Posts Tagged ‘american guinea hog’

Oh my goodness the last few weeks have been BUSY! You may have been able to tell that based on the lack of blog posts. So much has happened: pigs taken to the processor, springtime work completed, but today I’m going to focus on the new life that’s joined the farm this week. Piglets Born […]

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Farm Store Open Saturday The farm store will be open tomorrow, Saturday March 4th, from 12-4pm. Come by to scoop up fresh eggs, pork, soaps, and more! Chicks will be for sale, too. Address and directions are here. Hog Shares We are now accepting reservations for half and whole hog shares for our next round of […]

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The adventure of this week was when one of the American Guinea Hogs escaped from the pen! On Wednesday morning I looked out the window to find Hillary rooting around the front yard, right outside the house. Let’s take a quick look at how this happened and what I did to fix it. The Back Story […]

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Another wintry week has passed! This one had record high temperatures, though, so we are thankful for the mild winter weather. We try to cut back to “maintenance mode” in winter with no special projects, but things always pop up. That’s when we really appreciate the mild winter weather! Since it’s not too frigid outside, […]

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In Part 1 of this series I posted the considerations we take into consideration in our pig housing. In Part 2 I detailed the first pig houses we made. Today in Part 3 I will detail our second pig house design, a hoophouse! Here are some prior posts about hoophouses for more tips and tricks: […]

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Farm Store Open This Saturday 12-4pm This Saturday is the first Saturday of the month, which means the farm store will be open! Come by to get some of our delicious pork! We also have duck eggs on sale, 10% off this Saturday only. Piglet Update: They’re Eating Solids The piglets are a month old […]

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Now that we’ve talked about the considerations that go into developing our pig housing, in this post I will detail the first pig house design we ever used. Next week I’ll detail the second pig house design we use. Both are good, they’re just different. The Triangular Structures These are the first two pig houses […]

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It’s been another wonderful week on the homestead! There’s been a good amount of mud and dirty clothes, yes, but also warm weather and sunshine. We are thankful for the rain we received as well as the sunshine. Some of us (pigs!) are more thankful for the rain than others. The Pigs Are Porking Up! […]

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We’ve had pigs for a few years now, and we’ve learned a lot along the way. Today I’ll share some of the characteristics of pigs that we take into consideration when constructing housing for them. On the next two Mondays I’ll follow up with posts detailing the two types of pig houses we use! Come […]

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Snow! This morning we awoke to our first snow of the season. A pretty dusting of snow added some charm to the morning chores. We’re thankful for what has been a pretty mild winter so far! Our two types of pigs had very different views on this snow. Our American Guinea Hogs were out of […]

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Every winter we work hard to ensure the animals have access to water. With several animal pens, this can be a challenge. It can be frustrating to refill a water bowl with fresh water only to have it freeze in a matter of hours. Here are some tips we’ve learned along the way that may […]

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Ear Tagging Pigs

I have a new method of ear tagging pigs that I can’t wait to share with you! This past spring I wrote about tagging pigs in our piglets series. Everything in that original post is still true, except now I have an update on how to tag older pigs! Let’s say for whatever reason you don’t […]

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Today we continue our piglets series with some insights on feeding and watering growing pigs. Pigs grow so fast that any missteps in feeding and watering can have dramatic consequences. Too little feed can permanently damage a pig, while too much can lead to plenty of issues, too. That being the case, there’s a lot […]

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Many people have come to the homestead to visit the American Guinea Hogs. Those with small acreages or new to homesteading tend to find the breed more approachable than conventional pigs. Recently I found this article by Mother Earth News that provides a lot of insight into American Guinea Hogs. For those considering the breed, […]

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We continue our piglet series where we highlight the care of piglets. Today we’re talking about ear tagging piglets. Why Why would you want to tag a piglet? Because you don’t want to tag a full-grown pig! If you think you may ever want a pig tagged, tag the pig as a piglet. Trying to hold and […]

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This is the second post in our piglets series where we detail how to care for piglets.  Today’s topic: castration! One tough thing about raising pigs is the meat from males may get boar taint if the male isn’t castrated. There’s mixed information as to whether or not American Guinea Hogs develop boar taint. Even if you […]

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If you currently cook bacon in a skillet on the stove, I am about to rock your world. Are you ready for a new way to cook bacon that’s easier and cleaner? Where the entire package of bacon cooks while you prepare the rest of breakfast? Here is the secret to tomorrow’s breakfast success: cook the […]

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The worst part of keeping pigs is moving them. It seems there’s no perfect strategy one can implement to have hassle-free pig moves. We have some strategies that help, and some that were recommended that were a waste of time. We’re sharing what we’ve learned so you avoid moments like this one, where Harley has a […]

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Here’s an overview of the livestock carrier we made for our truck bed. It works very well for transporting goats and pigs. Retail livestock carriers for truck beds cost several hundred dollars, and take up storage space when not in use. Our carrier was constructed for about $100 in supplies, and folds flat for storage. […]

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Along with much of the East Coast, we just endured a record-breaking snowstorm. When you live on a homestead with livestock, weather is a big deal. The livestock need to be cared for every day, and that means getting to them, and making sure they can get around, no matter what the weather. As we […]

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We experienced a couple new births on the farm this week, our first goat birth and our first American Guinea Hog birth! Our first of two pregnant hogs farrowed six piglets the same day as our first pregnant American Alpine doe kidded her first doeling! Here’s a video of the newly born piglets: The piglets […]

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Over the winter when there is little to forage on in the woods, we supplement the hogs with non-gmo swine feed. This video shows the instinctive reaction hogs have to all feed at once. It is fun watching them enjoy their meal time!

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Guinea Hogs Foraging

Our American Guinea Hogs live the good life! They spend all day foraging in the woods. When they’ve cleared out one spot, we rotate them to a new one. Typically we use electric fencing for rotational pens in the woods, but in this video we used hog panels instead. Check out the big pigs in the […]

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Goat Kids We have an adorable addition to the homestead, two goat kids! They are Alpine does, which we purchased from George’s Mill Farm. If you’re wondering why their ears look green, it’s because they were just tatooed before I brought them home. The lighter colored one was born on March 9th and the tan one on […]

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For about a month now we’ve been experimenting with a fodder system for feed. It’s still in the experimentation phase, but I thought I’d share our results so far. After some research, we decided to play around with growing barley fodder. It could lower our feed costs, plus we really like the idea of having […]

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