Our pigs have grown significantly during the last month, and it was time to let them out into the larger pen. They have been living in a 16′ square pen, and they’ve tilled every inch of it with their noses. The new larger pen is about 80′ by 50′.
The areas we don’t want them to get into have been cordoned off using electrified polycord. These areas include the sides of the barn (we don’t want them chewing on the walls or tunneling), and a section which has both the well pump in it and some buried trash from the previous owners.
One of the pig feeders that we picked up cheap was mounted on two hazel nut posts cut from our property and bolted to a weathered scrap of 3/4″ plywood. We shall see how well the feeding station holds up. At any case, it barely cost us anything to put together.
The pigs soon found the electric wire and tried it out. There was squealing and they ran back to the safety of their pen. It seemed to be a wash, rinse, repeat episode of pigs trying out the wire and then running back to their pen.
They did manage to get into the cordoned off area. We used boiled eggs (which they LOVE) to lead them back out. We added some stakes to the polycord so we hope that tomorrow there will be no pig escapes into the forbidden zone.
Electric fences are a psychological barrier, not a physical one, so it’s good that there is a stout fence all the way around. We felt bad for them getting shocked (one pig bit the cord .. ouch), but they will eventually learn the boundaries and then have lots of fun digging through tons of new soil.