....home again, home again, jiggety jig! And believe me you want to get home fast! No dilly dally-ing! When those pigs are put in the crate, you get home lickety split! The last thing you want to smell in close proximity is piggy poo!
We brought home these sweet little piggies....
The kids picked out the ones they wanted....and we headed home.
The pigs have an indoor run and an outdoor run.....
Their home is sparkling clean (for all of five minutes! :) We added some straw for coziness and warmth. (sorry, forgot to take pic of the straw)We probably put about a foot of straw down.
We keep their water outside so that they don't spill all over their bedding and spoil it.
Their food is kept indoors so that it stays dry in case it rains.
For their welcome home dinner we fed them apple slices, warm whole milk, buttermilk, bananas, green beans, an egg and mashed potatoes. They went hog wild over it! Quite contrary to popular belief though pigs don't eat everything! Last year our pig turned her nose up at squash, green peppers, corn on the cob and a few other veggies she wasn't wild about.
We close their door to the outside at night to keep in the warmth and keep out predators while they are little. When they are bigger the door gets left open. At that point anything that dares enter their pen is actually the one in danger!
We use hog panels around their outdoor pen to keep them in. They can be very mischievous little critters and it's for their own safety. We also put them on the north side of the barn where it is considerably shady. Pigs need shade! They also need their mud to keep cool during the summer heat.
When they get a little bigger we will try them out on pasture. I have visions of grandeur of an expanded garden space and they will till it and fertilize it beautifully all summer long! For know though we will keep them here till they get used to their new home, us, and their surroundings.