Our bacon is growing up *really* fast! From this when we brought them home:
To THIS just 2 months later:
I try not to visit them too often, because they're very friendly. Very dog-like actually. They bark when I drive up on the ATV with their food and come running over to me. I can scratch their heads while they eat, and when I hold out my hand, they come over to snuff it:
Thankfully I don't have to go visit them too often - Dave's been doing most of the piggy work, and they're actually really low maintenance! Their waterer is all automatic, so nothing to fill or clean or carry there. They get grain in the morning that last them all day, and if we have extra food scraps at night, we bring them over. They (thank God) like where they live and haven't tried to escape, because we never did figure out the problem with the electric fence strands, so it hasn't been turned on. There's just a relatively flimsy welded wire fence holding them in place - if they wanted to, it would take them maybe 2 minutes to dig under or push it over!
They have a lot of land in there - I think we could easily do 4 pigs in the same space next year without them turning it all to dirt. Of course, they still have a lot of growing to do... maybe I should hold judgment on that for now. We'll definitely do pigs again though (so think about your orders now and get them in early!)
Jen & Dave Paul, owners & operators of Old Post Farm