can pigs & chickens live together in harmony?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bj taylor, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,131
    37
    168
    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    i would love to raise a couple of pigs. i'm wondering if they ignore chickens or tend to be aggressive toward them. my chickies come first at this stage of the game. they would have about an acre to share.
     
  2. I would not advise it pigs like to eat chickens. And once they taste blood watch out.
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    5,233
    2,230
    406
    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Pigs are quite destructive, they root, tearing up building and fencing, and they really have a strong smelling manure, and they are omnivores, they eat almost anything.

    MrsK
     
  4. ChaoticCritters

    ChaoticCritters Out Of The Brooder

    40
    4
    24
    Mar 14, 2012
    My pigs and chickens get along just fine. The pigs are in a VERY secure pen, the chickens free-range and at any given time there's usually a chicken or two in the pigpen. I used a metal rail gate for the pigpen, so the chickens just slip in-between the rails.

    The pigs have a creep-feeder, so they aren't ever *hungry* and have no desire to chase down the chickens and eat them. They rather enjoy a chicken walk on their itchy backs.
     
    Minnimoo and Phoenixxx like this.
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    23,525
    1,452
    476
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    x2. Once a hog gets the taste of chicken blood, games over. I've had it happen.
     
    Minnimoo likes this.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    71,917
    40,776
    1,376
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    X 3
     
    Minnimoo likes this.
  7. LestersFlat

    LestersFlat Chillin' With My Peeps

    125
    3
    104
    May 17, 2011
    Schuyler Lake NY
    Like Chaotic said, I had 2 pigs in a secure fence, and my chickens are free range. Although none of my chickens was inspired to jump the fence and join the pigs, my pigs never seemed to mind the chickens pecking around outside their fence. But you will need a good-sized pen in which to house your pigs so that they will be healthy and happy and not looking at the chickens as play or dinner! I agree with backyard chickens, but I think backyard pigs can be a real challenge.
     
  8. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    1,395
    157
    206
    Mar 20, 2012
    Pigs and chickens also are both susceptible to avian tuberculosis, so it is not recommended.
     
    Minnimoo likes this.
  9. sslr2012

    sslr2012 Out Of The Brooder

    14
    1
    24
    Oct 20, 2014
    Missouri
    I have 2 potbelly/mini mixes on a 1/2 acre of land, they share it with 25 free range chickens, other than the Chickens preferring sow and piglet feed to layer pellets, I haven't had one problem. Feeder pigs might be a different story..
     
    Minnimoo likes this.
  10. Minnimoo

    Minnimoo Out Of The Brooder

    4
    15
    28
    Feb 22, 2018
    Lugo province, Galicia
    I was hoping that my chooks would be able to share the pig field (about 1000m2), but maybe ill just let them in in the winter after the pigs have gone for slaughter to scratch up manure and clear bugs?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by