Hello to all, Can I please have some advice for my kunekunes

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3 years 6 days ago #546962 by Krystlemcc
Hi everyone,
I have been following the LSB Facebook for awhile now since getting my lifestyle property.
I’m hoping with all your great advice and tips and tricks you may be able to help me !!

I rescued a 2 week old kunekune (male), he is now 5 weeks and we have been wanting a friend for him. We have just got a 8week old kune (male) and I’m wondering how I go about introducing them. I only got him last night so put him in the pen next to the other one where they can see each other but plan on introducing them today, is it easier that they are both still young? Or should I still just let them together bit by bit?

Help please

Thanks!!
Krystle.

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3 years 6 days ago #546975 by tonybaker
why have two males? Only leads to trouble, they will destroy everything and don't make good eating.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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3 years 6 days ago #546977 by Ronney
Hi and welcome to the site :)

Although nothing to do with your question, Tony makes a good point. What are you going to do with two boars? It doesn't matter what breed of pig it is, a boar is a boar and your two are quite likely to go on to destroy the place. Without being rude, I should say that like many getting a piece of land, you really have no idea about what your getting into when it comes to stock - and pigs are stock. Unless you are thinking of breeding from these two, I would seriously recommend having them barrowed.

As for the rest of it, you are doing the right thing by having them in adjacent pens where they can see and smell each other. In a week or so, consider putting them together to feed and see what happens. Because both are young there will probably be little problem and they will be quite happy to run together.

Cheers,
Ronnie

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3 years 5 days ago #546979 by Krystlemcc
Hi,

Thanks for your opinions, yes I’m new and it’s a learning curve for me, however I have done my research and maybe I should have gone into more detail about what I’m doing.
First of all my pigs are not for eating.
Secondly yes I’m planning on breeding, My girls are not ready yet and the male was, I felt sorry for my little 5wk old and didn’t think it would be such an issue having two male piglets until my girls come.

My plan was to wether one of my boys in the future to have as purely a pet, as I see time and time again that a Wethered male pig makes a good pet.
And I’m thinking it will be the one I have hand raised since he was two weeks old.

I can go into more detail, however all I was after was some advice on two piglets and how I introduce them as I couldn’t seem to find any info, only piglet and older or two older Kunes.

But yes thanks Ronnie, I will give them time just checking each other out in their own areas and then will try them together in about a week, do you think I should be giving little time together each day or just wait and put them together after a week?

Thanks,
Krystle.

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3 years 5 days ago #546990 by Stikkibeek
A Wether is what you would call a castrated male sheep or goat castrated before maturity. Male pigs that are castrated are called Barrows.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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3 years 5 days ago #546991 by Ronney
At the age they are, you could very definitely put them together for a few hours a day and if there are no shenanigans between them, leave them together. I'm erring on the side of caution as older boars can be much harder to run together - but not impossible - and sometimes younger boars can get stroppy too. These two are young enough and small enough for you to get in and separate them if needs be, so you do what you feel most comfortable with. If they are not racing up and down the barrier between them, and not frothing at the mouth, the chances are that they will be ok. Maybe try on Sunday?

Stock "talk": A castrated ram or goat is a wether.
A castrated boar is a barrow.
A castrated bull calf is a steer.

Strangely enough, an in-heat sow can be more dangerous than a boar, not only to humans but to other live stock.

Let me know how you get on,
Cheers,
Ronnie

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2 years 11 months ago #547035 by linrae
People by us done what your doing Kunekune
Boar got so fat can't mate
Can't eat them get something (bred)that's useful

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