A microfarm in Lebanon, Oregon.
Slice of heaven.
Cougars, coyotes, deer, turkeys.
PIgs of the edible variety. Cats.

Pigs Can Fly Ranch

Welcome

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings."

–Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass and  What Alice Found There (1872)

News

Five pigs gone to butcher

Trailer training

By Nancy Hildebrandt | 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

By Nancy Hildebrandt | 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.

By Nancy Hildebrandt | 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

By Nancy Hildebrandt | 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

By Nancy Hildebrandt | 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

By Nancy Hildebrandt | 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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