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Glorious mud?

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:21 pm
by Jane M
After and lovely mild autumn we're swimming in mud this week. I,ve had to confine the pigs from the large field they're used to now the earth is soggy (terrible diggers), to their smaller area, feel really sorry for them. Hows everyone else doing? into winter quarters?

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:03 am
by simon
Yes, very wet and the kunes are not that interested in the grass any more, preferring to bite chunks out of the haylage bales if they manage to get close enough.

I've just put some tamworth weaners out, and they refuse to leave the arc!

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:35 am
by wendy scu
mine are all out and fine still, eccept the old rescue pigs who are great big cross bred diggers so now confined to a barn abd rough bank.
had a coupl of visiting sows(or are they ploughs??) doing a bit of damage though and yes, we are in full winter mud :(

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:46 am
by Darrell
We had a very dry summer here,the ground was like concrete, so still plenty of grass.But the last few days we have had heavy rain so my rescue boars have started rooting,the two of them have managed to ruin their one acre paddock in three days!


Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:43 pm
by Di
We've still got plenty of grass and not very wet. Ground is sandy and drains well. Pigs not known to root so all OK there.



Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:54 pm
by Carol
I am on clay so it is very soggy!! My girls don't root very much but the boys have already started. It's worst where I throw their nuts so am now feeding them in their own bowls. This seems to be working at the moment as they haven't caused any more damage.

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:28 pm
by kaz g
Soaking in suffolk :( . Ground looking like the somme. KKs not daring to venture out!! They wait for me to make it across to them, looking from inside their house, I hasten to add, yelling at me if I am not quick enough!! :x


Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:33 am
by Jane M
Reasuring to know we're not suffering alone! With all the mud about and the pigs feet being mostly damp I was wondering if foot rot was a common problem? I know when sheep are on puddly ground they tend to have more problems with it.

Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:05 pm
by wendy scu
no, pigs don't suffer from it - one more good reason to keep pigs instead of sheep :D

Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:18 pm
by Polly
Not very wet here in north Shropshire and still a good covering of grass, but my pair do root during winter although so far haven't managed to totally destroy their paddock over two winters (about an acre and a half). The trenches make for quite an exciting harrowing/rolling session in spring! They are telling me they are hungry though, so I expect I will be off for their winter pignut rations soon ...

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:22 pm
by redgeorge
I'm in north shropshire too Polly and I never have any problems whatsoever the gorund stays the same all year round, no rooting, no mud, no problems at all, guess we are the lucky ones :wink:

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:04 am
by Darrell
The Colonel says 'ROOTING NO I DIDNT DO IT' what do you think? ... me0001.jpg

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:41 am
by bev
Darrell wrote:The Colonel says 'ROOTING NO I DIDNT DO IT' what do you think? ... me0001.jpg

Oh he beautiful :D

My 3 have dug up the whole of their paddock, its so bad I have had to put some paving slabs down to feed them on. Not sure whether to move them (they are in an electric fenced area) or not really, they will wreck all my fields if I keep moving them! This is my first winter with kunekune's and to be honest I could cry when I see the mess they have made, my sheep and donkeys and ponies don't make half the mess of 3 little pigs!

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:43 am
by wendy scu
/Oh! i think he's telling Porkies!
he is soooo beautiful Darrell

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:36 pm
by kaz g
The Colonel is gorgeous. :D What a brilliant picture. After digging up the field, The Colonel remembered he had left his keys in his shed after all. "Diggin, who me?..."