled. Toss them in the compost pile. In the unlikely event that they eat them, you run the risk of them getting ill...but that mineral content will be great for your soil.
4 years ago
We often have chickens living with the pigs. It works out really well for both of them. I've had several that end up sleeping on top of the pigs at night as well.
4 years ago
Wild ossabaws wean at 8-12 weeks. As of this week one of our sows has self weaned her second litter at 12 weeks without losing condition noticeably.

I don't recommend it for all breeds, but it's an interesting data point.

Anyone else had success with this? I've heard horror stories and approached it very cautiously both times I've done this.
4 years ago

Amos Burkey wrote:I am expecting a couple of litters in August and I am utilizing rotational grazing with a two wire electric fence. I am looking for some information and ideas about how to work with the piglets. How do you configure your system to work with the piglets?

Do a physical barrier fence and use the wires inside that at first to train them - once they are trained, they'll be easily contained.

Weaner piglets are always more jittery - after a couple weeks they'll calm down and get used to you and they'll be easy to work with, but when they first arrive, they have no 'home base' so if they get out they just go for the nearest tree stand or dense cover. Once you have the herd trained to the fence, even if one escapes they are more likely to head back in than they are to travel very far.
4 years ago

Noel Deering wrote:Very informative, thank you. I hope to raise hogs someday, and this type of thing helps greatly. To be able to see exactly what to expect, and even the little things like, "Oh, on a pallet, great idea." Very helpful for a beginner like myself. Thanks

You mentioned oak savannah; where are you?

US midwest - we're in southern Iowa specifically. I have a lot to learn before I can restore landscape to that level, but I'm finally feeling like I'm on track to make real progress.

If you are interested in raising pigs and are on facebook, check out the group 'pastured pigs' - it's a group I started to educate and promote raising pigs this way. Lots of great information there.
4 years ago
They are very visual creatures, and also very space oriented. Your problem of them not crossing where the fence used to be even though it's gone is a common one. Give them a visual queue perpendicular to the old fence line that is new and different and that helps them register that it's ok to cross. Once one or two come through the rest are more willing to follow. If you notice in the video I was considering just waiting them out but I said 'that'll take forever' then I bent down the grass and got one of the smaller pigs to follow enough to cross the line which kicked off the rest of them.

We ended up with a few outside the perimeter of the new paddock - their herd instinct is strong enough that those managed to jump or go under the fence on their own to get with the others. Your results may vary, so don't rely on that

Part of it is also definitely training - the first few times they move are harder, but it gets easier. I've had groups of pigs bunch up in non-existant corners unwilling to cross an imaginary line before. I've also experimented with turning the fence off - my berkshires would go for a week with it off and still respect it, the ossabaws don't take nearly as long.
4 years ago
Two things.

First - this is a short video of how I prefer to move pigs between paddocks. It takes a bit of time to set up, but I mow a path, then set up a section of electronet on each side (not charged). The pigs then follow me (and a bucket of food) without wandering too far off course. Makes for simpler trouble free moves.

Second, I posted a video tour of the paddock they left in the permaculture section of these forums. I thought it was a better fit there since it wasn't about pigs per se, but I did think folks who just read from here might like to see it as well.

Hope you guys enjoy these!
4 years ago
Thanks - I'll remember that's the preferred method for posting a video next time.
4 years ago