Are you raising pigs or looking into getting started? You maybe trying to figure out if with all that is going on around your homestead you actually have time to look after pigs. Well, I decided to make things way easier for you by posting this daily task list for raising pigs.
Would you believe me, if I told you that raising pigs is often way easier than taking care of your own dogs. Yep, it is that simple. If you are looking to get some pigs, you may want to get ones that are at least 8 weeks old. They have a stronger immune system, and you save on starter feed.
Here Is Your Daily Task List
Task #1: Pen Inspection
This is usually the first thing you do in the morning. Search the perimeter of the pen, to see if your pigs have not burrowed in areas they shouldn’t and that they are not digging any escape routes etc.
Task #2: Check Water
All this entails is you filling up their waterer, for the day. It is recommended that you have one in your pen, that will last at least 24 hours each time you fill it up. If you can find one that lasts for more days, then all you have to do is just check to make sure it still has some water. Also every 3 days or so, dump out all the water and rinse, before refilling.
Task #3: Check Feed
Again, this is as simple as filling up the feeder with enough feed for at least a day. How much you put will depend on the size of the feeder and the number of pigs you are raising. Keep the feed protected from moisture and rodents, by storing it in enclosed places with lids like garbage cans.
Task #4: Interaction
It is also important that you interact with your pigs daily. The whole family can help with this, doing whatever each one enjoys. From playing with a hose, to raking out the pen and removing any of the waste which is usually in the same general area. If you have wood chips throw it over the waste, that will help neutralize the smell.
Task #5. Monitor Health
Keep an eye out for any health issues. The most common one is worms, and the symptoms include blood in the stool, coughing, pale skin and diarrhea. Not all pigs will get worms, however try to be prepared and know before hand how you are going to treat them.
As you can see from above, there is not too much that you have to do when it comes to raising pigs. Watch their behavior, if it changes it often means something is wrong. For example, if you notice they have stopped eating, drinking water or they are losing weight. Just remember, to try have a lot of fun when raising your pigs. Good luck! 🙂
You can watch the video below on day to day tasks of raising pigs…