Some months ago Ebey Farm wrote about the passersby who stop and watch his pigs. It made me smile at the time, and about a month later we got our weaner pigs. Time passed and finally our pigs got brave and started rooting in the pen. Their pen is by the side of a road.
The next thing we know we have people in cars rubber necking and reversing to get a better look, school children staring out of the bus, and neighbors taking detours on walks to stand near the fence and watch them. All the interest in our pigs got me thinking. I, too, had never seen a pig in real life (in my memory) other than at the county fair. Lee grew up in Indiana so he occasionally saw pig farms, but certainly never pigs on grass. Here in Oregon, you will commonly see cows, sheep, horses, lamas, alpacas, and chickens but not pigs. It’s funny that such a common part of the American diet is such an uncommon part of the American landscape.
I’ll admit to rubber necking at uncommon animals just as much as the next person. Someone a few miles from us has an emu, and I always look for it as we drive by as it’s not always in the field. When we lived in Phoenix, there was a house in town with a single Bison in their yard. Every time I saw it I was nearly jumping up and down in my seat and giggling, because you just don’t expect such a big hairy animal within city limits. Near Aggie’s breeder up toward Sweet Home there is a whole herd of Belted Galloway cows. I love those cows. They are pretty uncommon, and those were the first I had ever seen in real life. I wouldn’t mind having one of them in our field.
(Hint hint -> Lee)
Since the pigs are getting out more for some daily rooting we are hoping they will do some damage to the resident blackberry vines that live in a corner of the pen. You will occasionally see people online mention using pigs for clearing brush, blackberries, and stumps. I guess what we really should have done is set up a pen at the front of our house, drilled some holes around the two cedar stumps, filled them with corn, and let the pigs at it. I’m sure that would have caused at least one fender bender.
Hmm, our pigs don’t really seem sparking clean like those fancy magazine cover photos.
Today a neighbor brought by some of their old pumpkins so the pigs and the chickens got an extra treat.
We still have 5 pumpkins of our own to feed to the pigs, but we had to give one of the new ones to the chickens. They always seem more appreciative because they pick the skins clean.