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Old 03-01-2017, 11:10 AM   #26
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I think naming them Chops, Bacon and Sausage would help make their eventual demise easier... ;-)
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If you name them you will never be able to eat them.
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Old 03-01-2017, 12:43 PM   #28
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We raised three piglets. At first they were adorable. Then I found out how MEAN pigs can be. I named them, I Hate You, I Hate You More, and I Hate You the Most. It was the first and last time I dealt with pigs because even their meat was nasty.
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Old 03-01-2017, 01:35 PM   #29
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I'm not worried about naming them. Before much longer they'll have grown out of their cute phase. A few days of having to feed and water them (I usually do this) will soon convince them they're delicious.

This weekend I bring home the hog panels to build their dedicated pen. Not looking forward to all the trenching! But sweat now is sweat I won't have to put out when the damned things get out because they won't be able to.

Last weekend I partially disassembled the original MK. 1 chicken tractor that I retired about a year and a half ago. It's twelve years old now and the lower wood finally rotted out to the point it wasn't serviceable any longer. I pulled off the next box, roosts, and the lower wood then moved it to where the pen will be. There I'll frame the bottom in with treated 2x12s (a 2x6 in the front) to give them rain shelter. The pen location is under trees in the middle of my pasture where I can't easily pull chicken tractors through, but close enough to get water to it and near enough for the dog to hear any commotion in the unlikely event of a predator large enough to be a threat to them should get in.
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In Jr High there was a guy who worked in the school's cafeteria who had pigs. He would collect the food students didn't eat where we'd drop off our trays.
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When I was a boy I helped my grandfather on occasion pick up plate scrapings and whatnot from an institutional cafeteria for pig feed.

It can be an excellent source of free feed, but it has to be cooked first before it can be fed out. Not sure it can be legally used for producing pork that will be sold anymore.
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Brought home the hog panels to build the pen today. Also larger feed and water pans. Cut brush in the pen area then moved the old chicken tractors to where I want it. Tomorrow I start digging the trenches. I'm going to have a double after supper tomorrow night!
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