Pigs, man. They are the funniest things, rivaling even the goats for cuteness and silly antics.
Of course, the pigs would also be the first to eat me if I died. But what can ya do?
If there is one thing I have learned about pigs in the month or so that I’ve been taking care of these two, it’s that pigs. love. food. All those old cliches and saying about “eating like a pig” and “don’t hog the food” are totally and completely accurate. I even have to pour their milk from a great height to prevent them knocking the bowl out of my hands.
And did I mention they’re eating all my milk? Greedy little milk hogs.
I’m happy to report that Mabel and Baconator are both healthy, happy, and growing like weeds. Mabel is still in the lead, just as she was when we first brought them home, but Baconator is catching up to her quickly.
This time next year we will have a freezer full of bacon, sausage, ground pork, hams, tenderloin, and all manner of deliciousness. Mabel may even be expecting our first homegrown bacon bits by then, as well. Wouldn’t that be exciting? Yes, yes it would.
It won’t be long now, though, that we will need to start electrifying around the inside of their enclosure. They’re learning to root and eat grass and weeds, but I definitely don’t want them rooting out and running hog wild. (I’m full of bad puns today.)
I’m also wondering if I may need to partition off space for me to walk to and from the barn without them having access to my path. When they’re nearing the 200 lb mark…and then on from there for Mabel…well, I don’t know how easy it will be to navigate around them if they’re still so inclined to follow me around begging for food.
They may grow out of it, so I will wait and see. If not, we’ll go from there. As much as I love pigs, they are one of the more dangerous livestock species. Many people have been injured or killed (even eaten) by hogs. Usually attacks come from aggressive boars or sows with piglets, but you can never be too careful.
For now, I’m just enjoying their cute little piglet stage while it lasts!