Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Nov 14, 2015
We had two pigs. They were 2-3 months old when we got them. If I remember one thing about them is that they were energetic, at least wen they were awake. They would try an eat anything, plow the grown with their noses, test the durability of the fence that surrounded them and sometimes compete between them for the food.
Once plowing the ground and taking advantage of the weakened part of the fence the managed to get out. Before i could understand that they went out, they had destroyed halve of the plants of my back yard. However the real adventure started when I tried to put them back in. They like you if you bring them food but if you approach them empty handed they start running and you cannot catch a pig.
Their escape and terror on the back yard was repeated a couple of times until we decided to transfer them at my uncle’s farm. He had a proper pig farm, confined with a solid fence and practical structures.
After seeing the difference between our infrastructures I can say that you need a strong enclosure to keep them in. Also it has to have different (sort of) rooms if you intend to keep many with different ages between them. The bigger ones don’t leave any food to the small ones otherwise. Also if the female is pregnant it needs her own space. It is good for cleanliness purposes too.
If you have the place where they will stay the only concerns are food and the smell. They eat a lot, practically everything that you feed them. On the other hand that is a good think because they can make your organic garbage disappear. As for the smell, just keep them away from where you live ant it should be fine.
Despite their meat being very tasty, pigs require a lot of work and I would say go for it only if you are prepared to do so not just for the adventure.