Posted 8/1/2020 22:53 (#8409897 - in reply to #8409830) Subject: RE: First Hogs not growing
captnG - 8/1/2020 22:03
Here's my hypothesis.
First I maybe got the pigs to early, and maybe they were still suckling on their mother, and I interrupted a crucial growing stage. I maybe should have waited for them to get a little bigger. They were plenty big when you got them. 35-40 lbs
Second, I started them on too low of a protein source, and then diluted that down with filler and a time when they needed it the most. This is your main issue. Fifth, I have a huge concrete fenced in area for them to run, all of 50' x 50'. I think I gave them to much space, so what they ate, they burned off quickly running around. Unlikely
Now like I said they are very happy and healthy, but very very small for where they could be, what do you guys think of my hypothesis? Do you think I stand any chance of butchering a sizeable hog in November or December like I had planned? Any more information or wisdom would be very much appreciated! I like the idea of raising at least a couple outdoor hogs a year for my own use. I can't stomach confinement raised hog, I've worked in those buildings, and all I taste is the stink when I eat it. Good for you raising your own food! Everyone should try raising animals and growing a garden. They will find out how hard it is to get a quality product and will appreciate a good, safe, nutritious product in the future.