But our pig doesn't live with us. We decided that she would have more fun spending the summer with other pigs at pig camp. This camp touts a large yard where she can run free, play flash light tag and do a ropes course and zip line (not pictured). They also serve organic sides in addition to the daily menu of grain. And! The pig gets to sleep in an A-frame cabin with all her piggy buddies.
our pig is on the left
We weren't too sure about the co-ed sleeping arrangements at first but seeing as this is her only summer (ever)....
Did I just write that?
Okay. Well, the real(er) story is that we have some wonderful neighbors who wanted to get pigs and heard that we had talked about it in the past. They have a super, fenced in yard that used to be a large garden connected to a smaller yard with a A-frame shed where our previous neighbor kept Ham (a pig). Our neighbors help out at a vegetable farm where they have access to organic vegetable seconds which can be brought home to supplement the pigs' feed.
How perfect is all of that?!
So we occasionally walk over and visit our pig although we don't want to get close. She's a 50 pound cross between a Yorkshire and a Hampshire. And pigs can be quite dangerous as they get larger. Ham was 455 pounds at the end of his life.
The big question remains. Once she's ready for butchering will we do it ourselves (with the help of a friend who has done it before) or have it done? Have you ever butchered your own pig? And if so, would you recommend it?
Also, she has yet to receive a name. If you feel strongly about a good pig name, make yourself (and the name) known. Pin It