Did I mention I really like you? I think I did... I've re-read this thread several times... the more times I read it, the more I like you. I've only dreamed about being as self sufficient as you and your husband / family are. I stand to learn a ton from you.
All humor aside... Learning is the main reason I joined SS in the first place. Lord knows I have a lot to learn.
@baymule SCORE on those pigs! Very sensible purchase Sounds like a wonderful price to me, though i have no clue what pigs go for in the States, that is not a lot of money for a lot of bacon and they look great, the two of them. I feel for their previous owner, poor lady.. In times like that animals can be wonderful to have around though and it sounds like they were well looked after.
@crealbilly I've kept and raised quite a few animals and I'm still learning stuff here all the time It's wonderful when a group like this gets together and shares info and experiences (and humour!).
I am soaking the corn now. They've been corn fed all their lives and didn't take kindly to pellets. So I have 7 buckets working, they get 2 a day. I use a cup to take some water from a already soaking bucket to start the new bucket. I also put a little lime in the bucket, corn is soaked in lime water for tortillas, it is supposed to release more of the corn nutrients. I put a gallon of whey in the first batch of buckets and a beer. They also get scraps from the house.
I measured the sow today, using the formula from @NH Homesteader. I can't get that close and personal with the boar. Her heart girth is 54", her length is either 54" or 50", depending if her head is up of down eating.
The boar is a lot bigger than the sow, so we estimate his weight to be 400 to 425 pounds.
I made an appointment for the boar November 6 for slaughter.
We bought them October 1, the sow was in heat. I don't know if they bred or not. I'll know if she comes back in heat the week of the 22nd. That will be his last chance before he goes to freezer camp. We'll see....