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5 Common Myths About Raising Pigs

Updated on April 12, 2012
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To many people, pigs are an unwanted pet or farm animal. Many believe that pigs are dirty and stinky. However, in reality they are the smartest and one of the cleanest animals if maintained properly. People who believe this common misconception don’t know pigs and are misinformed. Here are the most commonly believed myths about raising pigs.

Myth #1--Pigs stink and are very dirty

Fact…Pigs are actually one of the cleanest farm animals. They will only roll in the mud if they do not have proper shade and a clean water supply. Pigs are prone to sweating and will overheat very quickly in the hot summer sun. Not only do they sweat but they can burn, leading them to wallow in the mud to stay cool.

Well kept and shaded pens will prevent your pigs from wallowing, and getting dirty. Making sure your pigs have adequate space for living and feeding is also a great way to keep your pigs clean. Putting pigs out on a pasture will provide them with plenty of space to roam and the ability to keep dry and clean.

Pigs also require enough room to eat and defecate separately. Pigs will sleep and defecate on two separate sides of the pen if given enough space.

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Myth #2--Pigs are hard and time consuming to care for

Fact…Pigs only take about an hour and a half a week to care for. Two hours if you plan to pasture your pigs and are going to move their pen around for optimal foraging.

Pigs are usually trouble free animals, and will forage and grow on their own with little care as long as they have the proper housing.

Myth #3--Pigs are stupid

Fact…Pigs are essentially the smartest farm animal, however they can’t see well. Relying heavily on memory and past experiences pigs will learn their boundaries very quickly and will not tread where fencing once was. If you are wishing to move your fencing, you have to be careful not to put gates and open pasture where hot wires used to be. Pigs will be lenient to go near that side of the pasture.

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Myth #4--You need lots of land to raise pigs

Fact…Although pigs are foragers and rooters they do not need a lot of space. It is possible to let out as many as four pigs on just an acre of land. Rotating the area of the pen and supplementing their diet with grains will prevent them from foraging the ground to dirt. You can also use pigs to till and fertilize pasture and gardens.

Myth #5--You need large amounts of pigs to make a profit

Fact…Although pigs are happier with companions you can make a profit from one to two pigs. Two or more is ideal because it allows friendly competition between pigs allowing them to fight over feed and grow faster. However, depending on your reasons for wanting to buy pigs, two is plenty to own as a pet, till and fertilize a garden, and produce meat for your family.


When managed properly pigs will grow up to be a healthy and hearty farm animal that will make a great addition to any farm. Whether you're looking for a new addition to the family, looking to make a profit, or wanting pigs solely for their meat they are a great investment and will provide your farm with diversity and character. Given adequate care pigs can greatly enhance your farm.

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      Jocelyn 5 years ago from Florida, PCB

      So true! They can be an excellent part of a permaculture setting! Just choose the right breed for your needs. Were getting guinea hogs as soon as we can. :)

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      :) Good luck with your hogs. I'm still trying to convince my fiancé that they would be a great addition. Hopefully this hub will help.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      My neighbor has a pig that is cute, clean, and quiet. Rated Up!

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      They can make really great pets if properly cared for. Thanks for the up Patty!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What a fabulous Hub! I've learned several new things from this- and I'm quite pleased to see that the phrase "sweating like a pig" is accurate! Hmmm... maybe I'll raise pigs someday.

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks Simone! Glad you liked it. Pigs can be one of the most misinterpreted farm animals. I'm more than happy to share some facts about these wonderful creatures (my own opinion of course).

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You have definitely given me a new picture of pigs! :)

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To read and vote and participate in the Hubnuggets fun, this way please: http://redelf.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/How-To-... Enjoy!

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks ripplemaker:)

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Got a soft spot for pigs, thanks.

      Our neighbor has a great pig farm and they produce one of Italy's top ten salamis. They have been our friends for years....so, it's nice to see pigs having a savvy write up here on Hub Pages. Thanks

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Wht a great hub, I love anything to do with nature or animals and this one was a treat.

      I have to vote an up up and away.

      Take care and I look forward to reading many more by you.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks Eddy for the vote up.

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Pigs are such lovely creatures ... thanks for writing so intelligently about them.They usually get such a bad press that your hub made a welcome change.

      Congratulations on your HubNugget award ...

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks Angie! I think so too, so I thought a little awareness about the pig might be a good topic:)

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