How I Feed The Pig

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Feeding the pig. It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it! Thanks for the photo, hubby. You truly know how to catch my feminine side. And yes, those are your coveralls I’m wearing.

This is how I feed the pig…

Every morning, I slop through the muddy yard with a bucket of scraps and carry it to the pig pen. She sees me coming, runs to the gate, and goes crazy trying to tear the chain link apart. I’m sure neighbors for miles around can hear her piercing squeals.

I remove all of the boards holding the door closed;  as the last piece of wood is removed she comes busting through, and straight at my legs, nudging me with her strong snout, covering me with mud. I brace myself as to not be plowed over.

I maneuver around her and into her pen, trying to keep her nose out of the bucket until I’m able to pour it into her bowl. As the food begins pouring out, she immediately dives in to devour the goodies. The remainder of the food from the bucket ends up falling on her head since she won’t get out of the way. I laugh and pet her back while she contentedly munches away.

Then I close the gate behind me so that none of the other animals will get in there and eat her food. I know she’s only in the pen because she wants to be. As soon as she’s done eating she finds a way out and I see her running around the yard a little while later, grazing with the goat.

I go back inside and peel off the muddy clothes. Yes, it’s a dirty job!

What the heck and I gonna do when she’s 200 lbs? Something’s gotta give!

Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

8 Comments

  1. If you are going to keep this hog you will need to build a sturdier pen to hold her. One in which, you will be able to feed her without going in the pen with her. These guys get huge quick and if not handled and left on their own they can be dangerous. That is why hog farmers have a way to feed their pigs without having to go in the pen with them. I have a friend who is a hog farmer and I raised pigs in FFA. Here are some websites that show the correct type of material to use for Hogs:

    http://www.ehow.com/video_4955514_build-pig-pen.html

    These websites have pre-built pens for sale:
    http://www.lbarm.com/index.php/products/livestock.html?gclid=CIyqsOCGyp8CFRednAody3RE0g

    http://www.homestead.org/cjmouser/gettingstartedwithpigs.htm

    My Dad and I built my Hog pen out of used Pallets and strung a hot wire around the inside perimeter. We also installed a feed trough that I could reach from the outside. My hogs were handled as they were show hogs but at feeding time it was a different story.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Can you place the bowl or whatever closer to the fence, so you can avoid opening the gate? You know, just pour it over the fence. As for a chute, even an old section of duct work would do it. Good luck.

  3. I second/third (whatever we’re on by now!) the chute suggestion. Some friends used a large PVC pipe. It worked for their pigs and goats! Good luck!

  4. I feed the chickens, cats, and dog, but the pigs are always my husband’s domain, lol! Fortunately, our pigpen is made of hog panels, which are low enough that you can pour the feed into the trough from standing outside of the pen. And when they’re secured well with wire to the metal stakes, we’ve never had a problem with pigs escaping. Also, they’re low enough to climb over if you need to get in, so no gate is needed. We were lucky and got some good deals on some of our stakes and panels at a farm auction, but it was worth it to buy the rest new to be sure we had a secure pen. Never a dull moment with animals, huh?!

  5. You’ll have to build a chute or hinged door over the bowl to pour it in from. She’ll have you flat on your bottom come 200lbs. You’re right – something’s gotta give. ((Kinda glad we don’t have that problem; pigs are unclean, you know.))

    Our goats act the same way, though – the girls spend the whole time butting each other out of the way. The boys (separate pen) are just like your pig – practically climbing me. You’d think we never feed them, the way they act. Luckily they’re all Nigerian Dwarves, and won’t get any taller than my knee.

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