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New pigs and pen
« on: May 06, 2019, 09:33:16 pm »
Got some new pigs and put together a new pen for them in the last week[ You are not allowed to view attachments ][ You are not allowed to view attachments ][ You are not allowed to view attachments ]

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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2019, 09:35:46 pm »
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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2019, 10:13:23 pm »
Is that a concrete floor?
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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2019, 06:31:20 am »
Yes, then we finish in the woods for last month in electric fence under the oaks. 

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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2019, 10:09:00 am »
JT,
Are you using this to fatten them up for butchering or are you going to breed them?
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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2019, 10:42:12 pm »
nothing like acorn fattened pork!  :smile:
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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2019, 10:58:12 pm »
JT,
Are you using this to fatten them up for butchering or are you going to breed them?
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fatten them up. A lot of coyotes in my area and don?t want the escaping.

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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2019, 12:00:12 am »
So what are you doing to keep the coyotes from getting them?
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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2019, 07:48:59 am »
My back 5 is fenced in high field and there pen in in that. Front section had barb wire. So keeping them in the back. First go with pigs my self other then hunting the feral ones last 4 years

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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2019, 08:00:12 am »
If you are going to continue to do this, you may want to consider building an automatic feed box. My buddy feeds 6 pigs at a time with a feeder he built and an automatic water valve. The feeder is tall and narrow with a small slot at the bottom that allows a little bit of food to go into a tray on the front. I think his holds 300 pounds of feed when full. It would save you a lot of time.
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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2019, 12:26:13 pm »
Been looking at making the feeder. Did a 55 gallon water they drink it in 5-6 days gonna put in some plumbing to the pen and pipe in auto water but will have to be prepared for hurricane season, first to lose power last to get it back.

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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2019, 01:41:11 pm »
Same here about the power. I just finished putting power and water to the new turkey house we are building as well as Judy?s garden, shed and the old turkey pen. Rent one of those saws that are nothing but a 24? circular saw. Makes a narrow trench for easy backfill. It cuts the trench real fast.
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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2019, 09:55:25 am »
Pigs still growing about 150lb now [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]

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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2019, 09:43:44 pm »
Really nice JC. You have every right to be proud. I like your set up. Would you be interested in trading some of you sausage for some top quality honey?? HAA HAA as you need more honey.   :shocked:

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« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2019, 10:38:22 pm »
Really nice JC. You have every right to be proud. I like your set up. Would you be interested in trading some of you sausage for some top quality honey?? HAA HAA as you need more honey.   :shocked:
Hay I make trades all the time. Just pulled 30lb from a hive. So good for a while. Gonna hope for a nice deer  to mix with it soon.

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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2019, 10:52:09 pm »
Really nice JC. You have every right to be proud. I like your set up. Would you be interested in trading some of you sausage for some top quality honey?? HAA HAA as you need more honey.   :shocked:
Hay I make trades all the time. Just pulled 30lb from a hive. So good for a while. Gonna hope for a nice deer  to mix with it soon.

Sounds good. Good sausage, sugar cured county fresh ham, big homemade biscuits, fresh home churned butter, good fresh just laid big brown eggs, boiled strawberries and fresh honey for the biscuits, move over Cracker Barrel!!!  Oh yes , don?t for get the grits!! 😁😁😁😁

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« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2019, 08:29:15 pm »
Well the pigs are in the freezer was a long process took 3 days to process after 5 days to ice and age for them all wrapped  up with my wife?s help.[ You are not allowed to view attachments ][ You are not allowed to view attachments ][ You are not allowed to view attachments ]

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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2019, 09:27:23 pm »
Nice!  Did you do the butchering yourself?  How many lbs. of meat did you get? 
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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2019, 09:45:18 pm »
Thanks yes did all the butchering almost 300 lb of meat, we did 50 lb of sausage in 3 different flavors . I used to work as a meat cutter in high school learned a lot looking back it was a great job to learn the skill but at that age I thought it was torture.

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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2019, 02:11:42 pm »
Very nice! I do all my own butchering. It's a lot of work, but definitely worth it - on several levels. Very nice!
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« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2019, 04:57:29 pm »
Very nice! I do all my own butchering. It's a lot of work, but definitely worth it - on several levels. Very nice!
thanks,  it is a lot of work. But my wife and I  touched it all and know every piece and that is definitely worth it. Wish I had the room to do a steer but 250 is my limit for cooling down. I will hope to get a deer soon this season and our meat will be done for the year.

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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2019, 02:35:53 am »
Very nice! I do all my own butchering. It's a lot of work, but definitely worth it - on several levels. Very nice!
thanks,  it is a lot of work. But my wife and I  touched it all and know every piece and that is definitely worth it. Wish I had the room to do a steer but 250 is my limit for cooling down. I will hope to get a deer soon this season and our meat will be done for the year.

When I was a boy we did it a large variety. Pigs, calf, chickens, garden. fruit trees, YUM  only thing ,no bees.

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« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2019, 10:54:38 am »

When I was a boy we did it a large variety. Pigs, calf, chickens, garden. fruit trees, YUM  only thing ,no bees.

Thats so awesome Phillip. I have to say - adding the Bees has been a really amazing experience. It's almost as if they filled a previously unknown void in the equation - at our house.
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« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2019, 04:29:14 am »

When I was a boy we did it a large variety. Pigs, calf, chickens, garden. fruit trees, YUM  only thing ,no bees.

Thats so awesome Phillip. I have to say - adding the Bees has been a really amazing experience. It's almost as if they filled a previously unknown void in the equation - at our house.

Yes, I wish we had, had honey back then also. One thing that we did have, was sorghum molasses!! I mean the real deal! There was a family who had passed the tradition of this sorghum art to its family members,  since before the Cilvil War Days, and brother it was good!!

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« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2019, 11:04:27 am »
My family still has farm in P.A. spent the summers there with my uncles it was hard work. My wife has always had there own pigs and chickens, she had a uncle with a orchard that had bees but that was years ago. I want my kids to have some other knowledge and if this can instill a little with tasing our own meat and hunting and fishing then it is worth every min of time.

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« Reply #25 on: September 22, 2019, 01:27:51 pm »
Phillip - I grew up in cold country, Tapping Maple trees and making Maple Syrup. Mmmm! I have a good friend who grew up in Florida - he swears by sugar cane syrup. All of these are wonderful things! ... I'd love to try your Molasses some day.  :grin:

Jtcmedic - I completely agree. Teaching the children, passing down the old ways, is the greatest investment of time anyone can make.
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Re: New pigs and pen
« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2019, 07:00:20 pm »
Yes, I wish we had, had honey back then also. One thing that we did have, was sorghum molasses!! I mean the real deal! There was a family who had passed the tradition of this sorghum art to its family members,  since before the Cilvil War Days, and brother it was good!!
That is so cool, Phillip.  Sorghum molasses is a mountain tradition around here, although I've never personally had any.  Sorghum was the only real source of sugar for the mountain people back in the old days, other than honey of course.

Jtcmedic - I completely agree. Teaching the children, passing down the old ways, is the greatest investment of time anyone can make.
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« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2019, 10:50:07 am »
Nice job! I used to raise pastured pork. Berkshires and Berkshire/old spot crosses...they did well for us. 
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