To Buy a Fat Hog

Found Item – Hay Tedder Spring

Food Chain Radio is having a show “To Buy a Fat Hog” which I’m on. Go visit their web site and call in if you get this in time.

The found item above was nosed up by our pigs in the far south field which long ago was a hay field. That is one very old spring because in 2009 I cleared the forest from that field. The trees were probably 70 years old. Will found this while he was working on fencing. That spring broke off the tedder a looong time ago.

Outdoors: 60°F/29°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 70°F/65°F

Daily Spark: The horrible thing is we are banned from trying to save a wounded wild animal. It is illegal because the government wants total control over human-wildlife interactions. You can get a license to kill but not to care. That is injustice.

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7 Responses to To Buy a Fat Hog

  1. Sal says:

    Might also have been a baler pick up tine…

    Congratulations on Kickstarter progress!!!

  2. Nance says:

    I enjoy digging old rusty pieces out of the earth and speculating (or once in a while — actually knowing!) on what that thing was used for and when. I will go listen . . .

  3. Amy says:

    Hi Walter –

    Another pig raising question if you don’t mind. Do you put boars together in the same field with your sows (I mean more than one boar in with a group of sows)? We have a Large Black boar youngster (about 6 months old) and a 2 year old Red Wattle/Berkshire/Tamworth boar. They have been fine in a large fenced area so far together (there are several sows in this area as well) but we assume that is because the youngster isn’t quite ready to breed. Will they do okay together once the Large Black is ready to breed or do we need to have separate fenced sections for them? We made the huge mistake of putting two older boars together – I have never seen a fight like that- but we don’t know if the same thing will occur with the Large Black since the older boar is used to the younger boar being around. Thanks for the help-


    • Yes, it is much easier to keep the breeding boars and sows together and they prefer that. They take care of eat detection and mating. As Mr. Gardner said, “I like to watch” but that’s it. That is to say I note it on the calendar when I see heats and matings. Since the boars grew up together they are fine together.

      On the other hand, the north herd and the south herd are divided from each other by a no-pig’s land to prevent anxiety along the fence line between boars who do not normally live together.

      During the warm months our ladies build nests off in private areas in the margins of the fields. During the winter we must provide some privacy by separating the gestating ladies in a group from the rest of the breeder herd. They have nest shelters they can go in and out of and defend. See When Pigs Fly.

  4. Susan Lea says:

    Any chance they’d ever dig up some truffles? Do we even have truffles in the U.S?

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