Ahhhh! The piglets are seriously the cutest things ever!
I love them, and I have definitely spent way more time watching them than I should have/ imagined I would!
I wanted to take a minute and backtrack to share how David and I put in their pig fence.
First of all we had to decide where to put the fence. We ended up choosing to put it behind David’s office (the little brick outbuilding) because there was about 1/3 of an acre of grass with a few trees,
1) David hates mowing that area because it’s inconvenient to get to.
2) It already has a fence on one side– the backyard fence which is totally pig-proof and dog proof and yadda yadda, with a gate to get in and out.
3) We had no other use for that space so why not!
We bought 48 [easyazon_link identifier=”B00X3CMQ40″ locale=”US” nw=”n” tag=”farmhouse020-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]5′ tall T-posts[/easyazon_link] from our local hardware store , which by the way is a PAIN to drive home, unless I imagine you have a pickup truck (we sadly do not). Even more of a pain with car seats in the car. I think I made two trips and we had family help us by making another trip!
Then we got the actual [easyazon_link identifier=”B0009EU1BK” locale=”US” nw=”n” tag=”farmhouse020-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]wire fencing[/easyazon_link] part:
But at $80 per 50 feet from our local hardware store, we quickly realized that was very pricey, so then we bought [easyazon_link identifier=”B00NKK5SVS” locale=”US” nw=”n” tag=”farmhouse020-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]this[/easyazon_link] instead:
They’re both welded wire. Some of our fence, therefore, is green, and some is silver.
I think I read once that pigs like variety in the color of their fences. 🙂
Our sweet, sweet friends lent us their [easyazon_link identifier=”B01ND3ZIBL” locale=”US” nw=”n” tag=”farmhouse020-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]fence post driver[/easyazon_link] which was a huge godsend! Then we got to work.
We literally hired a babysitter to watch the kids so we could pound fence posts into the ground.
Ohhh the expenses that come with these “little” projects that always grow into big projects!
You think by now I’d learn…
About half of the posts hit stone/ brick/ Virginia clay that was solid, and the other half went into dirt incredibly easy.
Below you can see how it looks going down the hill.
We spaced the fence posts about 8 feet apart from each other.
Then we held up the wire to the fence post and literally used [easyazon_link identifier=”B01018DC96″ locale=”US” nw=”n” tag=”farmhouse020-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]plastic zip ties[/easyazon_link] to connect them together. The zip ties were ridiculously cheap and actually added a lot of tension to the fence, which proved to be very handy going up and down hills.
Ta da! There you have it folks!
On some metal posts we only used 3 of the zip ties but on most we used 4-5.
Tinkerbell and Mr. Smee have been in their new home a few weeks now and they haven’t had any problems yet (knock on wood)! Kune Kunes are not like usual pigs in that they don’t test their boundaries and try to escape from fences. (Is that even a surprise? I mean they’re basically perfect animals.)
Hopefully later this week I’ll share how David made the pig shelter!It somehow seems to be working well for them too! We got lucky.