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  1. Pot Belly Pigs for a Small Country Place

    PinnkPiggy, one of our newer members, recently joined up to ask some questions about keeping a pot bellied pig on a small tract of country land. Has the fad passed? Are Pot Bellied pigs good for food? Come to this thread to find out more on what the pig experts think when bringing a pot bellied pig home to your small country estate. [URL]https://www.pigforum.com/f9/pot-belly-pigs-small-country-place-78/[/URL]
  2. Weight of Side After Processing

    As many of us look for alternatives to the standard super market, we are seeing questions directed at us by incoming pig buyers, looking to buy processed pigs. Buying a processed pig is a great way to reduce your grocery bill, but do you have the space for it? After processing, the side can come in at over 800 lbs of meat. That's a lot of meat for most of our fridges and freezers, so come by our discussion to see if this option is right for you....
  3. Pigs you Raise

    How did you get started raising pigs? How did you decide which breed to go with? Many members join us looking for answers to these very questions, and with your help we will get them answered. This thread covers the basics, what breed you are raising now, which breed you started with, and which breeds you will be moving onto in the future. Stop by and add your two cents! [URL]https://www.pigforum.com/f10/type-pigs-raised-3/[/URL]
  4. Maintaining Drinkers

    Recently one of our members found a drinker online and was asking who manufactured it. Having waterers or drinkers on your property is a great way to minimize the time you spend refilling and knowing where you can get your spare parts is a must! Where did you get your drinker? Do you have spare parts? Follow this link to see what others are using, and to add your watering system! [URL]https://www.pigforum.com/f15/who-made-drinker-87/[/URL]
  5. Help Your Pig Live a Clean Lifestyle

    In Islamic belief, the pig is considered unclean because it is perceived that the animal will eat anything, which is why Muslims are forbidden to eat pig products of any kind. The same can be said in the Jewish community, where the pig is not considered kosher. In some countries, villagers will set up outside rest areas where pigs will eat any defecated matter below. Across the world, pigs have been perceived as dirty animals, but it is only because of domestic farming that pigs have gained...
  6. Healthy Ingredients for Your Pig

    In my last article, I touched upon some nutritious feed ingredients pigs need to stay healthy. Farm animal feed comprises a large portion of our national corn supply, but certain types are not always good for your pig. For pigs 100 pounds and over, they need feed that is 80 percent carbs and roughly 20 percent protein. Meats can also be an essential part of the diet, since pigs are omnivores. And you must also keep vitamins and nutrients in mind. Pigs need the same nutrients as humans....
  7. Pig Profile: Babirusa

    Feral pigs have been in the news as of late because of their growing presence around the country. But have you ever wondered about other feral pigs around the world? Babirusas are not considered nuisance pigs, and they are now a protected species. I've always been fascinated by this pig since I did research on them over seven years ago. They are especially interesting because of their tusk curvature and sharp, lower teeth. These pigs are native to the Togian islands of Indonesia: Sula,...
  8. Round Up Your Hog!

    If you live in a wide open landscape, spotting pigs should not be hard, since they prefer to be in open areas. If you notice your pig is gone and cannot see it, simply keep your ears open for any pig noises in the vicinity, and scan open areas. A runaway pig won't be hard to find. If the pigs lives in an enclosed area, you can use treats to lure the animal back to its pen. Use treats or food that the pig will love and set up a small trail for it to follow back into its living area. Longer...
  9. China's Pig Problem

    Imagine yourself talking a stroll up to the river only to find the water is murky black, with rotting pig carcasses floating at your feet. According to eye witness accounts, mutilated pigs have been spotted with their organs exposed, and dead piglets were a common sight. This is daily life for some villagers in certain Chinese provinces. If you've been following international news for the past year, you already know about the thousands upon thousands of rotting pigs that have been floating...
  10. Garbage Eaters of Egypt

    In the western world, we tend to take garbage collection for granted, but many communities throughout the world have found innovative ways of reducing and recycling refuse. Take Egypt, for instance, a country that uses pigs to reduce excess waste from city to city. But there's more to this story than meets the eye as Egypt struggles with political and ethnic tensions. Since 2011, mountains of garbage have accumulated due to ongoing protests and lacking public services. Pigs have...
  11. Ancient Egyptian Pigs

    Have you ever thought of the pig as a symbol of good luck? The ancient Egyptians once thought so, and their body parts were thought to have healed major ailments. In my previous article about pigs in Egypt, I highlighted the plight of Coptic Christians who use pigs to clean up Egypt's mounting garbage. But let's rewind all the way back to ancient Egypt. Hog Worship The pig has always held a prominent role in Egyptian history before Christians and Arabs came to coexist in this ancient...
  12. How Dangerous Are Pigs?

    There's no doubt that feral pigs pose a danger to humans, but how about your average, domesticated pig? You won't find many articles on domestic pigs that went on rampages, but there has been a recent case where a wild 600 pound pig injured a woman while feeding livestock on her property in England. A pig is just like any other animal, and will lash out if feeling cornered or mistreated. In general, domestic pigs are not dangerous, but they can bite, since they are natural foragers. And...
  13. New Virus Affecting Piglets

    There tends to be overreaction from media and government officials upon word of a swine-related disease spreading rapidly. The swine flu panic that took place in 2009 was supposed to be the virus that would spread uncontrollably around the world, but this proved to be a false alarm. There have been numerous cases of pig viruses, but very of them posed a real threat to the public. And even though the pig diseases hasn't harmed humans on a major level, these types of diseases are still...
  14. Common Diseases in Pigs

    Pigs are susceptible to infections, and diseases can mean huge losses, when you are keeping small or big herds. Here is a list of common pig diseases and health conditions, and the ways you can improve chances of your pig survival by paying attention to the symptoms and providing the required medical attention. Worms Pigs can be infected with roundworms and tapeworms. Roundworms thrive in the pig's gut, whereas tapeworms live in the pig's muscles. Roundworms can damage the liver and lungs...
  15. Keeping a Pig as a Pet in Your Home

    A pig inside the home? Such an idea could be revolting for many people, but there are quite a few people who appreciate the personality and intelligence of pigs, and would not mind having one at home as a pet. Pigs can make outstanding pets provided you have the right expectations and you know how to train and take care of them. Tremendous Pets Some people who have tried to keep pigs as pets have found that they are quite demanding animals and their requirements became overwhelming....
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