We’re Growing by 8 Little Hooves

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I just love when it’s time to take on a new venture. The potential and the excitement of new hope is thick in the air. Mostly the potential for me to make a thousand new mistakes but potential nonetheless. I’m eager with new ideas and my husband is silently shaking his head just out of my line of vision. You see he loves helping me make my dreams a reality, my whole homestead was the most generous gift from the most loving man, but he also knows that his wife has a mountainous amount of ideas and excitement and more of a molehills amount of experience and know-how. Nevertheless he straps in for the ride and is always down to go on these adventures with me. Even if he spends most of the time bailing me out. I don’t think there will ever be a way to truly thank my better half for all that he’s given me, all of the sacrifices he has made and all of the dreams that he has helped me chase or fulfilled for me, but hey I am talking him up in this blog post so we’re almost even.

Without further ado I’d like to introduce you to our two new Kune Kune piglets, Barbara Que and Riblet. These two piglets will have very different roles on our homestead (be waiting on Friday’s blog to learn more about that).

Barbara Que or Babs, is part Kune Kune and part Juliana so she will be the smaller of the two. She doesn’t have wattles and was the runt of her litter. I’m a sucker for the runt of a litter. She will be joining us right before Christmas, as she’s my Christmas gift from my sweet husband. Just look how tiny…

Riblet is full Kune Kune. He is joining us today and I’m so excited to have him. His sweet double wattles and spots. I just love this breed.

We choose Kune Kune for a few reasons:

  • Temperament
  • Size
  • Availability
  • Homestead Use
  • Looks
  • Temperament
  • From what I have researched, learned from people with them, and seen for myself Kunekunes have a very gentle and docile temperament. They don’t mind children handling them and they don’t seem overly aggressive. Since we have children and a small homestead we will be in very close proximity to these animals and it’s mandatory that they are docile.
  • Size
  • I will not venture into the debate about whether or not a true “mini” pig exists that’s not the purpose of this blog. But as far as pig sizes go these are on the smaller end. Are they teacup pigs ABSOLUTELY NOT, but are they 400 pound commercial hogs definitely not. Kunekune pigs tend to be smaller pigs. Shorter and lighter. Much easier for someone my size to handle and care for on a daily basis. At full grown will I be able to pick them up and carry them? Of course not I can’t even pick up my Great Pyrenees. But at full grown I will be able to move them about the yard and manage their care without fear of being injured.
  • Availability
  • In our area it wasn’t too difficult to put my Facebook feelers out and find reasonable Kunekune piglets. We didn’t want to have to drive super far and we didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for piglets either. Another reason why we didn’t just get a pet “mini” pig ($$$). On our homestead animals need to be local (within reason) and affordable (both acquisition and care).
  • Homestead Use
  • Probably our biggest draw to the breed was all of the articles talking about how wonderful they are for small homestead use. They’re grazers, which means they can fatten on GRASS! That’s a huge plus for us. That means we can let them forage the yard and supplement with hay (that we already buy for the goats) in the winter. It also means that we have a new use to leftovers (safe ones) we can supplement that grass diet with approved leftovers and limit feed costs. I have seen many articles about homesteaders raising their Kune Kunes on grass and kitchen scraps alone and eliminating feed costs all together (#farmgoals). Another tidbit that we found fascinating was that due to their upturned snouts they didnt tend to be heavy rooters. I’m interested to see if this is the case for us, Rhaegar digs like a John Deere so maybe he’ll dig their mud holes for them. It is also said that they are both winter hearty and tolerant to Summers. Neither of those seasons are terribly harsh hear but we definitely get both extremes so it’s good to know that they should weather the weather pretty well (see what I did there).
  • Looks
  • Lastly we just love their looks. They are cute as heck. All hairy with those little wattles on their chin. Pigs are cute enough as is, but throw on some hair and chin wattles and my heart is melting.
  • We are so happy about our new venture and cannot wait to share this journey with you. Happy Flocking.
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