Our new pigs are sure keeping us on our toes! We are already learning so much about pig behavior, which is good, because we are definitely pig rookies.
We have finally decided on two Japanese names, Natsu ("summer") and Momo ("pink"). A little investigating and we discovered that they are Hampshires (why we didn't ask their pig farmer, I'll never know). Apparently Hampshires are known for being little rascals that like to get into heaps of trouble.
I was a little concerned that our piggies were sleeping too much (at least half the time), but that seems to be somewhat normal, according to what I read. They grunt all the time, much more than I expected. By all the time, I mean pretty much every inhale/exhale, except when they are sleeping. They get kinda crazy when we go into the pen, running around in circles and chasing each other, which the dogs absolutely love- they join in the fun! Momo and Natsu love to bite on our boots, which could turn into a bit of a problem- we might have to train them out of that. But for now, we think it's cute!
Pig poop talk time... so if you aren't up to it, I would stop reading here. Pig poop is the stinkiest poop I've ever encountered! I mean, really, really stinky! We have decided to clean the pig pen daily. Most pigs will poop in the same area, but not so much with our little Hampshires (apparently, this is characteristic). They poop everywhere! They even pooped in their house, which is supposed to be a big no-no with pigs. Maybe they'll learn....
We also are busy keeping their water fresh, because pigs need lots of FRESH water, even more so than they need fresh food. A pig can go longer without food than without water (like humans).
Our pigs have already figured out the electric fence, and only very rarely do they get zapped. (By the way, we tested the electric fence on ourselves- it only seemed fair!)
We are not feeding our pigs table scraps yet. They are still too young. Hampshires tend to have sensitive stomachs, so we were told, especially when they are young. We'll see how it goes.
Eagerly awaiting Day 3 with our new piggies....