Our new American Guinea Hog Sow

We have been wanting another American Guinea Hogs sow for quite some time. We kept going back and forth on whether to purchase a registered or an unregistered sow. When we found this lovely lady we knew she was right for our ranch.

She is 2 years old, unregistered and just had a litter of 11 pigs! She is long bodied which is great for breeding and meat. She also has the shorter nose that is more adapted to pasture grazing. We have re-named her Penelope, “Penny” for short! It goes along with our other sow Pippa and her baby Pirate.

 

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She was being raised by the 8th grade class at a local Waldorf School. The sow is very well socialized and so were all her piglets.

The 5th grade class came out to help get her into our trailer.

 

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It took  little bit of grain as a treat but we were able to load her up along with 3 of her gilts to take to a neighboring farm.

 

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We are excited to see how her and our boar George do! Hopefully we will have a litter of babies in April! If you are interested in learning more about the American Guinea Hog please check out our website.

Also, we are entertaining the idea of raising finished hogs here at our ranch. If this is something that interests you, please contact us for more information.

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6 thoughts on “Our new American Guinea Hog Sow

  1. What do your Guinea Hogs graze on? If you could wave a magic wand what would you have in the pasture from them to graze on?

    Found you on The Survival Podcast. Love you vibe!

    • We live in the mountains so we don’t have pastures. We have lots of pine trees and oak trees. That is why we went with a fodder system. They get fed barley fodder, some alfalfa/orchard grass hay and scraps. If we were to “wave a magic wand” and have a perfect situation, we would have three pastures all with clover and grass with a bit of alfalfa and a fourth pasture with seasonal vegetables. Then we could do rotational grazing! These hogs do really well in woodlands foraging too and love acorns! Do you have Guinea Hogs?

      Teresa

      • No Guinea Hogs at present. We raise 2-4 hogs a year. This year we rased 2 “regular” (I don’t even know the breed) and 2 Red Wattle hogs. The breeder we got the Red’s from also have Guinea Hogs and told us about them. I have 5 acres and I am planning on putting in one acre of stuff for Pigs and Chickens to eat in rotation. From some of Paul Wheaton’s material (and Permies.com) I have gathered that Jerusalem Artichokes and ground nuts are good for both pigs and chickens. So when I have forage out there I will want a) a good foraging pig and b) some permaculture method to retain water on the land and make the forage as green as possible for the longest time possible. The smaller better foraging Guinea Hogs may make this system more self sustaining.

        Also wondering if I can’t do the sprouting like you are doing in a green house to reduce or eliminate the need for grow lights and use compost to keep it warm in there when needed.

      • I love your idea of planting Jerusalem Artichokes and ground nuts for chickens and pigs! I am going to have to see if that is possible in our area. What are you going to do for water? The American Guinea hogs would do wonderful on that combination. They are great foragers, we don’t give them any commercial feed and they are fat and happy!

        As far as growing fodder in the greenhouse it would depend on your temperatures and humidity. The optimum temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees. We keep ours at 65 degrees using a propane heater. If the temperature goes below 60 degrees it slows the growth down and if it goes about 70 degree it molds quickly. As far as the humidity goes it has a larger range. I have found that we haven’t gone outside the range without doing much to prevent it. It needs to be clean and cool to prevent mold.

        I do know people do put some bleach in the water to help cut down on mold and break down the seed casing to get a quicker germination. We have not tried this yet. I do not keep bleach in our house so if I were to try something like that I would use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

        Thanks for checking out our blog! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask!

        Teresa

  2. Hello, we just got eight AGH given to us and a friend. We’re raising them on our five acres. For now, they are going to over-winter in my fenced garden and then move them in paddock rotation. We also have seven milk goats, chickens, and guinea fowl. So, we have have guinea hogs, guinea fowl and should get guinea pigs next, I guess. 🙂 I want to start your barley sprouting system. I’ve also read of using oats and peas for sprouting. I’ll try to find a link to the article on sprouting. I also found you through TSP.

    Greg
    Columbia, Missouri

    • Hi Greg! Thanks for checking out our blog! Eight AGHs!! Lucky you! How do you like them so far? I bet they are loving your garden leftovers. What kind of dairy goats do you raise? We also have guinea fowl and I love how they take care of ticks an snakes around our house. They are a bit noisy but only when something bad is going on. I would love to hear about your sprouting set up once you get it going. I plan on experimenting with other types of sprouts in the Spring. I want to do a specific chicken blend and a dairy goat blend. It is like one big science experiment!

      Teresa

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