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American Guinea Hogs
American Guinea Hogs
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How big do Guinea Hogs get?
Adult Guinea Hogs are about knee high to a typical adult man. Some Guinea 2. Are they friendly?
Hog lines are smaller and slower growing - adults topping out at 200 pounds.
Some Guinea Hog lines are a little bigger and faster growing, Adults topping
out at 300-400 pounds. A single litter can have some size variation, so you
can select toward the size that suits you.
Yes, they are very friendly. A lot like dogs. We select toward very friendly
American Guinea Hog genetics on our farm.
3. What do Guinea Hogs Eat?
They like to graze grass and clover (like sheep), but they also like to eat 4. What about Water?
kitchens scraps of all kinds. In winter, they will eat hay plus kitchen scraps,
Guinea hogs can gain fat easily, so watch their weight. Only feed a little grain
if they are getting skinny.
Guinea Hogs need constant access to fresh drinking water. We like to
give them a flat pan about 6 inches tall. In warm weather, pigs also like to
have access to a wallow. A wallow can be a child's wading pool or a low spot
in the pasture that is kept damp. Guinea Hogs will dig their own wallow in
those low wet spots. You can also let a hose drip in those low wet spots.
5. What sort shelter do Guinea Hogs need?
They need a dry place to sleep at night with some straw and something above 6. Do they need shots or de-wormer or any sort of vet work?
to shed rain,and a wind break. They will put themselves to bed each night.
Our American Guinea Hogs are naturally resistant to parasites and diseases 7. Is it easy to keep a breeding boar to impregnate a female?
and we never vaccinate, nor use de-wormers, nor perform any vet work of
American Guinea Hog boars are very easy to keep and they will keep the
8. Do you need to do anything special with mothers when they are pregnant or
getting ready to have piglets?
You can keep mother and the boar together up until it's close to farrowing 9. Do the piglets need any special care?
time (time to have piglets). If the pigs have lots of space, the mother will
usually separate herself to have the piglets. But if the pigs are more
contained, then it's best to isolate the mother from other pigs. Pigs like to
sleep in "Pig Piles" to keep warm in winter. If the mother is confined with
other pigs while she has her piglets, the new piglets will be in danger of
No, the mothers do all the work. Just make certain the mother is fed well (not 10. Do the baby boy American Guinea Hogs need to be castrated?
too fat, not too skinny), and make certain the mother has access to clean
water at all times. One common problem with all larger animals that have
litters of small offspring, is that the much larger mothers can accidentally
squish some babies. Some mothers are more careful than other mothers.
There are a few tricks you can use to limit squishings, or you can just let
nature take it's course.
The males of many breeds of pigs produce hormones that produce scents for
sexual attraction. These hormones can affect the smell of meat in some
breeds. These smells are called boar taint. At lower levels, very few humans
can smell the "taint". American Guinea Hogs are VERY low in taint genetics
so the meat of uncastrated males can be very nice. We've raised hundreds
with no castration.
11. Do you need to wean baby pigs at some particular age?
They can be weaned at around 8 weeks of age, or you can leave them with 12. At what age do you butcher them for meat?
mom and she will usually wean them at around 13 weeks.
American Guinea Hogs are homestead hogs that put on flavorful fat at early 13. Is it easy to butcher them yourself?
ages and can be butchered at any age starting at 10-12 weeks. Smaller ones
can be roasted whole in the oven like a chicken or turkey for a roast suckling
pig feast. Nine months of age is a good age for more meat, but still very
tender and nice. We've butchered old 10 year old breeding boars that still
had great meat.
Yes, Very easy to do yourself and we give lessons.
14. When does Cascade's Meadows Farm have guinea hogs available?
We have a good sized herd and almost always have American Guinea Hogs
We are long-time experts at all of this, and we love helping
absolute beginners. Just contact us and we will help you.