Putting the Pigs Out to Pasture

new hay bales every week meant the pigs had plenty to eat and plenty of bedding

new hay bales every week meant the pigs had plenty to eat and plenty of bedding

All winter the pigs’ home has been a large area with a dugout. Each week, we gave them a round bale to eat and use for bedding. As you see in the first picture, they were quite content. April brings its showers and even with hay, the pen has turned into a mud pit–not so terrible from a pig’s perspective, but it signals the end of the pen and the beginning of the pasture rotations.

good thing pigs love mud

good thing pigs love mud

We moved the pigs into temporary paddocks made with electric fencing.  Usually, one low wire will keep them in, but we like to give them two wires for the first paddock–cuts down significantly on pig chasing while they get used to their new fence.

merely the first of many fences this season

merely the first of many fences this season

Here they are on brand new pasture. They were feeling their freedom yesterday and thoroughly enjoying their new digs. The chickens and guineas followed them yesterday.  I’m interested to see if they stay with the pigs all through the pasture.

thrilled pigs eager to use their snouts

thrilled pigs eager to use their snouts

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