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Allmost got the Pig Pen done today!!
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Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-20-2002 at 21:30:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well allmost done! Got the 12-treated 4x8 line & corner posts and gate post set and 3/4s of the 4" dia top rail knotched and spiked on. Trenched 120 ft all the way around it for the chain link to go 20" in the ground. Had the trencher at 4:30pm so thats when I started. Only have a little top rail left and then the chain link can go up. Not bad for 4 hours work. Tomorrow I get to start the 250 ft fence around the Garden, but I get all day to work on that one, FUN HU??? Might get it done by night time. If not I will wrap it up Monday or Tueday! Mark H.



Jenna    Posted 04-25-2004 at 16:30:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello

I was just looking up online the best way to build a pig pen because I was worried about them rooting. The guy I talked to raises show pigs in for 4H and FFA in Wyoming. He said that his dont root. He told me the only reasons they root are because they don't have the right minerals, or they are too hot. So if they are rooting alot you might want to check on some of those things. It sounded reasonable to me.

Jenna


DeadCarp - potty corner?    Posted 04-21-2002 at 13:27:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Friend of mine raised hogs out West, had hundreds.
He had a deep "septic pit" full of gravel in one corner, covered it with cement blocks on the side
and the hogs used it for a potty. Hardly any smell.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-21-2002 at 22:09:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Them Pigs are smarter then people give them credit for. Ours have allways used one corner to take care of bussiness in. Today when we put them in the new pen they were running all around rolling in the fresh dusty dirt and having a blast. The dogs got into the act and were chasing them from the outside of the pen and the Pigs were getting off on it. They would run up to the fence freeze then take off do a few donuts and come back for more. Turned out to be a family get together with wife and daughter helping and the dogs laying near by. Even the chickens got into the act!! It sounded and looked like Old McDonnels Farm today. Mark H.


Larry    Posted 04-21-2002 at 08:33:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Did you say pig pen? Sounds more like you're building a rhino pen.:-) How any pigs to you plan on keeping?


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-21-2002 at 13:13:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was tired of the pigs rooting up the fence so I thought if it was 18-20 inches in the ground that would stop. I am the type that realy like only to build one fence and the old pig pen was one I just thru up and it only lasted 6 years! This will be the last time I build one for the pigs. We have 3 now but would like up to 5 at a time. The coyoites won't be able to get the weaner pigs thru the chain link un less they jump it. and I have allmost 5 ft. out of the ground. We only keep them for 6 months then in the freezer they go. Mark H.


Larry    Posted 04-21-2002 at 15:07:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Sounds good. I was just poking a little fun at you. I started out with just a few feeder pigs too,but now things have gotten out of hand.LOL. I'll post a link to my hog ranch in case you haven't seen it.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-21-2002 at 19:05:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Larry; You sure got some BIG PIGS!!! We buy weaners and just keep them long enought to butcher. They get to about 250lbs+ then it time. I would have to get some hot wire for those. I did get the pen done and the pigs are having a blast running around in such a big pen. Put a water line down to it also. Going to put one of those auto water tips on a line they seem to like it and saves on water too. Mark H.


Larry    Posted 04-22-2002 at 07:17:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]

On hot days you'll see those pigs holding the nipple waterer down just to get water on the ground. Next the you know you'll have your self one big mud hole. I got two words for you on this subject. Cement,or nose rings. Good luck.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-22-2002 at 08:16:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
They sure do like there mud hole!! We make them one in the middle of the pen for them. With our hot summers they love to wallow in them. We used to ring the ones back east on the farm. We would tie a rope to a real strong post in the barn and loop it on the snoot and they would pull back till it was tight and you could just stand there and put them in there noses. If we kept them full time concret would be nice along with nose rings. The pens get to dry out for 6-months out of the year and we fill in the holes they dig after they are gone. Pigs are like tanks and hard to stop ones they get it in there mind they are going!! Mark H.


DaveS    Posted 04-21-2002 at 14:36:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the idea.Just got offered about 1000 feet of 6' chain link.For free.Delievered.Now I know what I'm going to do with some of it.DaveS


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