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This little piggy finally came home — Wild About Chickens
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This little piggy finally came home

by Annie Janauer on January 3, 2009

in Funny Animal Stories, backyard farm, mini farm, piglets, pigs, raising pigs

A few years back Gerald and I decided we should raise a few piglets for meat. We have a neighbor who raised a female for meat but fell in love with her as a pet and decided to keep her and breed her. They live only a half a mile up the road from us so we decided to buy three of her piglets. (By the way our neighbor named the sow Pork Chop). When our neighbor let us know that Pork Chop was expecting we got right to work preparing a place for our piglets. We have an old very decrepit barn with a dirt floor on our property (I helped build it when I was a teenager but that is another story) we planned to use it to house our piglets. Part of the siding on the barn was conveniently torn away providing an almost square 3 x 3 ft opening into the barn. Inside the Barn on one side of this opening we dug (did I say the floor was dirt? I should have said boulder.) holes for vertical posts to which we attached horizontal 1 x 4 in boards about 3 inches from the ground and 4 inches apart. Outside of this opening in the barn we did the same thing. We added a little gate in the pen on the outside of the barn and we spread concrete (which we mixed ourselves in a wheel barrow) inside the pen inside the barn. The finished product was not pretty but it was functional. So our piglets were going to have a nice little yard outside the barn where they could root around in the dirt and get some sunshine and a nice little area inside the barn with a concrete floor (easier to clean) where they could escape the weather and the sun. We purchased large rubber bowls for their food and water and hay for their bedding. We were ready!
Our piglets came home on a very beautiful spring morning about 9 AM. We put three healthy, strong, squeaking, squealing, and snorting little pigs into the pen and in less than one minute all three piglets had found a way out of the pen. They scattered! How did they get out? The piglets stood about 6 inches tall! The bottom board was about 3 inches off the ground! My husband started scurrying around to improve the enclosure and I started chasing piglets. My neighbor was kind enough to help in the chase for a while anyway. When Gerald had the fence upgraded he joined the chase.
The first two piglets were caught and returned to the pen within an hour. They were easy.
Capturing the third little pig was a different story.
We noticed after several hours of running after the pig (up the road, down the road, into the woods, out of the woods, down the road, up the road) that when we stopped to take a break (we were hot and tired) the little pig would sneak up to the pen where his sister and brother were oinking happily over a pile of vegetable scraps. He would end up oinking outside the pen between the garden and the barn. HA HA we have him now. We decided to build a trap for the little guy by connecting one corner of the garden fence to the corner of the barn with a piece of heavy duty plastic fencing I had left over from fencing my garden. This left an 8 ft wide opening near the pig pen into a three sided pen. The next time the pig comes out of hiding to oink at his sister and brother we will move in, close up the 4th side and trap him. Hee hee Hee! We were being clever. We set the fence up and moved away and quietly waited. After several excited minutes waiting with anticipation the little guy poked his head out of the underbrush of the woods at the edge of our lawn. We watched him and did not move. First his head came out. He looked around and gave a few tentative squeaks. Then his front legs were out. An oink or two. Then he ran over to the pig pen and started squeaking and oinking excitedly to his sister and brother inside. We had to control our excitement. He was on the wrong side of the pen not yet in the trap. He started walking up and down the fence line of the pen still on the wrong side. Finally he sniffed at the corner of the fence and then went around the corner and into our trap. We have him at last! Gerald and I quickly and quietly came out of hiding and approached the opening to the three sided pen our renegade pig was now in. At first he did not notice our approach. He was too busy oinking at the pigs inside the pen. We entered the opening to the trap with our arms outstretched crouching low to fill up the opening so the pig would not be able to get past us and we crept closer, closer, closer. Then he spotted us. His body went rigid and he stared at us. All sound stopped. Should we keep advancing? All of a sudden he turned from us and made a mad dash at the fence we put up between the barn and the garden. He leapt at it and passed right through it as though there was nothing there. We rushed forward to the fence. What happened? We found a small tear in the fence which had not been there before. The little guy went through the fence like a bullet through a target. So we started chasing again. (Up the road, down the road, into the woods, out of the woods)
I chased the little guy into a very dense patch of woods with lots of underbrush and found that I could not see the ground around my feet let alone any distance in front of me. I stopped and stood there in exasperation and frustration. I do not know how long I stood there, but it was a while.  Then I heard a sound. I got a shot of adrenaline tingling through my limbs. He is right here at my feet. I heard him. I forced myself to be very still, listening. A few moments pass and I heard a single test oink. I remained still. Another oink. I still waited. I thought from the sound that he was maybe two feet away from me to my left in the under brush but I was not sure so I waited. A few more oinks and some rustling of leaves. Yes!! He was right there. I pounced. I got nothing. The little guy scurried away from me out of the woods and into the yard where Gerald spotted him and started yelling “He’s here!”
I fell out of the woods scraped up and muddy from my dive into the underbrush disgusted with the whole situation and ready to give up. It was now 6:15 PM. We had been chasing this little guy since 9AM. He was smarter than we were and that was that. Then I saw Gerald with a peculiar look on his face. I watched him. Ha Ha! He said. I have got it. I am going to get that little guy this time. He ran into the house and came out with a dog crate.  I thought I understood what he had in mind and I start to get excited as well. We climbed into the pig pen with the dog crate and caught the other two pigs. We closed them into the dog crate and opened the door to the pen. Then we moved out into the yard away from the pig pen and sat down to wait. After About 10 minutes the wayward piggy cam back to the pig pen to oink at his siblings. He oinked all around the pen and finally found the open gate. He went inside and we rushed over to close him in. Hurray the clever chemists have prevailed. All three pigs are in the pen and we can finally go inside for some dinner. What should we eat? Pork chops!

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Richard Reeve 01.04.09 at 4:18 am

What a hoot! Thanks for sharing your adventure. I love stories where our best ideas at problem solving take us further and further from our goal.

Rita Argiros 01.04.09 at 7:20 pm

Great use for a dog crate. Very funny story. You may have moved away from your original goal but that can be one of the real pleasures of life ending up in an unexpected place.

Beth Donovan 01.21.09 at 1:35 pm

Oh, what a great story! You have a real talent for making me laugh!

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