Chickens and pigs

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jackiepope, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. jackiepope

    jackiepope Hatching

    Apr 6, 2011
    Can you put a chicken coop with layers beside a pig pen? We aren't sure whether the two species would get along or if there would be any problems with the hens not wanting to lay eggs. Does anyone have any ideas about this?

  2. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I don't see any way it would be a problem. On farms many people let their animals all free range together. I can't see how a pig would stop your chickens from laying. Mine get chased by my dog on a regular basis and still lay everyday.
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  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    As long as you know that pigs will eat chickens if they get the chance.

    I.e. you may lose any chickens that go 'over the fence', and you'd want it to be a *particularly* hogproof fence so's not to be chumming the pigs into breaking into the chicken yard.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. dma6473

    dma6473 Hatching

    Feb 28, 2011
    I think it depends on the pig. I have had a pig pull a baby goat under the boards on his pen. The same pig also killed and ate a turkey that landed in it's pen. I had a different pig who kind of free ranged and got along with all of the fowl. But it would eat any eggs it could find and get to.
  5. catchthewind

    catchthewind Songster

    Jan 27, 2011
    Vancouver Island
    Quote:Wow! Learn something new every day. I didn't know pigs would do things like that. [​IMG]

  6. The Driver

    The Driver In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2011
    The Lone Star State!
    Only enemy a pig has is Man and Alligators!
  7. Aji Dulce

    Aji Dulce Songster

    Jun 30, 2013
    Wake Forest NC
    Wow. Makes sense though as pigs are meat eaters. Pigs will eat mice and snakes.
  8. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter Songster

    Nov 4, 2009
    I've raised both for years.
    Most pigs are just fine with birds, never think to bother them and biddies sleep on their backs. It's cute.

    But some pigs are flat out carnivorous. They'll not just eat them, but some will actually stalk and pounce on birds. If you even think that you might have that sort of pig, send it to Camp Kenmore the moment you suspect. Not only will nothing change them, but that's always the same pig that wants to break feeders, get out of it's pen, fight it's pen-mates, etc. And they'll teach the others the same tricks. I've regretted it every time I've given a pig the benefit of the doubt.

    So I'd say yes, so long as you keep in mind that pigs are edible at every size, and short-term residents anyway (even if you're keeping one for breeding or as a pet, a troublesome pig isn't good for either of those things and there are plenty more pigs who are) so don't try to tough out any trouble.
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