Yesterday(3/23/14), my neighbor Joe stopped by and asked if we were ready for piglets. I was hoping that the snow would be gone so I could put up a second pig pen before getting pigs. Well, the best laid plans……. Now we have three piglets in the barn. I’ll update this post as the year goes on.
Yesterday (4/29/14), Claudia and I built a second pig pen so that the first one can recover for next year. The three little pigs were overjoyed and a little overwhelmed with their new digs. Pigs are forest creatures so I’ve situated the pens in the woods so that they can root. I watched them nosing through the dirt last night; they chew as they root, so anything goes: rootlets, grubs, dried leaves, and lots of dirt. Their digestive system must be uncompromisable.
With the old pen I roughly filled in the bomb holes that the big old sow made then I seeded with a pasture mix. If I don’t feel it has recovered enough by the end of the growing season, next spring I may build another pen and make it a two year rotation.