One of the perks of living a homesteading lifestyle is that you often get calls to rehome unwanted farm animals. Roosters are probably the most frequently rehomed animal, sometimes we take them, as Philip rarely passes up a free meal. We have had a few animals that were quite a bargain. A turkey who kept running away from home was the start of our turkey adventure. However, pigs were the most valuable animals that found a new home at the Florida House.
Black Mini Pig Found a New Home
This cute little pig was supposed to be a miniature pig who would live a long happy life as a pet. However her owner quickly realized that she wasn’t very miniature. Rather than let her kids get attached she contacted me right away. I was sure to let her know that pigs on our homestead are raised for one purpose. She agreed and this pig found a new home at Kowalski Farm.
We had plenty of pork but I had asked Philip if we could raise her as a gift for my parents. At this stage of life it’s hard to come up with worthy gift ideas to truly bless our parents. I felt that a freezer full of fresh pork would certainly be a welcomed gift. So Philip agreed and this not so miniature pig found a new home with us.
The White Pig Joins the Homestead
She didn’t live alone long. Soon after I got a text from Philip of the image above… I said “babe are you bringing home the bacon?” Which I got a quick response… “YES!”
Philip got a call from his mom, Joy Murphy, that a pig had been wandering their neighborhood for a few weeks. He had ended up in a neighbors yard eating their chicken feed. They said if Philip could catch him, he was ours.
Philips not one to pass up free pork… or a good pig chase! Faith Nelson, my daughter, and Philip caught him without much trouble and we were the new owners of a fine new pig.
Introducing the Pigs to their New Home
Once the two pigs had been introduced in a safe manner, we put them together. The pot bellied pig was being protective of her place, but the little white pig didn’t pay much attention.
Pigs Quickly Became Friends
The two pigs adjusted well to each other and Philip and I were thrilled that we would be able to surprise each of our sets of parents with a freezer full of pork.
I sure love the sound of a happy barnyard!
Learn about how we processed these pigs here.
About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.