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skruzich
#1 Posted : Wednesday, October 01, 2003 6:00:16 PM
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All i have ever seen for a pig was a leanto type structure. I know that you don''t want to have a mud pit, mud isn''t good for them, they would rather have a water pool to wallow in instead to cool off. I think my grandpa had a concrete pool that he let them wallow in and filled it with fresh every day or two.
It also depends on how cold your area is. If it is cold i would just put up a small pole shed to house them in with alot of straw.
steve
Hey i just found a plan for a farrowing house.
Essentually, it is a 4 x 6 floor space built in a A frame style with one side of the roof hinged so that it can open up to ventillate. I will see if i can scan the page and put it up on my site for viewing
steve
skruzich
#2 Posted : Wednesday, October 01, 2003 6:22:30 PM
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I will post them here.

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majik
#3 Posted : Friday, October 03, 2003 2:56:33 PM
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Thanks Steve. I like the look of the A frame. Will have to root around in the barn for materials. What do you think about making use of some used metal roofing, or should it all be wood? Good thing we''re pac rats!
mikeg
#4 Posted : Friday, October 03, 2003 6:44:22 PM
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You can use straw bales to build a structure and secure the bales with metal posts driven through them at each end, keeps them from being pushed out. Cover it with a tin roof weighted down you can compost it and move to another location the next year.
cherterr
#5 Posted : Monday, October 13, 2003 5:07:35 PM
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Oh Lord!! You sound like me last year! Just forget fencing.. go straight for the electric wire from day one.. get em used to it. Otherwise..they''ll be everywhere!!:):) (I guess hog panels are good, but I wouldn''t ''pop'' for those)... anyway.. I went from two weaners, after a few months took back to sale.. THEN I got a potbelly... and the day I say it ravenously go after a wounded chicken I had just put back inside the fence.. I said NO MORE PIGS! Bones popping.. it was horrible.. talk about your ''natural order of things'' Eww! (But they sure are cute when they''re little!)
patrick46135
#6 Posted : Tuesday, October 14, 2003 5:19:13 PM
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Steve,
pigs need to wallow in mud if you have a biting fly problem. It helps protect them from the flies, it will also help the lighter colored hogs from getting sunburned.
patrick46135
#7 Posted : Tuesday, October 14, 2003 5:24:13 PM
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Cherterr,
I think the pig eating chickens thing has more to do with the breed and temperment of the pig than anything else. We currently have about a dozen broilers living out in the pig pasture and none of the 6 fullgrown hogs are interested in them at all.
Last week one of our older layers took her brood of 6 chicks in the pig pasture and they weren''t even bothered.
Actually it''s kind of neat looking out in the mornings and seeing this mound of Tamworth hogs snoozing with all these white chickens roosting on top of them.[:D]
skruzich
#8 Posted : Tuesday, October 14, 2003 5:27:25 PM
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Hmmm Ok, just remembered my grandfather never allowed a mud pile to develop. he had a concrete pool for them to lay in and it did get dirtywater in it but not total mud. He also had trees that provided shade around the pen. I think the big thing is to keep them clean.

cherterr
#9 Posted : Wednesday, October 15, 2003 4:49:29 PM
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Patrick... "Fluffy" was always with the chickens too. This particular chicken had been only slightly wounded by the dog. (Tiny area of broken skin) I put the chicken back over the fence to chicken/potbelly area.. and that pig ravenously attacked it! I oculdn''t believe it!

Steve... yeah.. they love to play in the pond/water, etc. and they LOVE to be clean from my observation/reading. If they have an area to do so will take care of themselves pretty much on the ''mud'' thing! :):)
skruzich
#10 Posted : Wednesday, October 15, 2003 6:02:59 PM
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Pigs are very aggressive when they encounter a wounded animal.
It is much better from what i observed at my grandfathers when they go take a dip in the pond and then roll around in the dust afterwards
majik
#11 Posted : Wednesday, October 15, 2003 6:02:59 PM
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Can folks share their ideas about creative pig houses? I'm hoping to get two weaners next spring, but if I'm going to convince my husband, the housing has to be cheap, strong, and easy to assemble. Also, although we have a barn, I want to keep the pigs separate. Any ideas? Many thanks!
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