Yesterday evening I went to feed the pigs and as I was mixing up some water with their feed, one of the pigs walked right through the electric fence and came meandering up to me!
Horrified, with visions of the three- and a half hour pig chase earlier this season dancing through my head, I tried not to panic. I grabbed the bucket of feed and shook it around and made a big fuss as I fed the other pigs and, happily, oh, so happily, the free-ranging pig came wandering back. I took off the top line of fencing and she stepped right into the pen. What a sigh of relief!!!
Two things make the pigs go through the fence. Either they're really, really hungry - which means I need to increase their feed - or the fence is shorted out.
They'll get a bigger breakfast tomorrow.
The grass has grown up around the pig pen, so I got the weed trimmer and trimmed all around and sure enough, at the bottom side of the field the pigs had rooted up the dirt until they covered the bottom wire of the fence. I weed trimmed and pulled dirt away from the fence and as I looked at the job with satisfaction, one of the pigs walked up to the fence and "eeped" from the jolt as its nose touched the wire.
No pig chase today.