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by ambriel
Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Pigs
Topic: Three little pigs in Scotland looking for a home...
Replies: 0
Views: 896

Three little pigs in Scotland looking for a home...

Due to a change in circumstances I am tentatively looking for a new home for my three pedigree kunekune pigs. All three are from the same litter, born 29 October 2010, and are castrated males: Hamish, Hagrid, and Hector. As you'd expect they're full of character, not over-weight, and completely used...
by ambriel
Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding pigs Veg peelings
Replies: 13
Views: 16001

Re: Feeding pigs Veg peelings

Like the others, our boys love bananas, apples and carrots. They've occasionally had raw potatoes but only a few and very occasionally. Not noticed any side effects. They won't touch onions or leaks though, and don't seem particularly keen on cabbages/lettuce/etc, which isn't a bad thing as the hens...
by ambriel
Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Substitue for grass in winter.
Replies: 5
Views: 2960

Re: Substitue for grass in winter.

Ours is the same - horrible, clinging mud. I've given the boys free range to the whole garden so they've got a bit of dry ground. They do like sleeping on top of the hay box I build - this is just a cage made of stock fencing fixed to an old pallet to keep it off the ground, and filled with loose ha...
by ambriel
Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Biting Pigs
Replies: 10
Views: 6056

Re: Biting Pigs

Absolutely right, and the precise reason we ate our cockerel fordinner a few weeks back - he was just too dangerous to risk him hurting either one of our own children or one of their friends.
by ambriel
Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ark requirements and fox problems
Replies: 2
Views: 1205

Re: Ark requirements and fox problems

We got our three Kunes at 11 weeks and there's never been a fox problem. In fact they seem to actively discourage foxes from visiting the garden - presumably it's the scent - and so our hens remain hassle-free too despite us knowing foxes use our driveway as a shortcut to/from the harbour. As to hou...
by ambriel
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pigs and midges
Replies: 3
Views: 1292

I haven't noticed them giving ours any trouble. Presumably the thick hairy coat protects them.
by ambriel
Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:32 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: People "Giving away Piglets"
Replies: 7
Views: 4460

Totally agree about giving piglets away not being necessarily a good thing, and might encourage the less-dedicated. We don't breed from our pigs but in the past we have had several litters of kittens, and I've always made a token charge (~?20) for each one which then went to the local cats rescue pe...
by ambriel
Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mangalitza as companion for my kunekune
Replies: 10
Views: 3322

Loch Eriboll.
by ambriel
Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: bedding change?
Replies: 1
Views: 1171

I tend to do it when it looks like it needs doing, generally. If the weather's been wet then it needs changing more often than if it's been dry and sunny, like lately. Even if it's been dry I'll still rake it out and dump any bits that look below par. Like yours, ours are very clean and never soil t...
by ambriel
Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mangalitza as companion for my kunekune
Replies: 10
Views: 3322

I know someone on the north coast who might have a surplus Kune.

Would that be too far?
by ambriel
Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: walking piggies... any advice / info / experience?
Replies: 3
Views: 1678

I'd be half minded to walk ours, too, but you can't (yet) get a walking license in Scotland.

I'd have thought a harness was the way to go, rather than just a collar and lead.
by ambriel
Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: best bedding...
Replies: 8
Views: 2984

We use hay for ours. It's softer than straw plus they can eat it if they feel peckish in the night.
by ambriel
Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: 'Disposal' of dead piglet?
Replies: 8
Views: 3958

I recently had our three vaccinated. They need their second one in a couple of weeks.

The vet didn't think it was really necessary round here as there aren't many pigs but as I was likely to be visiting other herds I thought it wise, in case I brought it back with me.
by ambriel
Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 'Little' pigs?
Replies: 3
Views: 1910

I've no idea but they do look very cute, don't they? :)
by ambriel
Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winning kunekune at first Scottish Show
Replies: 3
Views: 1528

Great pic and a great pig!

Good to see a youngster having a go, too.