North Home Field Piglets

Piglets Galore

A piglet fix for those in need… These are out of the sow on the right. She has her nest up by the tree house at the top of the north home field.

Weaner and Grower Piglets

Also in the north home field is a cohort of weaner piglets with several grower piglets. The slightly older grower piglets are showing them the ropes. These are the piglets Remus has been training.

Outdoors: 76°F/58°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 70°F/66°F

Daily Spark: Peck on the cheek: If chickens had lips they would be better kissers.

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4 Responses to North Home Field Piglets

  1. karl says:

    Wlater, in your opinion, which is smarter dogs or pigs?

    • Our dogs are more intelligent than our pigs. If you look at the brains it is easy to see why, the dogs have much larger brains, especially relative to their body size. The dogs also think very differently than pigs. Pigs have a very self-oriented, me-first mentality. Dogs are predators with a pack mentality. This leads to the dogs thinking about “what are others thinking and feeling” which leads to deeper thoughts and behaviors about how to coordinate as a team. This leads to altruism, gift giving and other social behaviors that cement the pack against outside threats as well as making the pack as a group better able to handle situation than individuals. The result is that our dogs are smarter than our pigs both as individuals and as a group. Pigs are very good at being pigs and dogs are superior at being dogs.

  2. Susan Lea says:

    I notice your fence made of hog panels (I’m guessing, from the height relative to the pig). I have a question. Do you use metal fence posts to support the panels? How often do you put a post? And do you find this fence is adequate for holding pigs in? The reason I’m asking is because if we could use a fence like that, it would expand our choice of places to keep pigs enormously!

    • In that photo the ends of the panels are just tided together and they’re standing up by virtue of being a rectanglish shape. It was a temporary setup that we were moving around, a piglet tractor.

      In other places like the south field shed we used metal T-posts, one at each end and one in the middle of each panel. We added a hot wire along the panels as well to discourage pushing.

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