New Pig Pen Area....FINALLY!

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New Pig Pen Area....FINALLY!

Post by jjstyle on Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:02 pm

This has been a work in progress for a few months. the previous owners didnt care much about the land and just had trash scattered everywhere.

We finally have this area cleared and have set up some of the pig fence, nothing is finalized. I still want to add a feed area, a shelter, water and a I'll be running a stand of electric fence along the bottom.

Can I have suggestions on dimensions of a pig shelter that would be suitable for 2 grow outs?

The total area I am preparing for them will be between 800 - 1,024 square feet. I am thinking of dividing this into two or three sections and rotate them to give the land some chance of recovery.

Give me all your tips and tricks! Smile


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Post by Sean Ph'lib on Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:51 pm

It looks very impressive - and expensive! I'd be inclined to hammer in some stout posts at the corners and at every spot where the gates meet. I can envisage a determined pig getting his snout into a gate and uprooting a section. But the electric fence should do the trick. I know one fellow who confines his pigs with just the one electric strand and nothing else.

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Post by wayland on Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:25 am

Hi JJ. Do you intend to keep your pigs in this area or are you going to move them on later and grow in the ground that they have cultivated/manured for you?
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Post by jjstyle on Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:07 am

The idea will be to keep moving them. I believe in letting animals disturbed the soil and allowing it to recover. I might just plant a cover crop in this area as the soil quality is very poor at the moment.

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Post by wayland on Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:30 pm

jjstyle wrote:The idea will be to keep moving them. I believe in letting animals disturbed the soil and allowing it to recover. I might just plant a cover crop in this area as the soil quality is very poor at the moment.
Well your ground will be greatly improved by including a pig break in your rotation. I would remove the larger stones as the pigs root them up. I would closely confine the pigs so they cultivate the ground intently before they are moved on. while the pigs are placed elsewhere I would let the plot grow weeds etc, and when sufficient has grown but before it seeds bring the pigs back. This will clean up the plot no end.
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Post by Drowned_pig on Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:11 pm

I’d put a single strand of electric wire near the bottom of the fence ...you’d be amazed at how clever they are at getting under fences
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Post by Drowned_pig on Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:48 pm

Oops sorry just noticed your comment on the electric wire
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Post by Drowned_pig on Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:49 pm

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