The best ways to house and fence pigs

 If you raise pigs for meat on your small farm or farm, you will want to know how to house and fence them properly.

The best ways to house and fence pigs

Fence for small enclosures

Pigs are even more adept than goats at avoiding fences, most experts recommend electric fences, although hog panels can also be used.

 Some farmers keep pigs in a relatively small pen with pig panels, ensuring that their space will be turned to mud within days, now you can use this effect to your advantage by using hogs as tillers, to clear and straighten the ground you intend to plant later. 

Simply use pig panels to fence off a pen for your piglets, buy some grain, install a vending machine and automatic waterer, add straw or sawdust and watch them grow. If your terrain is limited, this is probably the way to go. Pigs raised in this way need only 2 space each, they will smell badly and you'll have to pay for every penny of their nutrition, so it's also the most expensive way to raise pigs.


Electrical fence

But you can consider using electric fences to enclose your pigs in a larger pasture by allowing them more space, they spread their own manure, fertilizing your land (or you can dig up the manure and compost it with hay, straw, or wood chips). 

The key to grazing pigs, as with any animal, is rotational grazing. That is, rotate them to a new pasture as the current pasture gets muddy and muddy. Depending on the size of the pasture, plan to rotate them once a week. This is the same method used with sheep, goats, cattle and chickens.

Pigs don't just eat grass, they also eat brush, so you can use them to clear rougher areas.

Make sure you have all the tools you'll need before you start building.

The best housing for pigs

For housing, pigs need a three-sided shelter that will protect them from sun, wind and rain. You can build it out of pallets, scrap wood, or whatever you have around.

 They should be dry, shaded and protected from the wind. It is more or less that, an A-frame shed works well. Make sure your shelter has enough ventilation.

Provide them with high-carbon bedding, such as hay or straw, to soak up their urine and droppings and absorb the smell.

Water is also a key part of the pigsty. Not only do pigs drink a ton of water, but they appreciate a pool or mud pit to cool off and wallow in and they like to frolic in sprinklers or get sprayed on a hot summer day. Make sure fresh, cool water is near your pigs.

When it comes to fences, pigs are smart. They will quickly learn to respect an electric fence, whether it is a woven wire fence with a hot wire around the nose or several strands of electric wire. Pigs can't lean or leap, so it doesn't have to be very tall - three feet tall should do it. But you'll also need to make sure you leave an un-electrified "gate" through which the pigs enter and exit the pen, as they won't pass through an area where the electric fence used to be.

You can use electric net fences for your pigs, which are easy to assemble and disassemble and use to train small piglets. So even though a normal-sized pig might run through it and knock it over, they learn to respect it when they're little. You can also use three or four strands of wire, which is cheaper, but when the piglets are small they can slip under.

 You can start the piglets with pig panels and one electric strand inside, then move them to a different setup with four electric strands and poles. 


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