When they are not eating the food thrown over the fence into their food trough they are either asleep in their little house or scrimmaging about in the pen.
The rain has kept falling and where there is rain and pigs there is mud. Their enclosure was starting to look more like the Somme than a section of grazed paddock. So they needed to move on to pastures new.
While all the pigs we have had seem to respect a single strand of periodically live wire, the thought of having to chase down three excited escapees means that changing their pen needs to be worked out carefully. I have eight panels which are all in use to make a 3x1 rectangle (18m by 6m).
Luckily for me there is a hinge joint fence along one side that will hold them. It was not enough on the night they arrived when two of them ran straight through it and launched a wild pig chase of epic scope and direction. Their increased size and docility means I am pretty sure I can risk it.
Move 1 is to get the three panels from next to the fence and attach them together with fresh star pickets to make two sides of a 2 x 1 rectangle. We use outriggers to string the electric on. The first year we used clips which brings the wire closer to the panels but we found them much harder to undo.
After that I could move one of the excess panels to shut the gap where they crossed and reverse the star pickets on that side. Every time I entered the pen to attach an outrigger or move some wire the pigs would nibble on my boots, shirt, trousers or even back. Disconcerting but just exploration for animals without fingers to touch with.