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by Diane
Thu May 19, 2011 10:33 pm
Forum: Pigs
Topic: Two beautiful girls free to loving new home
Replies: 3
Views: 2644

Happy to say that my lovely pigs have found a new home and are off in the morning to meet their new family!!!!
by Diane
Wed May 18, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: Pigs
Topic: Two beautiful girls free to loving new home
Replies: 3
Views: 2644

Thanks Wendy, I'd be really grateful for that...I wasn't too sure what to do really, I'm just desperate to find Betty and Lottie a good home. Thanks again.
by Diane
Wed May 18, 2011 8:52 am
Forum: Pigs
Topic: Two beautiful girls free to loving new home
Replies: 3
Views: 2644

Two beautiful girls free to loving new home

Please help...I have two lovely, friendly girls aged four years old. They're a Kune/Pot-Bellied cross and have lived with me since being 8 week old piglets. Sadly, due to having to relocate, I need to find them a new home together. I'd help with any transportation arrangements...just desperate for t...
by Diane
Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:36 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: bruised barley
Replies: 3
Views: 5508

When I first got my two pigs, they were being fed bruised barley as well as pig pellets. I'm sure they won't turn their noses up at :lol:
by Diane
Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Not pig related!
Replies: 4
Views: 3011

Don't know if you ever saw the TV programme "Jimmy's Farm"...but they did exactly what you are thinking of and successfully converted their caravan into a chicken house.
by Diane
Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:32 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Castrating Piglets
Replies: 18
Views: 19309

didn't know it was illegal but i'll take your word for it Darrell, Defra's "Code of Recommendation for the Welfare of Livestock - Pigs" , states that: "If castration is carried out after the seventh day of life it shall only be performed by a veterinary surgeon in accordance with the provisions of ...
by Diane
Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: housing?
Replies: 15
Views: 8795

Does any of you fields have a barn/field shelter that is waterproof and provides shelter from the elements?? Something like this would be just fine once padded with straw - pig arcs are quite an expense.
by Diane
Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Plums for pigs?
Replies: 2
Views: 4624

Thanks. Tried them with some this afternoon - needless to say, they took no time at all to disappear - know what you mean about the horrible crunching sound, though :D
by Diane
Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Plums for pigs?
Replies: 2
Views: 4624

Plums for pigs?

We have a plum tree that has produced loads of fruit this year - a lot has been blown off the tree and I wondered if you can give it to pigs, or whether the stone is a problem for them - thanks.
by Diane
Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 4551

Re: general discussion

A local farmer had suggested ringing them, but he didn't know if it was legal any more. It's not illegal but is something that isn't really recommended. Two DEFRA documents cite: "Nose ringing is used by some farmers to minimise paddock damage and promote grass survival. Although nose ringing can p...
by Diane
Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 4551

Surely ringing a pigs nose prevents them from exhibiting their natural behaviour - a pig explores and learns about it's environment through it's nose and rooting. It's a natural instinct.

Seems cruel to me - I'd look to fencing solutions instead...good luck
by Diane
Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Rooting
Replies: 5
Views: 9390

My two girls did exactly the same. It's just a natural instinct as far as I can tell - don't think that you can stop it. As I have sheep to think of too, I couldn't risk the fields being completely ploughed over as they're dependant on the grass. In the end, I had to fence off an area of one of the ...
by Diane
Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pigs rooting
Replies: 11
Views: 7831

It does and will get better for you - honest ! Thanks, I really hope so - the girls now have a new fenced off area approx 25x10 metres. They are slowly but surely munching their way through what grass is left and up rooting it all! I feel terribly guilty - after being used to such freedom and now b...
by Diane
Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pigs rooting
Replies: 11
Views: 7831

Pigs rooting

My two kunekune/Pot bellied crosses are about 6 months old now. They've had a few months of freedom, roaming with our 4 sheep in about a couple of acres of land. Unfortunately, they have started rooting really badly - there's still plenty of grass at the moment but if they continue, there won't be m...
by Diane
Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Well done!
Replies: 14
Views: 8274

It looks great - took me by surprise when I visited today. Definitely a more modern feel - great job :D