Rowan and the Pigs

I forgot to latch the gate to the pigs’ pasture and they figured out how to open it. So for the second time this year they were able to join our goats and Rowan (the horse) in their pasture.

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It’s a pig jailbreak, into the forbidden pasture

The pigs seemed to enjoy the company of the other animals, but the feeling wasn’t mutual.  The goats were indifferent about their presence and Rowan was downright indignant.

When I discovered what had happened, Rowan was chasing them around and trying to bite their tails.  The pigs seemed to be regarding it as a game and they enjoyed playing.  Rowan was not amused.

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Rowan chasing a pig, while the other pigs trot along beside him joining in the fun.

Before the situation deteriorated further I was able to get the pigs back to their own pasture.  All it took was the sight of me with a bucket of feed and they galloped home joyfully.

This time I latched the gate and, for good measure, ran electricity to it.  After they push their wet noses into an electrified gate once, they never try to open it again.

Rowan is relieved to have them back where they belong.

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20 comments on “Rowan and the Pigs

  1. beeholdn says:

    I’m glad they enjoyed a little holiday 🙂

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  2. Joanna says:

    So they didn’t try remodelling the pasture first then?

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    • Bill says:

      They weren’t in there long enough. They spent their time messing with the horse instead.

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      • Joanna says:

        A very good job 😀 There was an article on the BBC recently about feral pigs in Louisiana. It did make me laugh that some in the scientific professions were talking about the feral pigs being riddled with disease and may eventually be so numerous they will affect the groundwater supplies. I have read in one academic paper that there is a debate as to which are the animals riddled with disease, the feral or the domestic and which gives diseases to which – a good point when most domestic pigs are kept in such confines that they need antibiotics to keep them well. As you know, giving them freedom leads to healthier pigs that can deal with disease – until they get too numerous like they do here and then disease is rapidly transmitted. As for becoming so numerous they will affect groundwater, I wonder what scientific thinking has gone into that conclusion, not any I have read for sure. Here’s the link, but it is not for the squeamish who dislike hunting http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29747529

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  3. Buffy says:

    That would be a major disaster at our place. My daughter’s horse is terrified of pigs! But don’t you love the power of the feed bucket!

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    • Bill says:

      We never put our pigs on pasture until they’ve been tamed in a barn stall. By the time they go out there they associate me with food and will come to me when I call. We’d never catch them otherwise!

      Rowan wasn’t afraid of the pigs. He just didn’t want them in his pasture.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    Those pigs really do just want to have fun. It seems there might be a relationship between their response to the tractor and to Rowan. I think it’s called “Catch Me if You Can.”

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    • Bill says:

      Notice in the photo (which admittedly isn’t very good) that while he’s chasing one of them, the other are running alongside him. It was clear that they considered it play, making it all the more frustrating for Rowan.

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  5. It’s a good thing greed trumps most things with pigs, or we’d never get them into trailers, or through gates, or into barns…not on our time, anyway.

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  6. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Getting zapped in the schnoz? Now THAT would smart!! (Bad enough getting it in the butt through damp coveralls; )
    But, poor Rowan; it’s a good thing they’re not vindictive (and that’s a whole new twist on piggy in the middle, hey?: )

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    • Bill says:

      That’s why pigs are so easy to train to an electric fence. They like pushing their snouts up against things. It only takes only little zap to the nose and they stay clear of the fence after that. 🙂

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      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Lol! I hadn’t thought of this in years, but my cousins used to dare each other (and my little brother) to pee on the Hotwire… (Goofs that they were; )

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  7. Oh those fun-loving’ pigs – they crack me up! Sorry to laugh at your expense Rowan…

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  8. avwalters says:

    You have the potential for a pig-herding horse! I always found that the magic of carrying a bucket worked to summon livestock.

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  9. Ru says:

    haha Johnny’s post is a ripper! These are really some pigs after my own heart. I wish they were mine 🙂

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