Once in a while pigs will wander outside the fenced area. A tree falls on the wires or something else makes the fencing non-obvious and a few may mosey out. Then they want to return home and find much to their consternation that their way is blocked by the fence. They’ll walk along the fence looking for a way in. If they can’t find it they’ll sleep along the outside of the fence until the dogs or I bring them back in.
The above funnel, or pig trap, utilizes this behavior of looking along the fence for a way in. Pigs inside the fence don’t go out but pigs outside will come in. Note that there is hot wire which isn’t visible in the photo. The hot wire is near the ground on the inside of the fence where I am standing to take the photo. This keeps pigs from inside from exploring out through the narrow end of the funnel should they happen upon it.
Another pig trap I made in a different place was a one way door. Pigs could push it open to go through into an area but couldn’t open it to go back. That also worked very well. By setting the posts of the door to a specific width this is a good way of automatically sorting larger pigs from smaller pigs out in the field. It works best if one sets the door completely open for a while and feeds the little pigs within the creep area.
Pig traps extremely effective. There are much fancier versions – mine’s rather simplistic. They work. If the government really wanted to get rid of the feral pigs they would make it open season on them year round and offer a bounty on ears. This sort of policy has been very effective at killing off species and people’s that the government wanted to get rid of in the past. The fact that they do not do this says they’re not serious about getting rid of the feral pigs and it is not a big problem.
We’ve had a lot of rain this summer, more than usual. It has flooded our gardens but interestingly today I discovered some volunteer tomatoes, ones that had gone wild, which were doing most excellently up on the hill by the driveway. I suspect they liked the slope which stayed a bit drier this year. They are in among the granite stone pile which probably helped them compete with the grasses.
Outdoors: 63°F/55°F Sun & Rain 5″
Farm House: 73°F/70°F
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/63°F