I have pigs. They are grass-fed; they range freely in the pastures, get nice and fat on the acorns, and are turned into bacon in the fall. My pigs get pretty tame as I handle them daily. They have a mud wallow, a pig pool, a small shed filled with straw, and their own stall in my barn.
All in all, a good life for a pig.
I bring the pigs, goat and horses into the barn in the morning, and they loll about in the cool stalls until the afternoon.
Pigs go in first. Open the gate, let them in the stall, close and latch the stall. Then Mr. Goat goes in his stall. Then the 3 Stooges (horses) go in theirs.
I ride, do chores and whatnot throughout the day.
Imagine my surprise when I walk down to the barn and there is a loose pig wandering around the barnyard. She sees me and runs towards me, grunting hello.
Hmmmmm.... what is she doing out? Oh my - she must have rushed past me in the morning and dashed out the other door and I never saw her. Well well, jokes on me, pay more attention tomorrow.
Next day, same scenario. Except this time I triple check that all the pigs are In Their Stall. Yup - all present and accounted for.
I go down to the barn for evening chores, and am greeted by the same pig. A very happy, gregarious pig, who has spent God knows how long wandering the barnyard.
I'm like -WTF?
I triple checked everything. How did she get out?
I turn everyone out and check the door - a regular stall door 4 feet high.
THAT PIG JUMPED OUT OF THE STALL.
I see some marks on the inside of the door, and a smear of dirt on the top of the door.
She must leap, haul herself up and over the darn door, land, and enjoy the rest of her day.
I knew pigs could jump. I've seen it. But this takes the cake. I'd really like to see her as she's escaping; maybe I can find someone with a webcam or something.
True story. Swear to God. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I realized how she did it.
Oh, good idea. I think my friend's husband has a motion activated one. Wonder if he'd let me borrow it. I'll see them Saturday and I'll ask.
I'm dying to know exactly how she is managing to get out of that stall. And why. Boredom?
Catersun - my pigs have no names but you are welcome to come up with one for this gilt.
I googled to see if there was any information on how high pigs can jump and I came up with a link to a video of a pig jumping on a trampoline. Evidently I am not the only person with a creative pig problem.
I wonder what the horses think of all this commotion. The Free Horse, as usual, is infatuated with the pigs.
Waterwitch - I buy feeders and finish them here. I purchase the feeders from a neighbor. I've toyed with the thought of keeping a sow.
Vindicated - Sorry but the pigs have been sold already.
Originally Posted by Frank B
Know any deer hunters that might have a trail scouting camera you could borrow? The better ones will take video clips.