Homestead Animals

The Complete Guide to Raising Pigs in your Backyard

I’m finally doing it! The complete guide to raising pigs in your backyard. One of my family’s true passions is livestock (even though I always seem to focus on gardening in the blog)! With several years of experience under my belt, I am hoping to share some wisdom with anyone just getting started with homestead pigs.

The Series!

This is way too much information to share in a single blog post, so I’m breaking it up into five digestible chunks. I will be covering:

  1. The Benefits, Myths and Downside of Keeping Pigs
  2. Choosing the Right Pig Breed for your Homestead
  3. A Glossary of Pig Farming Terminology
  4. Raising Pigs: Housing, Fencing and Supplies
  5. The Process and Timeline of Raising Meat Pigs

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To learn more about how we got started with raising pigs, check out “Our Homesteading Story”.

Are pigs in your future? I definitely hope so. If you love homestead pigs, give a shout out in the comments!

7 thoughts on “The Complete Guide to Raising Pigs in your Backyard”

  1. It takes a different person to raise hogs, someone that doesn’t mind talking to pigs since they do understand and accept that some animals are not stupid whatsoever. I look at it as if I where stuck in a pigs body what would I try and do to get what I want ? It has helped me insanely with keeping them happy and inside there pen. Happy pigs means happy home, and garden and everywhere they want to roam. We take them out for a walk as a family 1 or 2 times a week its fun, we go after dinner or before and they will wallow Ina mud hole rooting then when it gets close to dark they either go back in pen for there grain and some dinner leftovers from the fridge. We do this so they have about 2 or 3 hours before dark so they get enough time to feel as if they do get freedom. I give them a talk before butcher time, that they are living for a purpose and there whole life up until now was to make sure there at there very best they can be that they got a good life with Mudd and roots and the most important thing was that they where loved by a family, they had freedom they where named and they got there bellies rubbed and sometimes tucked in at night with an old blanket. Most pigs live in a jail cell of cement there whole life and never get Mudd or anything but grain and definitely no love and freedom or treats on holidays. They sqeuak at me and nudge me and they smile and some will look really sad. 300 to 400 pound pigs are so smart

  2. I’m sorry, but even though pigs are smart animals, they can never understand a thing if you try to talk with them lol. That is not normal. But I agree that we should take good care of the pigs we are growing, treating them properly as pigs.

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