Pig Pros and Cons?

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by Itsacutefuzzball, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. Itsacutefuzzball

    Itsacutefuzzball Pig Wanter

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    I don't have pigs, and probably won't for a while, but I was wondering about the pros and cons about having pigs. Also, is there any difference between raising from piglets and raising from adults? And which breeds would be the best for pet purposes? Thank you in advance! :)
     
  2. Itsacutefuzzball

    Itsacutefuzzball Pig Wanter

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    Anyone on?...


    Love animals, be confused with people.
    ~Itsacutefuzzball
     

  3. Andi

    Andi New Member

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    So you are looking for a pet not food?

    Right ...
     
  4. Itsacutefuzzball

    Itsacutefuzzball Pig Wanter

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    That was not worded correctly... What I meant is a friendly pig, meat would be a bonus. (Mmm... Bacon!)
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2013
  5. Andi

    Andi New Member

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    I would go with a piglet and barrow. (Barrow, male pig castrated before puberty)

    I've never had a mean one. (but keep in mind any critter of any size can hurt you, given a mind to.) The only pig, I have ever had to turn on me was a sow. (an adult female) She didn't have little ones at the time but out of the blue she grabbed me by my ankle. A two by four to her head and she went on to the field. Then she went to the freezer a few days later.
     
  6. CesumPec

    CesumPec New Member

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    Pros -

    1. compared to other farm stock, you get more pigs per birth and they are among the fastest to slaughter weight.
    2. If you are small scale, you can displace a lot of purchased feed with kitchen scraps/garden wastes/found food bread stores/restaurants/groceries etc
    3. friendly pigs are a joy to be around, and will make you laugh
    4. bacon
    5. ham
    6. tenderloin
    7. bacon again
    8. as long as you have a pully or loader, it is fairly easy to home butcher a 200 - 350 lb pig and it will fit in your chest freezer
    9. can be pen raised in a small space or pasture raised to help offset feed costs


    Cons -

    1. they smell bad if you don't give them a large area or a lot of carbonaceous material to soak up urine & manure.
    2. They will eat you if given the chance and are not properly trained.
    3. if the neighbors want to make trouble for you and the law is not on your side, pigs are probably the worst animal to have
    4.

    I'm not creative enough today. I'll let others add to this list
     
  7. Itsacutefuzzball

    Itsacutefuzzball Pig Wanter

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    Eat me??!!! :eek:


    Love animals, be confused with people.
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  8. JohnWalters

    JohnWalters New Member

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    Pigs get into everything. If you have a barn make sure it can get closed up real good.