We have puppies! Aussie Heelers born 11/8/23
Fortunately after years of education, brain picking and good ol' fashion trial & error, we have some answers!
We recommend to bring a dog crate/ carrier. As these are the most secure options to keep your pig safe safe and calm during transport. We will provide hay to put in the crate for transport; details on exact size and how many piglets you will take can be discussed further upon inquiry.
This is your most IMPORTANT item to check off your to-do list ✅ PRIOR to picking up your Pig. Pigs are very good at popping out of unsecured fences or pens especially when they are in their new environment. We recommend 2 types of enclosures that are cost & energy-efficient. 1) Welded wire with Tposts & gate 2) 4 Hog panel with Tposts, we call it the 'The Square ' our personal favorite. We go by the 3 S's when building a pen: It needs to be Simple, Safe, Secure. We can show you on our Farm various setups & methods. We can assure you, it will be a very underwhelming experience. Do not be let building a pen intimidate you!! Trust us, you got this! 😉
If you are interested in raising a nutrient deficient animal, sure. But we highly doubt that you are! We know you are here because you have grand plans of raising your new pig(s) and that includes a healthy diet! Corn of course can be part of it, but we have a few suggestions to set you apart from common practices. Our concoction is derived from several sources, most that will be available to you by your local Co-Op or Tractor Supply, Rural King. We will show you what we do and provide a list of feeds plus all sorts of other goodies you can feed in good conscience to your piggy!
This really all depends on what you want to do in the future. Is this your first time owning swine, ever? That can have a lot to do with it. Or have you done your research and concluded you are definitely Interested in breeding for your own experience & consumption? That can have a lot to do with it too. Or last but not least, are you just wanting to raise your own Hogs for until they are suitable to be processed? The biggest difference between a gilt and boar will be personality and overall use. Our boars tend to be very needy and docile, do best in pairs. Our gilts are also needy and friendly, also best in pairs! But keep in mind, eventually they will go in heat once a month for about 7 days, every month. This means 'they can' be more forward, slightly pushy, a lot more talkative. It's certainly not a characteristic that should count them out, but it is one we feel you should be aware of. Also, if you do take a Gilt, they cannot be bred any sooner than 12 months minimum. So this means they need to be kept separate from any Boar on the property. If you do plan to breed eventually, we highly recommend to start with a Gilt that way she can have the time to properly develop & sexually mature. This is especially if it's your only pig on the property. A Boar can be brought in later as young as 4 months and potentially breed her. So your wait time is cut less than half, if you start with a female first. Further guidance can be discussed upon inquiry.
Don't worry, that's where our Farm Tours come in handy. It's really worth it's time in gold to come and see in the flesh for yourself what we are all about. Also the fact, that you too easily can enjoy a very similar experience on your lot too. We love to educate and share what we've learned through the years with all of our clients. Your tour is private which means you have our undivided attention for a solid hour sometimes a lil extra. There are some things that just need to be seen and explained in person, I know I'm that way! Also keep in mind if you are within 20miles of our Farm, we will also include a site check to ensure you are setup and have no problem areas. We want this to be the BEST experience of purchasing a Pig ever. So take advantage of this service!
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