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We've got piglets!
Mon 20-Dec-10
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Green Rosie
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We've got piglets - 13 of themsmile

It should not have been that many  but there was a bit of a change of plan with friends and we have ended up with all their's too - Linky

 

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How exciting, aren't they pretty?

I'll try that again!

Mon 20-Dec-10
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wave That's brilliant news Rosie.   13 - lucky for some eh!!!!!

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gorgeous...can I ask, do pigs need much maintenance - we have horses and chickens (& Dog, cat, goldfish)and were thinking about something else, I was thinking goats, but a friend suggested pigs .

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That's not the sort of question you can answer quickly - you would need at least 2 pigs and very secure fencing (possibly electric) especially if you have Tamworths.  You also need all sorts of paperwork which can probably be found on the Defra site.   I have Kune Kunes who are very friendly and generally smaller than other traditional breeds - although my boar is a BIG boy!!  Kune Kune's graze but like other pigs also can thoroughly dig over any area so don't believe anyone who says even KK's will just graze your lawn - they won't!

 

I do find them fun to look after but I am fairly new to pig keeping and I would suggest doing your homework first.  Let us know what you decide.

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It's the paperwork bit that bothers me....hate paperwork, is that all about registering and then movement stuff or is there even more to it than that...don't worry I'll have a look sometime, before spring probably.

Wed 22-Dec-10
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Love it, Rosie, especially your comment, which is so US:

"We are now paying the price for making a slight error of judgment with the breeding plan - we didn't have one!"

I guess you guys just have to get on with it but I love pigs, especially if you can afford to get to know them as personalities. Although it can indeed make the pig-to-bacon route a little tougher, emotionally.

Do pleaase keep us posted. welldone

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Wed 22-Dec-10
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wave  We were very lucky when we got our Tamworths in that we had someone with all the required paperwork and license who came in with us,  otherwise we may not have been able to get them.  They are still living in a sheep shed as the ground is too hard to do the fencing.

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On the 'recently updated topics' list, this immediately followed 'Sausage Cassoulet'. Perhaps the forum software is trying to tell us something wink

 

Although you can't eat the little piggies while they're all tiny and cute.

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wave  No, I'm going to wait until they are big and not very cute!!  big_laugh

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Thu 23-Dec-10
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Out last piglets stayed cute to the end  - but taste wonderful. Kune Kune ham is to be recommended.

We have started to name this lot although finding 13 names and remembering who they belong to is proving a challenge.  So far we have Pinky, Perky, Adventure Pig, Penny Pig and Cholcolate Spots - all suggestions for others gratefully received.

Thu 23-Dec-10
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Bacon, Prosciutto, Jambon, Jamon,Ham...

I'll try that again!

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big_laugh   big_laugh   big_laugh

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Peppa pig and George .....?

What about the Animal Farm names:

Old Major,

Snowball (very appropriate atm!)

Napoleon

Squealer

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 . . or you could name them after forumites.

MOS, Seth and Paperman would not take it too personally, I think devil
But best not reveal if you have chosen the names of any of our ladies, or a certain sporking will ensue ( spork )

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