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Kunes and the Scottish climate

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:29 pm
by ambriel
Is anyone here keeping Kunes in the north of Scotland?

We live just south of Cape Wrath and it can be a bit parky here in winter.

We have about a quarter of an acre for them to roam and they'd have a well-build pig house but I wondered if they'd not like the climate?

We haven't got them yet - still looking for a breeder up here - but were intending to get a pair of Kunes for 'keeps' and a pair of other porkers for meat.

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:43 pm
by wendy scu
don't worry, they are very hardy little pigs :)

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:38 pm
by ambriel
Thanks, that's what others have said, too.

Posted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:14 pm
by alison stephen
we are up in Aberdeen and have had no problem with our climate, even through all the snow, just gave them more straw in their arc. Biggest problem was their water constantly freezing.

Posted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:40 pm
by ambriel
Thanks Alison,

Hopefully we won't get a winter like the last one very often.

Trying to source a couple of piggies now.

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:05 pm
by Stefan
Mine are fine, just add more straw. I even have a single sow (pretty large and over weight I must say) who sleeps on her own (out of choice) no matter how cold. I am near Thurso (Caithness) btw.

Don't worry about freezing water, they will eat snow... You only have to defrost the water if there is no snow for them to eat.

If you have access to a microwave get a snuggle pad and drop it into the bottom of their drinker, keeps it from freezing for many hours.

Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:57 pm
by ambriel
Thanks folks, our three little pigs arrived on Sunday and so far haven't appeared to have had any problems.

They've never lived outdoors before so are finding our half acre of garden quite an adventure.

We're clear of snow at the moment though so it'll be interesting to see how they react when we get the next snowfall.