The pigs have escaped three times this week!
Luckily, they’ve only got out into our yard. Each time, they just hang around in the garden, dig up the grass a bit, and lay in the sun. Putting them back in their pen was pretty easy – they’re just like flighty chickens. They’ll flee if you approach them directly, but you can herd them from behind or lead them with food and they’ll just trot straight back in.
So the fence I built with some mates wasn’t anywhere near as good as we thought it was :-).
Each time the pigs got through the fence, we shored up the escape route. But then they just found the next weak point and got out again the next day.
The problem was that we thought the pigs would be smart enough not to try to get through barbed wire. We figured they’d give it a sniff, find out it was prickly, and then back off. In reality, pigs are like little cannonballs. They launch themselves full tilt at the fence, and they’re through before they realise there’s anything in their way.
Luckily I bought an electric fence energiser on Tuesday – I’ve just been waiting for an opportunity to install it. Things are going to be different around here tomorrow!
This post is part of the Pig Project 2010 post series:
- The Big Pig Project 2010
- The Pigs Escaped!
- Electric Fence Keeps Pigs In!
- Feeding Swill To Pigs
- Pig Information From NSW DPI
- How To Weigh A Pig
- Swill Feeding Pigs In Las Vegas
- Pig Tractors For Clearing Land
- Taking The Pigs To The Abattoir
- Home Grown Pork
- The Cost Of Raising Your Own Pigs For Meat
- Home Made Bacon