Hi, I am thinking of getting a weener, but am still trying to find out what I need to do. I have read that you need to feed pigs 3 times a day. However currently if I go away for a weekend I get a friend to come in once a day to check my chickens & collect the eggs. Is it OK to just give pigs one big meal a day occasionally or is that just cruel? Currently I am just planning to get one pig for 6 months & am not sure if I will be repeating it (depends how it goes this time). So obviously I don't want to spend lots of money. What it the minimum fencing you can use. What will they jump over & what will they just walk through? Will they cross a river (or drown!) or is it an effective fence? In some places the river is only 6" deep but 8 yards wide however in others it is nearly 1 yard deep but only 2 or 3 wide. For the shelter I have lots of corrugated iron. I was thinking about using 8 ft posts, driving them in the ground & making a 3 sided shelter with roof. Apart from putting it on high ground & back to the prevailing wind, is there anything specific I need to do? Is there a problem with putting straw straight on the ground or is it a nightmare to clean out? What do people normally put on the floor? I have some places where there are heaps of branches (1 yard deep), will they rummage around & find it interesting or are they likely to hurt their legs? I don't figure they are that delicate but I would hate to come home to a pig with a broken leg!! Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated. Thanks Caroline PS I won't be offended by you telling me the obvious because I probably don't know!