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Pig pics please!

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:06 pm
by avons82

I'm hoping to get some rescue kunes soon... :D I'd love to see anyones pics of their pigs and their stys! :lol:

oh and also if anyone has any characterful names for their piggies please tell! 8)

Thanks! Amey

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:36 am
by jenhix
Hi Amey,

The pics below are of my two gilts when I first got them, they're a lot bigger now and the grass in the pics is no longer there thanks to a wet winter and me not separating off part of the pen to recover (something I'm now in the process of doing!)!! :lol:

I'll take a pic of their arc this afternoon as I know when I was first planning to get them I spent ages looking at different arcs etc online.

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Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:58 pm
by avons82
ahhh thanks for the lovely pics! :D You're two are adorable!

Where did you get them from? What are their names?

I bet they're much bigger now! :shock:

amey :P

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:22 pm
by jenhix
I got them from Ali and Mark Shinn in April last year. They're called Molly and Bo (took a while to think of names!). I'm hoping to breed from them towards the end of the year but I'm using the time leading up to then to prepare. I'm also hoping to go on one of Wendy's breeding courses between now and then so I know I'm 100% confident when we have the first litter.

You'll notice the lack of grass! As soon as winter set in, the pigs started turning over the soil to get to the stuff underneath, and where the ground is soft in other areas they've really gone to town, it almost looks like a meteor has landed there!! This aside, I love having them, they're really lovely pigs, ultra friendly and loads of character.

I got the Arc on ebay as the chap who made it lived relatively close but there are loads available online. I fill it full with plenty of hay but within about 10 minutes my pigs push it all to one side and cuddle up together.

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Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:56 pm
by avons82
awww Molly and Bo are adorable! And they look very happy!

How much land to they have?

Their arc is cool - will have to look on ebay once I'm ready to buy one!

Thanks so much! :D amey

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:10 pm
by jenhix
They've got about 1/4 - 1/3 of an acre, and I'm plucking up the courage to ask the farmer who we rent the land off for a bit more so when I divide what they have at the moment to let it recover they will still have plenty of space.

Where are hoping to keep yours if you get them?

Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:58 pm
by avons82
Wozers! I bet they're very happy! :D

We're moving house soon, to a property with an "allotment" type piece of land at the back of the main garden where the lady who used to own the house kept pigs many years ago (for the local butcher :cry: but mine will just be pets!!) so there's already two breeze block stys there - but I think these will need knocking down and arcs building.

I just need to figure out, once we get there how much land to section off for them and also have the two areas of land for when the grass needs to recover. I also want some chickens, which I understand can share the same wandering space.

It's all still a bit up in the air until we actually get the keys for the new place and decide what's going where.. but I'm excited already! :D

Good luck with your breeding! :lol:

amey :P

Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:50 pm
by HappyHippy
If your block sty's are in good condition I'd be tempted to keep one there as a house for them, just remove the outer wall/gate. It'll be a bit warmer and having a concreted area outside it might be handy for the very wet weather (when you might want to contain them a bit to save your grass)
but I'm very into my recycling :wink:
Karen x

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:05 pm
by ambriel
Here's my Hector, Hamish and Hagrid - all castrates and cute as you could imagine.

Home sweet home by Gary_Sutherland, on Flickr

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:02 pm
by avons82
awwwww lovely! :P

and thanks for the advice on the stys - if the pigs are to stay in that area I might think about keeping them and just renovating them a bit! :D

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:59 am
by jenhix
I was going to say the same. If you can make use of what's there you might as well!

Lovely pics of Hector, Hamish and Hagrid!!

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:21 pm
by HappyHippy
Here are some of mine !
The adults actually live in an old (and unused) oil tank. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it's really solid, dry and toasty in the winter. Just as well really, cos it's been -20C here over the winter and LOTS of snow ! The filler cap on the top acts as a useful vent/chimney too :wink: The one of the boar in the garden is just for fun ! He doesn't really sleep in the kids playhouse !
The green arc is one we've made - really easy if you've got DIY skills, but the main thing for them is to be dry and draft free - plenty of straw and they'll not go wrong.


Erm, doesn't look like that's worked :? I'll try again later :wink:
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