Kunekune pig lying on the grass enjoying the sunshine. Picture of Geordie, one of our three kunekune pet pigs. Click for a larger picture.
Keeping pigs on the croft was not something we had planned for then one morning our neighbours turned up with a tiny, less than 1 day old, kunekune piglet. This little one had not got enough strength to feed off his mum being the runt of the litter, either he would be hand raised or left to die. We decided to hand rear him and we called him Geordie after my wife long time friend’s pig that was raised during 1940’s – while the original Geordie ended up in the pot we had no intention of doing this, Geordie was going to be a pet pig on our croft.
Geordie was so small that we kept him in one of our indoor guinea pig cages we used to keep newly hatched chickens and ducks in. He enjoyed the heat lamp and slurped away at the specialist veterinary dried milk we got for him. He thrived on the attention and food, and joined the other animals on the croft along with his brother, Buddy, and eventually we adopted his mother, Gretel.