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Piglets need TWO food bowls now

Inflection point

May 15, 2021

Until now, Pigs Can Fly Ranch has raised small heritage pigs, of the American Guinea Hog and Kune Kune variety. These little pigs took a year and a half to reach market weight, which was only 75-95 lbs. hanging weight. Faster growth with more feed meant more lard for these breeds. Like many fine things,…

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Five pigs gone to butcher

Trailer training

March 30, 2021

Pigs are not prey animals, so if you’re used to skittish horses, this ain’t that. Park trailer in pasture. Leave truck attached. Open trailer doors, put down feed at far end from door. They may or may not be hesitant but the smell of feed quickly wins out. Next feeding, shut the door for a…

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Pigs looking like dogs on peg legs

Pig farming in the dormant season

December 25, 2020

It’s such a relief when fall comes. The grass and weeds become manageable and local harvests of various types of produce result in what must be the pigs’ favorite time of year. Then we move into November, when Oregon’s Willamette Valley weather retards thoughts of big outdoor projects. Days are short, the pigs sleep a…

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Tiny and Tiny Jr.

Tiny and Tiny Jr.

June 9, 2020

Besides the 12 piglets that were born to Flower and P2 in early April (see¬†Extended family), about a week later a new piglet appeared in the lower pasture where the herd had been separated from the two sows. I came to realize that one of the smallest members of the herd, a teenager who was…

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Sunbathing on Day 6

Extended family

May 5, 2020

Another first: two sows farrowed on the same day, April 3. The first, Flower, has a lot of experience but never has more than three piglets at a time. The second, who I call P2 because she’s the daughter of my first kune kune sow Princess, farrowed for the first time and had 9 piglets!…

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InterimGeorge snd Market finishing off

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 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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