Nature is Stranger than Fiction: Hog Knocks Down Feeder, Caught on Camera

Hog and Feeder

So we had been having some problems with feeders being knocked down, and we thought, stolen. On three different occasions, we came out to the Rack & Range test ranch to find feeders broken and lying on the ground, or parts of feeders on the ground and the barrels missing.

It was really starting to get annoying. Random vandalism? Planned theft? A disgruntled neighbor? These are the options our minds were pursuing. Faulty feeder cameras only showed the feeders in place one day, and then gone the next. Until we finally got a good camera up and captured a sequence of photos that tell the real story.

Hog and Feeder

This sequence starts off innocently enough, just another hog at the feeder waiting for it to throw corn in the morning.

 

Hog and Feeder

But now something is starting to look a bit wonky — the feeder is definitely listing to one side. How could that be?

 

Hog and Feeder

The hog seems to be doing something around the feeder legs.

 

Hog and Feeder

Now I get it. The hog is pushing the feeder legs out, trying to get it to come down.

Hog and Feeder

And there it is, one feeder, down for the count.

 

Hog and Feeder

Now the rolling begins.

 

Hog and Feeder

And there you have it. Feeder legs dispersed, barrel on the ground, and one damned clever hog.

From the time shown on the photos, you can see that the entire sequence took about five minutes from when the hog was first standing under the feeder (6:16 AM) to when the feeder is on the ground (6:21 AM). This feeder had just been filled up a few days prior, and the hogs never got the lid off, so it didn’t go too far. We found it pushed off in the tall grass about 10 yards from where it had been standing.

Another of our feeders was not so lucky. It was knocked down and rolled about 75 yards down a hill (through thick brush no less), then the hogs got the lid off and cleaned it out.

Broken Feeder

This feeder got beat to hell and then cleaned out.

So in the end, we were a bit relieved that we weren’t victims of theft or vandalism, just aggressive hogs. Due to being busy with other life stuff, we’ve let the hogs proliferate a little too long. Time to start harvesting some bacon.