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.
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Getting Kunekune/ American Guinea Hog cross piglets 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 brand new car?
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 KuneKune/ American Guinea Hog pigs over a different type of pig
Since we are newbies to raising pigs, I was a little intimated by the fact of those really huge pigs you see.
I started doing some research for pigs that are good for small farms and homesteads, and learned about the breed, Kunekune.
So when the hunt came for me to find KuneKune pigs online, I was noticing a lot of them (at least in my area) were a cross breed of KuneKune and American Guinea hog.
Both are small breeds, so I wasn’t opposed to the idea of getting a cross breed.
Why I chose to raise meat pigs, for our first time raising animals for meat
When we first bought our little homestead, I figured we’d start out raising something small for meat, 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.
Well, apparently, it’s a, go big or go home 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! Forget meat chickens!
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 ONE piglet, but two. 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 about the piglets
Before purchasing our piglets, we took a trip to Brad’s house to scope out the piglets. Brad is the connection I made from a friend, who happened to have some Kunekune/American Guinea Hog cross piglets for sale.
And Mr. Hubs, knowing me and how I can change my mind a lot, wanted me to “make sure” this is what I “really wanted“.
So we made a trip to Brad’s house prior to our purchase.
Well friend, the second-guessing myself begun.
OnceI got my first whiff of the pig poop aroma at Brad’s house, I was taken aback, and I started really second-guessing myself as to whether or not I truly wanted to raise these stinky little creatures. They might be cute, but man oh man, did that poop STINK!
So, I thought about my piglet purchase more in depth:
- 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 only two Kunekune/ American Guinea Hog cross 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.
Picking up our Kunekune/ American Guinea Hog Cross pigs
When 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 apparently 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. Because I was under the impression that it was going to be two piglets, in exchange for the two goats.
“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. And I’m not one to argue on a great deal, so I got to picking!
They were all so cute, I just wanted ALL.THE.PIGS! And somehow I came up with the brilliant idea of getting FOUR piglets! Because four piglets are the perfect amount to start with for a first time pig keeper, right?!
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 of straw flying everywhere, and I finally got on my knees to get that last piggy!
At last, I was able to wrangle the final pig, making my piglet total of four baby pigs coming to The Inspired Prairie.
On the car drive home, the poor pigs were terrified. And I did feel bad for them, yet, I was still so excited, and shocked that I finally had my pigs!
And then, the abominable happened…**hold your noses people!**
One pooped right there in the cage, which brought in a very STEAMY aroma of hot, fresh…pig poop in our jeep! My first real and very up close and personal experience of what lies ahead of me on my homestead!
What a monstrosity!!
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Bringing the Kunekune/American Guinea Hog piglets to our farm!
Welcome to The Inspired Prairie piggies!
When we got the piglets home and took them out of their crate, they ran all huddled together in different corners of their fenced-in pasture. They were scared!
We introduced them to their new herd mates (the goats) who didn’t receive the newcomers well btw, 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 away from them. They didn’t know what these new hairy creatures were!
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.
**UPDATE: Our pigs are now 100% separated from the goats, and live with our cow in the cow run. **
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:
- We get free produce from a local grocery store that they can’t sell, so our pigs eat a ton of fruit and veggies when available.
- Homeamde Soy-Free pig feed- Which consists of dried field peas, corn, alfalfa pellets, oats, wheat germ. Mixed together and then we soak it overnight before feeding them.
- 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. Not that I minded, but it was just something I learned and didn’t mind either way.
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?
Originally, yes! But officially, no!
I sort of formed a bond with one of the pigs, to which I decided to keep her and breed her. I named her Josie. (She’s the pink one on the far left in the picture above). I also decided to keep the grey and white one for breeding and named her, Lucy Grey.
Funny Happenings since raising pigs
- I 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 taught my pink pig, Josie, to roll over for belly rubs.
In my opinion, the Kunekune / American Guinea Hog cross pigs were cute as piglets, but they are NOT as cute as bigger pigs. Plus, my piggies that I kept (we have since butchered the two other ones, black and orange one), are now getting their tusks! Ew!
And, that’s the story of bringing home our first set of Kunekune/ American Guinea Hog cross piglets home.