Do pigs and goats swim?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by robot rooster, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. robot rooster

    robot rooster Out Of The Brooder

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    I am getting some Chain link fence for mad cheap and I want to know if I can use this for my pigs as well as some nigerian pygmies. We have a pond I am was thinking about taking the fence right up to the pond and using it as a barrier.

    Do you think this is a good idea? I have never seen a goat or pig swim, but can they?
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2009
  2. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i wouldn't use the pond as a barrier if the pigs get in there wallowing they might get through somehow, i would fence around the pond, that would help keep any waterfowl you might have in and also safe, just a thought
     
  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    pigs can swim. there are studies done on piglets and their brain similarities to humans. one of the tests involves swimming.

    i don't know about big pigs, but the little ones sure could swim!
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    ooh yeah, pigs can swim! my PBP freaked us all out last summer!!..*and i swear this story is true!..[​IMG]..* he jumped in my pool! i had been trying to lure him in it...but he was like NOPE!....then i brought out the big guns....his treat baggie!...[​IMG] he walked around the edge a few times and dived in!....[​IMG] we were all shocked! i had been trying to get him to walk down the wide pool stairs...nope..he just jumped in!....and sunk to the bottom...and i was screaming trying to get to him...and by the time i got there he was doing the doggie paddle over to the treat bag!...he was fine....but yeah..they swim real well!..[​IMG]


    edited to add: i couldnt get him to jump in the pool again after that time....but i did put him on a float and give him treats and pushed him around the pool....yeah, i know, i'm sick like this...[​IMG]
     
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  5. ThornyRidge

    ThornyRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not a good idea. Goats really hate water.. Heck mine practically stampede to the barn if a quick unexpected summer sprinkle comes up. Also I am always leary about ponds for animals.. good way to spread disease as animals would want and probably drink out of it.. i.e. listeriosis and other internal parasite issues. Not sure how cold it would get there but thin ice would be a concern too in colder times.. I know of a small farm close to where I work had a pony fall through the ice of their pond in the winter and unfortunately they did not know this until it was too late and even ran a story on the news thinking someone stole him.. unfortunately that was not the case. I would fence off the pond if it was me.
     
  6. Haviris

    Haviris Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2007
    Goats generally don't like water and would probably not cross it to get out. I had a pen at one time that had a creek for one border. Now if there is something they want badly enough, they may give it a try,
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    I've not had enough experience w/ pigs swimming, but I've seen them swim on TV.

    Are you getting Pygmies or Nigerian Dwarfs?
     
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  7. robot rooster

    robot rooster Out Of The Brooder

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    OOOO K. Scratch that Idea...


    Thanks for all the replies
     
  8. robot rooster

    robot rooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Nigerians, by the way
     
  9. Haviris

    Haviris Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2007
    I've heard that chain link wont hold pigs, they'll root the bottom out!

    And you'll love the nigis, they are really fun and entertaining goats!
     
  10. robot rooster

    robot rooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Just to let you know, as I am sure everyone is loosing sleep thinking this idiot is going to loose his pigs after 3 hours of having them, I decided to go with hog panels!
     

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