It’s been a month since I shared my frustration of our pigs not gaining weight. I started to add more hog feed to their mix of corn and sweet feed. We also butchered one during the holiday. I see a difference now, especially with the group that’s together. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with our mild winter weather, or the fact that I upped the ratio of hog feed.
Whatever it is, it’s working, and I feel much better about their feeding routine now.
The male here with three females (four before) is looking good so far. He was the skinniest, and one I was really concerned about.
I will continue to feed them this ratio until Spring. I will have to change the feed for my girls that are getting bred. Precious will start to get a different supplement once I figure out what the best feed for gestating sows is.
The boar that was with Precious has been moved over to these two girls. I noticed the white female on Friday was in season. I hope we didn’t miss her window! I also noticed the spotted one looks like she may be coming into season now. I’ll keep an eye on them!
He is also starting to look much better. I know the males have a tougher time keeping up their weight because they spend their time chasing females, even when they’re not in season.
These two girls are fast becoming my favorites. Among the pigs we have of this same size, they are the two friendliest. Precious and Big Momma are very friendly and like to be petted. The others not so much. I spend a lot of time with these two so they get used to my presence. Sometimes, they run around happily when they see me coming. It is so cute watching them zoom around! The white boar is also friendly. I need to come up with a name for him and start training him to come to me when called. He does follow me with a scoop full of feed when I need to move him, but if I train him better It’ll make moving him to the females much easier!
I’m hoping we continue to see progress and that all of my girls get bred for spring babies!
Until next time, God Bless!