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The cycle of life

February 8, 2020

I took two pigs to the butcher in January, to be greatly enjoyed by friends/customers. In this instance, these are the first two of my butchered pigs that were born and raised here. Much as I enjoy and love my pigs, they are very much a part of a cycle of life for me. As…

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Pigs Can Fly Ranch pork chops

Reserve your pasture-fed pork by Dec. 31!

December 18, 2019

Sale: Farm-to-table pork, reserve now! Only 1/2 pig left, approx. 45 lbs. hanging weight, reserve before Jan. 14! Do you love pork but have a small freezer? I have small heritage breed pigs to sell on the hoof, going to butcher in mid-January and ready to pick up from the butcher in February. These are…

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Pigs eating a pumpkin

Pumpkin soccer

November 9, 2019

Quick how many pig expressions related to eating can you think while you watch this pumpkin fest? This was a GIANT pumpkin brought by two friends from their farm.

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Tammy and piggies

Another visit from Tammy

October 22, 2019

Tammy came in October to see the piggies again. There are lots more piglets since last time she came, though they’re growing fast. I also got a new scratcher in the meantime.

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Clare the pig whisperer

The Pig Whisperer

September 29, 2019

There’s currently a preponderance of smaller pigs: besides one boar and two sows, there are 6 teenagers and 11 piglets. They are heritage breeds, so all of them are pretty small as pigs go. Yesterday there was a rather large group of people here for a gathering, and there’s a natural inclination to go where…

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Portable mud bath

The piglet days of summer

August 6, 2019

Princess farrowed 11 piglets on June 24, and it was unsurprising that two were already dead when I found her nest shortly after giving birth. I don’t think she has that many teats, and even 9 is a huge number for a small heritage breed. Normally I’d have closed the connecting gate into that pasture…

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Heavy rain on the way

Life ends, life begins

May 21, 2019

It’s been a while since my last post. Winter ended with a bang here: over a foot of snow for over a week in February and March, then suddenly some sunny warm weather, then a few days of torrential rains and bad flooding of large rivers like the Willamette, then very warm sunny weather for…

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Piglets outside with Princess

Day 10: A passle of piglets

January 6, 2019

Log since piglets were born on December 23: December 24. All eight piglets accounted for in the morning, but by evening I counted only 7. The corpse showed up in the shelter a few days later. December 27. The vet came out to castrate whichever piglets were unfortunate enough to be born male. Most people…

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Princess's second suckle

Piglets for Christmas!

December 23, 2018

It’s been a very windy and wet day, and I went out to feed this afternoon. In the rainy weather I feed the pigs inside their roomy dry shelter, and the ritual is that the group stays outside the shelter gate while I dump their food inside, then I wait until they get a little…

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Princess and her farrowing hut

Princess has a palace!

December 22, 2018

Pasture pigs are so easy. Moms do all the farrowing work themselves, making their own nest away from the others. When Momma disappeared for a day last July, I spent a day looking for her. I finally found her and three new piglets under a blackberry thicket. I know that Princess should be farrowing right…

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