Sometimes plans just don't work out. That is the case with our first American Guinea Hog boar, Clyde.
I knew something was "off" with Clyde from day one. He just wasn't friendly like AGH are purported to be. He flenched every time I touched him. I worked with him every.single.day for weeks and while I could occasionally get him to flop for a belly rub, more often than not, he could be downright mean. Honest to goodness, Clyde is some kind of piggy bipolar!
He grabs chickens with his mouth and slings them like a rag doll until he’s left with a mouthful of feathers. See exhibit A. Notice the incriminating feather in his mouth. He had just flung a chicken halfway across the yard 😑 He is doing this almost every day.
He sneaks up on Frost and bites her while she’s sleeping and then runs away.
But the worst of all -- he has bitten **people** multiple times.
At around 12-18 months old, American Guinea Hog boars have tusks that begin to protrude from their face. They are razor sharp. The danger from a boar with tusks that has bipolar behavior can literally be deadly. A decision had to be made and there was only one possible answer.
Congratulations Clyde! You’re officially going to freezer camp! 🥓 No nasty temperaments allowed here!
Clyde has officially lost the ability to pass along his traits. ✂️🥜😬
If the loss of testosterone chills his bipolar behavior, he will be butchered sometime next year. If he continues raging, he will be butchered as soon as the weather cools.
Here's where Lucky comes in 🙌
Lucky comes from the same farm where Bonnie was born. He's distant kin and safe for makin' bacon. 😂 Lucky is our new boar.
They had three boars available and I was given my choice. I walked into the pen with his litter and watched to see which pigs approached me. Lucky came right to me not once, but three times! His brothers ran 🤦♀️ I picked him up (insert much squealing here 😂), had his teats looked over for good structure (they pass teat structure to the next generation), and when he passed muster - I put him in the crate for the trip home.
The family that raised Bonnie and Lucky are new to farming. They had never castrated a pig before and didn't know how. Boars need to be castrated to avoid "boar taint" in the meat. Trust me, you can ruin a full hog of meat by not castrating it! It also keeps them from accidentally breeding siblings while they're being grown out for the freezer.
We set up a trade for knowledge.
We brought our v-trough and Lucky's two brothers were the teaching tools. We demonstrated with brother number one, and then we guided while they castrated brother number two. We gifted them our v-trough because it makes the process much easier.
This is where Lucky's name comes from.
Because he was friendly with me, he was lucky... he got to keep his 🥜 His brothers? Not so much. 😂 #farmlife
Welcome to the farm, Lucky! Mind your manners and you'll live a long and pampered life here ❤️