by Casey Spivey
3 Vital Factors For Raising Pigs At Home Easily
Raising a few pigs at home can be a rewarding family project. To begin, feeder pigs are purchased as weaned piglets at 68 weeks old. They are raised to market weight, 200250 pounds, at about 6 months of age. They should be healthy and in good condition when purchased. Characteristics to look for include smooth hair coat, pink skin color and alertness. Feeder pigs should weigh about 40 pounds at purchase.
3 Vital Factors For Raising Pigs At Home:
A pig will drink 24 gallons of water a day. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times. There are many types of automatic waterers available, or you can simply provide a tub of water. Watering systems should be checked and cleaned regularly, especially during warm weather. If a water tub is provided secure it firmly as pigs will root under it and spill the contents.