We finally got our first piglets for the homestead, and here’s a little inside look as we brought home our first Kunekune/American Guinea Hog piglets.
It was kind of a spur of the moment idea…
For my 30th birthday, I knew it was time to kindly, and persuasively ask Mr. Hubs to please get me something new and exciting.
And what does any other normal girl ask for as a gift for her 30th birthday?
Purses, new shoes, a braaaannnnndd newwwwww carrrrrr?
Nope, not this Fancy Farmgirl.
I asked Mr. Hubs either of the following:
B. Jersey cow
….and that’s where this piglet story begins!
Why I chose to raise pigs over other animals for meat as a newbie
When we first bought our little homestead, I figured we’d start out meat raising with something small, such as meat chickens, and then work our way up to raising larger animals for meat as we gained more experience.
That was the original plan.
But then, I began thinking of the bacon, and the bacon, and the juicy, fat, bacon and came up with the brilliant idea that we should try pigs first.
Apparently itâ€™s a, â€œgo big or go homeâ€ mentality here on The Inspired Prairie.
Okay, so truthfully, it was also because I was on Craigslist looking at piglets for over a month, and quickly became obsessed with the cute little piglets, that I made it up in my mind that I NEEDED some!
Well, my birthday came and Mr. Hubs gave me the news that he would be gifting me money to buy pigs.
And not only just piglets, but piglets x2. Meaning I could purchase two sweet, adorable, squishy, piglets to raise for meat.
Or at least we planned on getting only 2 piglets to raise for meat.
Second-guessing myself. Am I sure I want to raise meat pigs?
Before purchasing our piglets, we took a trip to Brad’s house to scope out the piglets. Mr. Hubs also wanted me to “make sure” this is what I “really wanted“.
Brad is a friend of a friend who I became acquainted with and we quickly became friends, such as all us crazy farm folk do when we meet other farmers and homesteaders.
Well, the second-guessing myself didn’t occur until we got to his house.
Not gonna lie.
When I got my first whiff of pig poop at Brad’s house, I was taken aback, and I started second-guessing myself as to whether or not I truly wanted to raise these stinky little creatures.
I weighed in my options:
Piglets + Stinky Poop = Bacon in the end
Piglets + Stinky Poop = Juicy pork roasts in end
Piglets + Stinky Poop = Pork ribs in the end
In my mind it was unanimous;
let’s get some pigs!
Now, you must understand that the original plan was to purchase two piglets, using my birthday money.
That was until we got a-talkin, and Brad said he wouldn’t mind some more goats and we could do a little tradey-poo, (aka barter).
I was sold!
The plan was that I would be giving him Miss Fern (my black goat) and her newest girl kid, in exchange for my birthday piglets. DEAL, DEAL!
Picking up our pigs
The day came to pick up our piglets and bring them home. Brad kindly had the females separated from the males, as I only wanted females.
I chose to raise female pigs for our meat because unless you castrate the males, the meat can be tainted with a nice boar flavor. That sounds very unappetizing and this Fancy Farmgirl would NOT be preforming any castration, thank you very much!
As I was looking around for the “perfect ones” to choose, to my amazement Brad asked me,
“Well, how many piglets do you want?”
And I gave him the look of confusion, shock and excitement.
“Well, uh, um, you know, we only agreed and planned on getting 2…. but, wait HUH?!?”
And he asked me again, “Yeah how many do you want?”, meaning, he was allowing me to grab more than two piglets for our barter of the two goats.
They were all so cute, I just wanted ALL.THE.PIGS!
And somehow I came up with the brilliant idea of getting FOUR piglets!
I might just be a tad bit crazzzzzy, but what else is new? I mean, does this really surprise you!?
After making my decision, I asked Brad, “So how are we supposed to get these little guys, errr, girls in the crate to take them home?”
He laughs and told me, “good luck”, with a mischievous smile.
But I, Fancy Farmgirl, am a determined farm girl, and after about a minute or so of chasing the piglets around, three ran into the cage by themselves, leaving me to chase around the final one.
I chased and chased, there was squealing and a whole bunch straw flying and I got on my knees to get that last piggy! Finally, I was able to wrangle the final pig, making my piglet total to four baby pigs coming to The Inspired Prairie.
Bringing home our first piglets for meat
On the car drive home, the poor pigs were terrified. And I did feel bad for them.
I kept staring at them because I was still so excited, and yet shocked that I finally had my pigs!
And then, the abominable happened…**hold your noses!**
One pooped right there in the cage, which brought in a very STEAMY aroma of hot, fresh…pig poop!
My first real and very up close and personal experience of what lies ahead of me on my homestead. ?
Welcome to The Inspired Prairie piggies!
When we got the piglets home and took them out of their crate, they ran and ran and huddled together in different corners of their fenced in pasture.
We introduced them to their new herd mates (the goats) who didn’t receive the newcomers well, gave them food and water, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Raising Kunekune/ American Guinea Hog Cross Piglets Q & A:
What do the goats think about the new piglets?
The goats were terrified of the little piglets at first, and would run, and run, and run away from them. ?
But now, Charlotte is playing “Queen of the farm” and loves to head butt the pigs, so I try and keep them separate as much as possible. She’s just jealous of the food they get to eat, I suppose.
What do you feed your Kunekune/ American Guinea Hog cross Piglets?
Well first off, raising your own meat is rarely cheaper than buying from the store. Just, bottom line. However, we are choosing to raise our own meat so we can raise healthy and sustainable meat.
With that being said, here’s what our pigs are eating:
#1- We get free produce from a local grocery store that they can’t sell, so our pigs eat a ton of fruit and veggies, and this makes up 80%-90% of their diet.
#2- Alfalfa Pellets
#3- Corn, Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Peas
#4- Sometimes a bit of mixed grain, but not much. I am trying to raise them on a grain-free (ish) diet, so if they go get grain, it only makes up about 2% of their diet.
#5- Forage and Pasture
Do your Kune Kune / American Guinea Hog cross pigs root?
When I started researching about the Kune Kune / AGH cross pigs, I was reading a lot about how they don’t root much.
Welp, my pigs root a lot! As in, they have completely turned and tilled the soil in both their pasture areas!
So MY Kunekune/ American Guinea Hog cross pigs do indeed root. Oh, yes they surely do, and a lot for a matter of fact!
Are all 4 of the pigs being raised for meat?
But officially, no!
I have formed a bond with one of the pigs, to which I decided to keep her and eventually breed her. I named her Josie. (She’s the pink one on the far left in the picture above ?).
Funny Happenings since raising pigs:
- I’ve dropped my phone in pig muddy, poopy water. more than once. Splat-o!
- I, at one point, thought one of the pigs might have been a boy (not going to get into details why ?). So, I tried to catch the pig to check “the goods”, ya know, and the pig slipped out of my hands and had me land on the ground. Splat-o again!
- I’ve taught my pink pig, Josie, and another one of the pigs to roll over for belly rubs.
- The Kunekune / American Guinea Hog cross pigs were cute as piglets, but they are NOT as cute as bigger pigs.