Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Aug 17, 2014
I really enjoyed working with this particular pig. He was very calm and friendly. Although he was quite large, I never felt threatened being in his pen with him. He got along very well with other animals, especially a pygmy goat that shared a pen with him for about a year. It was also nice because we could feed him just about whatever, Being that there were 4 small children under the age of 8 in the home, there were a LOT of left-overs after meals that Ducky-Pig devoured. He also ate a lot of fruits and veggies. He was very gentle with the children, who often liked to hose him down on hot days so he could roll in the mud. Occasionally we would let him out to roam the yard, and he was very easy to guide back into his pen. Cons of having a Berkshire pig included the fact that he could get noisy at times, not too often but every now and then he could really get going! Of course, he's a pig, so he's usually pretty dirty, meaning the kids would come in covered in mud after playing with him. He also required food & water everyday along with attention. Pigs are very smart animals and need some type of stimulation or else they get bored and unhappy. For example, we were very busy the week of one of the kids birthdays, we were rarely home and just fed all the animals and left each day. Toward the end of the week, Ducky-Pig had broken out of his fenced in enclosure. This happened a couple other times, I believe it is because he is strong, smart, & bored! Berkshire pigs are a great animal to have, as long as you are able to properly care for them.