East Sussex, United Kingdom
Posted Dec 01, 2012
My parents decided to start rearing pigs when they moved to a farm with a substantial amount of land, in the countryside. Pigs are fun to keep, for children and adults, but do require some dedication from their owners.
Our pigs eat most of our leftovers (so they are ecologically friendly), as well as apples and acorns. When anyone approaches their pen, they snort and snuffle madly in anticipation of their imminent meal. They love to roll around in mud, but this is about as much exercise as they get so they grow fat very quickly.
There have been some hilarious moments around the pig pen. When the pigs were young, we used to go in to pet them. Once, my younger brother left the gate open, and one of the piglets escaped. None of us realised how fast they could run; we all laughed uncontrollably watching my mum hurtle round the outside of the pen, chasing the escaped piglet.
Adult pigs are pretty hardy to the cold weather, although one of our pigs died one year during a particularly cold spell. They can also be extremely strong and quite vicious, so I wouldn't recommend them as a household pet!