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Expert advice requested.

I have about free 2 acres to work with.

I already raise chickens; I keep 6 hens and have a rooster, he only gets busy once a year when I need replacements. They free range in my fenced orchard and garden, about 1500sf each.

Now I am looking at adding a weaner pig, first time for me so I need advice. I was thinking of adding an 8x10 covered pen. The pen will have gates to 3 fenced pastures, about 10x50ft each.

I will alternate replanting the pastures in grass. Apple, Crab Apple and Oak Trees (Acorns) will surround the plot for additional feed.

My soil is poor here, Northern Washington and cold winters; rain March-October about 7 inches. Dry summers.

Potatoes grow easily here, like a weed.

I know I will have to buy grain, but what other ideas to supplement feed, gown on my land? What makes pigs squeal with delight?

I want to be self sufficient, so I won’t count on old food donations and I don’t want to grow any labor intensive feed needing machinery.

No well yet, that will come next year.

Your comments/criticism on pig pen ideas and foraging ideas is welcomed. Would rather look silly now than stupid later.

Oh, and the advice I was given was a pig is easier than a calf. Also, I have replanted another 2 acres in trees as a wood lot and I don’t want goats destroying the trees.

Zoning here is 1 large animal per property.

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