Backyard Pigs

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by texasgirl, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. texasgirl

    texasgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where is the backyard pigs forum? Aren't there enough pig lovers here for that?? [​IMG]
    Does anyone want to tackle making that site? I'd be glad to help I just don't know how to get started.

    BYChickens and BYCows are at the top of the list when you search them on Yahoo. Were so special [​IMG]
     
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  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    There was a time that I would have been interested in a backyard pigs forum. That is, until mine got out and chased my kids around the yard which prompted my dog to attack it in their defense. The pig went to the butcher the next day (at 230 pounds I might add.) Good luck with your website. Good luck with your pigs. Please be careful and safe around them. They are great for many people- just not THIS person.
     
  3. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just talking to some friends of mine about going in on a few pigs together. I have lots of space for them to "clean" up. I am just worried of them becoming pets and me not being able to butcher them!

    I grew up on a pig farm...so I do know some knowledge of them.
     
  4. texasgirl

    texasgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Get one or two (maybe potbellies) that are pets, then you wont get so attached to the others. That's what I've done...we have a few that will probably be with us until they die, it makes it easier to see the rest go. We do our own butchering and maybe it's just me but when we shoot one, it's sort of sad, then it's like "well ,they're already dead, lets get to work." I can be a little cold-hearted at times though.
     
  5. texasgirl

    texasgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I read about that, sorry you had a poor experience. They are cute but so strong and as always, they are animals. It can be really scary when they do something like that and then it turns in to a circus with the dogs involved.
    We raise the wild variety, most are as tame as any other pig but they can be more cantankerous and dangerous than domestic pigs so we are always cautious of them. Even the nice sows we have had for years can give you a nasty head-butt or bite if they want.
     
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  6. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Get one or two (maybe potbellies) that are pets, then you wont get so attached to the others. That's what I've done...we have a few that will probably be with us until they die, it makes it easier to see the rest go. We do our own butchering and maybe it's just me but when we shoot one, it's sort of sad, then it's like "well ,they're already dead, lets get to work." I can be a little cold-hearted at times though.

    Too funny. I don't know how many times the thought of shooting our pig after it got out and chased my kids crossed my mind. Every time it rushed me. Then the thought following it would be- That means I'll have to do all the work instead of the butcher! It helped me refrain until we could load it and take it to cut and wrap.
     
  7. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:We raise the wild variety, most are as tame as any other pig but they can be much more cantankerous and dangerous than domestic pigs so we are always cautious of them. Even the nice sows we have had for years can give you a nasty head-butt or bite if they want.

    This one was a yorkshire/hampshire cross. I wouldn't necessarily call it mean, just lonely and bored and once it got free it went on a rampage just because it could. Once my dog attacked it the pig really went wild.
     
  8. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    My chasing-pigs-down-the-street days are over. Next time I want a pig, it will go straight from the 4H auction to the butcher. [​IMG]
     
  9. chrissum

    chrissum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    rings in the ole nose will help w/the rooting up and under the fences.
     
  10. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mine always climbed the fences!!! And these weren't short fences, either.
     

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