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Re: Raising pigs in the forest

Post by Harvey_Birdman on Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:23 am

Folks used to buy a hog and a sow, mark thier ears, turn them loose in the forest, and let nature take its course. Then the next fall they would round up all the little ones, and pin them in to fatten them up to market weight. This way cuts down on feed, and the need to take care of the stock until the produced offspring. It was very helpfull to homesteaders who already had a lot of daily chorse to do.

However, the major issue is that some could not be recought. The ones that remained in the forest went ferral, and multiplied. This is why wild hogs are such an issue today. These thing have large litters, and no natural prediters. Today in many parts of the country they are a real issue causing all kinds of crop and land damage. In some areas they are thined out buy flying over the herd in a helicopter with a mechine gun.

If you are concidering raiseing pigs in the wild, check you state laws it is illegal in most states.

I hope this helps!

God bless,
Chad
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Post by Rohn on Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:02 am

Make sure of a good fence to keep them in with. A place hunting preserve I know of in PA had their hogs get out and they went wild. Twice they have had to pay for the damage their hogs have done to other peoples property. Even though the hogs have now are wild and a couple of years went by the original owners were still held accountable.
I do think it would be a good idea to let them in the woods to forage as long as you can keep them in.
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Post by dizzy on Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:27 am

Just remember, they do root. So, they can do an incredible amount of damage to even mature trees.

Maybe what you could do is let them in for a certain amount of time each day, but have them come when you call them. I know I can do that w/my chickens, and pigs are much smarter, so I'm sure you can train them to do it.

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Re: Raising pigs in the forest

Post by Harvey_Birdman on Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:58 am

dizzy wrote:Just remember, they do root. So, they can do an incredible amount of damage to even mature trees.

Maybe what you could do is let them in for a certain amount of time each day, but have them come when you call them. I know I can do that w/my chickens, and pigs are much smarter, so I'm sure you can train them to do it.

This is how we do it around here. We use electric fences, and put them in a pin at night. Also, you will need to keep sows with little ones in a pin that is owl proof. Owls will carry off the little ones, and eat them.
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