three little pigs

















Three more little pigs joined us last week. Although these three are temporarily being borrowed by a friend of ours over the road (with the best permaculture garden I've ever seen) and an old pumpkin patch to dig up. 

Ness has set them up in a pen made of gates, it's very simple and clever, and a shelter in the form of an old compost bin. Genius. They love it. 

They are making short work on the vines and winning over children with their big ears. 

Happy, busy pigs. Perfect!


7 Comments on “three little pigs

March 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm

nawww hello piggehs!

March 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I wish i had a pet pig, a teacup pet pig!

March 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Ooooh now I want to see this Best Permaculture Garden Ever. Any chance of inveigling your friend into letting you photograph the garden? Do love a spot of armchair permaculture! (So much less exertion involved than engineering one’s own herb spirals…)

Ngo Family Farm
March 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Sweet! I love it!!

March 21, 2012 at 4:17 am

Oh my goodness, I just love pigs when they are this size… so cute! I am trying to convince Hub we need 3 pigs but I don’t think I will be successful until next year. We’re only on 1.3 acres and he is a reluctant farmer but I think he is catching the vision that we can produce a lot of our own food.

I think 3 pigs are the ideal number for small operations. In past years we did pig-shares with the pigs being raised at my friends. We found that one pig was wasteful with the feed and lonely so became troublesome. Two pigs would compete for the feed and so it would all get cleaned up with very little waste and they would keep each other company and occupied. A third pig is hardly any more work so might be able to become cash profit – which would end up recouping the cost of feed for all three.

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Chris in Spokane, WA USA
May 27, 2014 at 5:18 am

I am late to catching on to your blog, which is wonderful! We once had a cute little pig, named “Pork Chop”. We fed him a lot of dairy products, because my husband delivered product to an ice cream specialty restaurant, who generously donated to our efforts! He was one sweet little piggy! Good thing my husband took care of him at a friends farm, or we would never eaten him (I would have become fast friends, I’m sure!). I love your stories. My husband and I are newly empty-nesters looking for property for a small house, with plans of a big beautiful garden, and maybe try another chicken coop. We have a lot of wildlife where we live, so we need to keep the deer and coyotes, and occasional elk out of our garden. Do you have to deal with wildlife, and if so, suggestions from a pro? Keep writing, you are a fantastic writer! Btw, did “Plunker” ever master staying on her roost? =]


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