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Moving Pigs
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Toni    Posted 05-04-2002 at 20:22:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Before my husband calls in the neighbors to watch my latest antics, I would like to be one step ahead. Dennis has FINALLY completed Pork and Hams' new quarters and they will need to be moved from their present stall in the barn to their outside home. I've read everything from putting a bucket on their head to tying a rope around one hind leg and another around their lower jaw so that one person can lead and the other can steer. So I am coming to the experts. How can I move the pigs without being the entertainment for the night? I am really getting tired of the horses and cows just waiting to see what this greenhorn will do next.

Thanks

Toni


kraig WY    Posted 05-05-2002 at 07:25:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hogs teach us humans two things, Patience and How to Cuss. The Book don't say but I always suspected God use hogs to teach Job Patience. Problems with moving or loading hogs is directly linked with how much of a hurry your in. I'm set up to do all my moving with a large stock trailer. I seperate the critters I want to move in the pen. The park the trailer at the loading pen and put water and feed in the trailer so they load on their own. I gave up entertaining the neighbors loading hogs. I always seem to find some other project for their enjoyment.


Larry    Posted 05-05-2002 at 06:15:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]

My wife and I move pigs across our yard at least 3-4 times a year. Never really had too many problems doing so. When we move the sows or the boar we always wait until feeding time. They're used to being fed out of a bucket,so it's no big trick getting them to follow a bucket of feed. The little pigs we just let out and keep an eye on them. Like Hogman says be ready for some exploring around by the little fellas. Just stand back and keep and let them poke around for a while and ty to keep them from spreading out too much. Then little by little you can coax them on to the direction you want them to go.
It's hard to describe how to do these things without being able to show you. Good luck and have fun.


Les    Posted 05-05-2002 at 03:36:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hogman knows what he's talking about. You will need lots of patience. Don't try to rush anything and don't get upset when things go wrong as they surely will. Soon as the pig thinks it's his idea, everything will go just fine. All this takes time.


Hogman    Posted 05-04-2002 at 23:17:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Toni sounds like You are preparin for tha last sortie of tha savage swine swingers and sadly tha subject systems sent Ya are sorta sorry'uns.
Don't feed em for a day,get a bucket of grub,open tha gate'n just lead em where ever Ya want em ta go.
Be prepared for a lot of frolic'n when They get ta tha great outdoors. They'll be curious about all tha new sights and smells and want to play. Be tolerant of that but keep remindin em of tha bucket of grub. They'll go with Ya.

Point of advice if You don't already know. What ever entry You bring em through will become Thier poopin plot so if Ya want ta be able ta walk in tha front door in clean boots Ya best bring em in tha back door. It's just tha nature of tha varmints. But You knew that already did'nt Ya?!

Now heres another thought and one that works very well. Out of Their stall can They be kept in tha barn? If so start letin em out at feedin time to roam around inside tha barn while You put the feed in. Take Your time, They'll come back in ta eat and if worse comes ta worse just leave tha door open ,They'll go to Their bed. May mean sneakin in at midnight ta close it but what tha heck,You like gettin up at that time anyway for tha critters.Huh? Thing is You can sorta get em ta travel along with You.
We used ta load pigs up and take em for a ride. They loved it and when it came time for market They were eager to get in tha trailer and go.
Good luck to Ya and remember swine are the smartest things Ya have on four laigs. Smarter'n a lot on two!



Hal/WA    Posted 05-04-2002 at 23:08:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is hard to get a hog to do what it doesn't want to. At various times we tried moving them with plywood panels, ropes tying them up and even tried to get a bucket over the head, which I never succeeded in doing. All this activity would get both the people and hogs pretty well stressed out. We had the best luck letting the hogs get pretty hungry and then leading them by carrying a pail of slop feed that had started fermenting a little and smelled good to them. The hogs would follow along until the food was poured into the trough. They would follow just like the whole thing was their idea. You don't mention how big they are--it might not be too safe with really big adults, but it never failed to work with small to market sized hogs for us.


Hogman Hey Hal    Posted 05-04-2002 at 23:25:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did'nt mean ta steal Your thunder there ,You posted whilest I was typin so You are not included in My referance to info She had recieved.

I love Them old hogs and miss em sorely.


Hal/WA    Posted 05-06-2002 at 21:22:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
No problem at all. I enjoyed raising hogs myself. But I found that I could buy pork for a lot less than I could raise it and have it processed for. I do worry about what the commercially raised hogs have been fed, but with my situation, it just didn't pay. But I do miss the company of the hogs!


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