Marina an idea to get pigs to follow you. Use the same white bucket to feed them out of every day. Then when leading them carry said white bucket (and yes having several of the same type bucket works) and they should follow you like you are the pied piper. Our mother sow used to follow us anywhere we wanted to take her with simply the use of that white empty bucket.
I started this thread
over a year ago, before we got the piglets. It's been an interesting and mostly fun experience
to raise them. We had them in electric poultry netting for awhile, and would lead them to their daily pen and back to the shelter at night by walking with their food and calling them. Then, they started getting out of the pen so they could eat dropped apples, and we saw they didn't go anywhere and were perfectly happy to go back to their house at night so we let them stay free. Haven't had any problems. I think having a safe house at night is what has kept our predation rate at zero (fingers crossed).
Now, our pigs follow us whenever we go anywhere carrying any bucket, just in case there's something edible in there (so I can see the advantage of having a specific bucket that they KNOW is food, that's a good tip!). They come when we call. They go away when we tell them to "go on." The free range thing really made us interact with them a lot, similar to dogs. It also means we don't have any control over their movements during the day, because they are constantly on the move for new food sources. And they find them - even if it's something you don't want to feed them. They also knock over absolutely everything - empty planters, buckets, bowls, wheelbarrows, just to make sure they don't have something tasty in there. It can be annoying. I'm looking forward to fences that work, as I think rotational grazing is best for the land
We've actually just built a pen around the house, so that we have the option of free range, but we can lock them up when we need to also. Like recently when we invited friends over for a cow butchering party. You can't tell a pig to go away when there's tons of meat everywhere.