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Old 01-27-2017, 10:33 PM   #1
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My daughter and I caught five piglets in my garden tonight right at dark. There were six, but one managed to get away. Cute little things.

Haven't had that much aerobic exercise in a long time!
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Old 01-28-2017, 12:30 AM   #2
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Were they your piglets or just a wandering gang?
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Ach! C'mon! What did you do with them?
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Wild? Domestic?

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Not my pigs. Dont know who they belong to.

They could be a domestic/feral cross, but they're not pure "wild" stock. I saw a total of six - two black like wild pigs, two chestnut brown, one black with a white belt over its shoulder, and one brown with a similar shoulder belt. One of the black ones got away, but we managed to get the rest. Had a bit of a wild time as my fenced garden is 90' x 90' so there was plenty of room for them to maneuver. The dog was losing his mind because I wouldnt let him play too!

I put notices up on four different county discussion Facebook pages looking for the owner, if there is one. If no one comes forward I will give them to some friends.

I have to admit though that I'm struggling with the idea of keeping a couple of them myself.
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Keep an eye out for Mom. There is nothing quite so scary as a mom concerned about her piglets.
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Oh, you can believe I was thinking of *her* a lot last night as they were running around squealing!
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And pigs are incredible escape artists...
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But they are rather tasty
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But they are rather tasty
Bacon is food of the gods, pork belly is a close second. Crackling roast.. Yum
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Spare rib with a honey and mustard glaze.
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Ribs and roasts in the smoker.
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Here are a few photos I've taken of the piglets we caught over the weekend.

The first two are from when I first found them inside my fenced garden. The gate was open which is how they got in. They're blurry because phone cameras aren't very good at action shots.





They're in the ten pound range. I was concerned at first they were still nursing, but they've been eating well since we caught them.

The five that we caught. It was fun and hijinx there for a while trying to corner them in the near dark. I think I ran over my wire tomato cages about half a dozen times! I kept them that stock tank over night until I was able to clean up the old hen yard to move them into there. It has a reinforced fence that will keep them from rooting out from under.



This last one is in the hen yard, now temporary pig pen. They're as wild as March Hares so it's been tough to get any sort of photo before they run and hide.



We've decided to keep the two belted ones - the brown and white is female, the black and while is male. I gave the rest to a friend of mine who is already set up for pigs. He's going to help me cut the male when he's ready and with the trench work to put in a dedicated hog pen.

My kids are two very different minds about the piglets. The Kinder Major wants NO part of them whatsoever! (laughing). The Kinder Minor is over the moon and wants to hold them all the time. We had a good time last night over Sunday Supper (roast pork ironically enough) deciding on what to name them because there was no way the females were going to let them go without something to call them by.

Ultimately we decided to stay with our tradition of Tolkien or Harry Potter names to settle on calling them Crabbe & Goyle because one's a boy and the other is a goyle... It suits their personalities as well though ours may be the more intelligent!

As small as they are I've been looking for some sign of mama, but haven't seen any at all. They don't seem to belong to any of my neighbors and no one ever replied to my notices in the various county Facebook groups so I'm inclined to believe they are a domestic/feral cross. We have problems with feral pigs like many other states do. When I get our dedicated hog pen built I may just try trapping a few more once these two are in the freezer.
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My friend decide not to take the second piglet we offered him so we're keeping it, at least until he grows out some more. This brought up the matter of his name - an imperative of the Hagan womenfolk. We discussed it over supper two nights running trying to find one we all could agree on within the bounds of our family animal naming convention.

Finally Libby gave me the idea for the one we ultimately settled on - Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porkington.

The Pigs of Dun Hagan: Crabbe, Goyle, and Sir Porkington.
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Will Sir Porkington be the last Mimsy?
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just a note to the wise..we had piglets that I was in charge of as a teen..and no matter what my dad did they managed to escape their enclosure as they grew bigger. He dug a trench and put chicken wire down it and reinforced stuff but I spent most of the summer chasing the pigs around the yard and field trying to get them back into their pen. years later someone informed us that is why pigs have rings put in their nose to keep them from digging under fences...?

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Aw, piggies!

Be careful Alan, will the girls eat them after naming them? I couldn't as a kid when we had Porky and Petunia. But I did learn I love pigs. Live.
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I think the same as RB; either they are pets or they are live stock...
I personally refuse to eat any animal that I have seen alive.
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I don't mind seeing them but naming livestock usually means that the children and women folk won't eat them.

But two of them is a good idea. Raise both to slaughter weight, call the processor to come out when the kids are at school to take care of business. Use one to pay the processor, you keep the other one.
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Oh yes, I have given considerable thought to porcine escape strategies. I haven't had anything to do with pigs since I was a boy, but we did have them way back when and we too had to round them up - a lot!

That's why they're presently in my old hen yard until I can get a dedicated hog pen built. When I built it I trenched the wire in about eighteen inches down to keep digging predators out. I could probably keep them in there all the way to slaughter, but it wasn't built with hogs in mind and is not really set up to make it convenient to keep them.

We have had the "they are FOOD, not PETS" conversation many times. If we were to eat them right now when they are cute little piglets I'd have a rebellion for sure. By the time they're fully grown hogs (250lbs or thereabouts) I think they cuteness will have long since worn off. My girls like their pork roasts, hams, and sausage!

Left up to me I wouldn't name them, but the girls are not having any of that and letting them do so is a way of achieving "buy in" on their part.

I haven't decided yet if he'll be the last "de Mimsy" or not. I've had "one day" plans to acquire hogs for years, but hadn't ever done anything about it. With these more or less falling into my lap I suddenly have them. I'm going to see how the next few months go then decide. Part of me says raise them to slaughter weight, put them in the freezer, then don't keep any until next spring to start the cycle over again which would mean several months at least of no pigs. Another part of me says keep an intact boar and sow to breed their replacements myself. Not sure if I want to commit to that or not. We'll see.
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Canada doesn't seem to be suffering a bacon shortage, judging by some really good sale prices lately but it might be time for me to stock some in the freezer... just in case.
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Tape record the babies squealing and play over a loudspeaker outside. When momma shows up to get her babies you will have a nice sow ready for slaughter.
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A few recent pictures of Crabbe, Goyle, and Nick.


Crabbe is the black and white one, Goyle the brown & white, Nick the brown.





When I first put the shelter into their pen. Being contrary they spend most of their time UNDER it, but they do get into the haybox on occasion.
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