I've thought about raising some pigs also, but have been told that their waste is horrible. For those of you raising pigs, do they tend to leave their waste in a certain area so that you can remove it or are they more like fowl who go where ever with little reguard. I have heard it goes both ways, but understand that pigs are intelligent and cleaner than most people believe. Also, what about their enclosures - do they escape often? Problems with raccoons, foxes or coyotes?
pigs are generally very CLEAN animals and defecate in a communal area away from where they sleep and eat. They being said...large hog farms are where you probably get that awful smell. These are super duper concentrated feeding operations. Having worked for the USDA---I can say I've seen them first hand!
I want piggies too...it's on our list. I got bees this year though, so it might be another year or two before we are up and running with hogs.
Pigs use one area for a bathroom, for the most part. We don't do any poop removal, since they usually have enough space and aren't there very long. They also like to make a mud wallow for when it's hot. We run the sprinkler for them too.
Here's a link to a pic of our pig pen - http://seventreesfarm.files.wordpres...12/07/bbq2.jpg
When the piggies get bigger we'll expand it a little.
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JBailey...I've heard that the pigs will literally till the area you pen them into...yes? We have a gorgeous field,planted to native warm season grasses that I would hate to sacrifice for pigs rooting.
i haven't killed anything or anyone in a while (joke), but i remember when i was a child, and this is a story i've told on this forum many years ago, i remember when i was a child and my dad and some other people from the village slaughtered a bull. i watched as they did this, and i had the privalege of eating the testicles. they gave me the testicles because this is a great honor, so the child should eat them.
hunting is in my future, for sure.