Looking for things to learn about backyard pigs before acquiring them?
- Pig raising basics including things to learn about backyard pigs
- Pig Pen Plans
- Pig care and management for raising pigs successfully
- Ways to enjoy raising your own pork.
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First of all, Pigs Are SMART
You Might Think Pigs Stink
Finally, peppermint removes the pig smell. Avon has a peppermint bubble bath and body wash that really works great. Again, what the pigs eat is a high determinant of what they will smell like.
Pigs Have a Very Unique Diet
Pigs Like to Destroy Property
But, even with the toys, great fencing is key.
Pig Pens Must Have Good Fencing
When you think it’s solid… Reinforce it.
A nice sturdy fence is the key to keeping them in:
- Cattle Panels
- Hog Panels
- Electric Fencing (On the inside of the cattle or hot panels).
- Solid Sides
Are just a few ways to keep pigs contained. They can still try to dig their way out, though. So, keep watch intently.
Pigs Need Shelter & Mud
On hot or cold days, pigs must be protected. Shelter can really help protect pigs from the elements. Plus, pigs don’t sweat so summertime care is extremely important or else pigs will overheat easily.
And they love mud baths in the summer time. Here are some more ways to keep pigs cool during summer. And in the wintertime, pigs need to be kept warm.
So, they burrow into bedding inside their shelter. Here are some more ways to keep pigs warm during winter. Even in the wintertime, pigs desire water. You must understand how important water is to every living humans all year long.
Pigs Must Have Access to Plenty of Water
Because Pigs Are Smart, You Can Train Them
You can also train them to go onto the trailer. This will help immensely for when you’re trying to load 300+ pound pigs onto the trailer.
Watch out for that Snout!
Pigs are FUN in General!
That is the fun part of raising pigs. Caring for them is playing with them. And they appreciate it greatly.
Don’t ever be too busy to play with the pigs!
And they are tasty, too
Pork is a delicious and healthy protein. It’s very versatile. From our pigs we get lots of meat:
Delicious! The main thing to learn about backyard pigs before you get them is that someday, they are going to die. And you might eat your pigs. Whether they are butchered for meat or they die of natural causes, they will die. Why not have a solid plan in place for slicing up the pork for your freezer?
So, before you even get your pigs, make a plan for them. Our pigs are solely here on our homestead to eventually feed us when they are physically ready. We also feed some other pigs out for family and friends. When all the pigs are ready, they are loaded onto the trailer and taken to our local locker plant. And in about two weeks, the meat is fresh and ready for pick up.
But, you might just want a pig for a pet. This is just fine and dandy. But, you still have to have a plan for your pet pig at the end of its life. Again, it’s one of the most important things to learn about backyard pigs.
Raising Backyard Pigs is an Interesting Process
So, I wanted to share with you 9 things to learn about backyard pigs before you get them. Why should you?
Because you’re acquiring living things. You have to keep your pigs safe, healthy, and fed. You must keep your pigs contained in some way.
And you must have fun with your pigs. Finally, you have to have a plan for your pig in the end. And with that said, I hope you have an understanding about things to learn about backyard pigs.
Are you interested in getting backyard pigs on your homestead?
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