Bored and Hungry Pigs Can Get Destructive
As I noted in my article "Can Pigs Be Destructive?", pigs definitely have the ability to do some damage when bored, frustrated or hungry. But, I thought the best way to get this message across is through pictures of pigs doing exactly that: being destructive. Of course, these are usually out of the ordinary events. Most of the time, pigs can be very well behaved. And some things are just normal pig behavior. For instance, they love shredding up their blankets and beds to make them better. They don't think of it as destruction... to them it's home improvement. And that has largely been the extent of our pigs' destructive behavior. They've ripped a bunch of blankets and beds. Oh, and the couch, which is technically their bed too.
Now enjoy a pictorial tour though: What Mischievous Pigs Can Do. I've included the story provided by the individuals sharing these wonderful images.
Lizzie Ronsick wrote, "My Rupert gets in my night stand when I don't pick him up at night. He wants me to cuddle him and sometimes I don't wake up to his oink. In turn he knocks everything off of the shelf."
Trish Brown Jones shared, "If you zoom in on the window casings, you can see where the boys have eaten most of them."
"You can see where they’ve eaten my drywall here."
Nicole Rhoades shared, "Only half the destruction after looking for the granola aka crack."
Dawn Braudt Bleeker pointed out, "Joy is hiding behind the desk."
Nic Rich Lily describes that their pigs, "ripped through the sheets to get to the down bed topper...."
Chrystal Lynn Limon points out that the "only thing my Belle has ever destroyed was her bed."
Karen Buehrle Overlin stated that this is "Oliver after he stole a bag of shredded paper."
Elizabeth Keyser shared these pictures of Rosie and Josie's efforts.
Delaine Rangno - "My deck. Everything tossed. Bernard wanted in the house, and I wasn't home."
Leanna Sherfy Myrick points out that, "This used to be covered in lanolium.... Tink, Penny, Tut, and Goblin."
AnnaMarie Klassen Drywall,they have got 4 different spots in 4 different rooms,tell me again why I love my pigs lol
Trish Brown Jones One more for ya! Just came home to this. Oscar ripped the bottom drawer face off my oven tonight. Thank God he’s cute...otherwise I might have gotten upset.
What should be equally clear as the fact that pigs can be destructive is that we, the companion humans to these amazing animals, wouldn't have it any other way. We adore our porcine family members destruction and all.
8/4/2018 06:07:13 pm
I am babysitting a 600lb pig with a personality as large as she is. She has had an ok life but her dad is poor and often unable to feed her appropriately. Since living with my family she has learned what it really means to eat and has put on a few lbs., as much as I feed her, following diet and and proper amounts for a girl her size, she still wants more randomly 40% of the time. I am wondering if she's board? She has about 2 acres she's allowed to wander on. Any suggestions would be great and appreciated.
Life With Pigs
8/23/2018 04:04:14 am
Sorry for the delay in responding. If you are still looking for advice, the biggest problem your girl is dealing with is lack of having a piggy friend. Pigs tend to do much better when they live with someone that speaks their language and shares all their interests. Having three pigs has probably played a huge part in our pigs being as well-behaved as they are. But, as far as a pig acting hungry, I would be more disturbed by a pig that didn't seem hungry. I'm pretty sure pigs think of their meals as appetizers to followup meals (and this could continue on forever). So, seeming like she is always ready for more is likely just her being a pig. But, if she otherwise seems happy and isn't destroying things or getting aggressive, it is likely she's a happy pig just wanting to see how much food she can trick you into sharing with her.
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