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our prego american guinea hog

Curly Sue is one of our purebred American Guinea Hogs that is pregnant. She was due to farrow yesterday (Dec. 21). As you can see in the photo, her underline is developing. As of this morning, we could not express any milk, nor is her mammary area warm to the touch. This leads us to believe she may be more than a day out from giving birth. But really, who knows? She's a first time mom and with that said, anything can happen.

If you are unfamiliar with the American Guinea Hog, it is very likely that this type/size of hog was what was common on most homesteads around the time of Laura Ingalls. Remember seeing those wire fences around old farm houses? Some folks say it was to keep the chickens out of the yard, yet many sources believe it was to keep their small breed, family hogs in. With the pigs fenced close to the house, there was a "safe-zone". Since hogs are omnivores, they would keep this area free of snakes, mice and rats, as well as weeds and tall grass.

Guinea Hogs are small, deep-bodied, lard pigs... one of only a few domestic pigs that can survive on pasture alone. In fact, even a small amount of grain can fatten this breed of pig so much so that they may not be able to reproduce. Often, feeding bread and/or a few small scoops of oats with hay is all these pigs need to live well, when being raised in pens. Otherwise, good quality alfalfa/clover/grass-mix hay is all they need during the winter months. We like feeding food scraps as treats. The American Guinea Hog, at adulthood, is only approx. 100 lbs. - perfect if you don't have a lot of room in the freezer at processing time.

We love our little lardos. They love to be scratched/itched and they come running when they see people. They love the attention... and the treats we usually have for them.

Merry Christmas
Rich & Carol


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Comment by Rachel Hoff on December 28, 2011 at 11:05am

They were the one breed we briefly considered raising. We could pass them off to unsuspecting neighbors as Pot Belly Pigs. But alas, we do live in a city and pigs probably aren't a good idea. 

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on January 4, 2012 at 12:32pm

Thanks for sharing! What a lovely lady you've got there...any piglets yet? I did a little snooping around about this breed after seeing this post and came upon some breed info. from the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.  Are these hogs still facing dwindling numbers in population? I don't know all that much about pigs, we don't keep any around anymore, but they look like fun!

Comment by Coyote Ridge Farms on January 4, 2012 at 12:55pm

Yes, Curly Sue gave us 5 healthy piglets - 4 gilts and a boar.

As of today, they are all doing well and becoming quite active.

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on January 4, 2012 at 12:56pm

Congrats! Adorable!

Comment by Coyote Ridge Farms on January 4, 2012 at 12:59pm

As for the American Guinea Hogs dwindling in numbers, I can't say.  We did find out recently that a neighbor of ours also has Guineas... we thought we were the only ones in the area.

They are easy keepers.  The feed requirements is a little oats and some hay.


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