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Picture of the Pig Pen!
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Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-22-2002 at 14:38:43       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is my Yuppie Pig Pen! They have the Life of Rally in there! They just found the auto waterer and were fighting over it. If I ever decide to stop raising Pigs, I can keep other animals in it too. A little fancy for pigs but what the heck they can have a nice place too. I still have to cover the building with metal so it will last as long as the fence dose. Mark H.


Overbuilt underthought? - Orin    Posted 04-23-2002 at 13:57:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guess they can't much get out. They're more like pets from what I read. Shoot, my Pap would have laughed his arse off with this pen you built. You take yerself WAY too serious from what I've been readin & lookin at. Wonder if you ever get accused of bein an 'overkill'? Holy Moses don't you have a dog that would stop them Coyotes an keep them pigs at home?


Christine    Posted 09-29-2004 at 15:09:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hey, my name is christine and im getting a pet pig and i want a pen similar to yours. I was just wondering how much it would cost, and how long it will take to make. Please send me an email if you have a chance. Or more pictures!!


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-23-2002 at 14:45:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya, the pigs are pets for 6 months then they get put in the freezer. I like over kill, I take pride in my place and enjoy building things. The pen could be used for other things too, I kept that in mind when I built it. I live in open range so I don't let my dogs run loose and I value my dogs to much to let them take on the packs of Coyoties that are running around here. You should see some of the fences around here the wind blows them over, there animals are getting hung up in them. Heck most of them the drifts will wreck them by the end of winter. That's why I called it my Yuppie pig pen. Mark H.


Mark A    Posted 04-23-2002 at 12:33:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
How deep is the wire buried? If not too deep, after a rain the pigs may root up under the wire. And if they can get a little under the fence, they will be able to wiggle out. Good luck.


Les    Posted 04-22-2002 at 16:18:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pretty fancy place for swine. Well done.
I know it's pretty dry where you are but is the house on high ground? Whole thing looks pretty level. Around here that might be a problem.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-22-2002 at 16:41:01       [Reply]  [No Email]

Les; Here is a view showing the drop off for drainage. The who thig is sloped so it can drain well. Also a back view of our Cookie Room and storage area behind the house. Mark H.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-22-2002 at 16:32:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Picture is deceving it drops about 6-8 inches with the house being at the low end and them about 2 ft from the house end it slopes down another 2 1/2 ft of drop. The ground dose slope away from all sides some what. I had to build up the pad with my tractor first. It is dry around here but you should see it during a 2 inch rain fall in a 1/2 hour if you don't slope things it is a mess. There is a drainage ditch that goes off into a pasture behind the house end. Mark H.


Larry    Posted 04-22-2002 at 15:42:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When can you come and remodel my pig pens?


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-22-2002 at 15:57:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
When you make a living raising pigs the pens never look nice, just to many pigs going thru them! I do like building things it is fun when they are done, a little costly for a pig pen but it should last a while this time. Mark H.


F14...Dang, Mark    Posted 04-22-2002 at 14:41:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's pretty uptown!

You travel any? I need a new pen for my meat birds...


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-22-2002 at 14:56:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
It would make a nice bird pen if it had a top on it. The fence is 5 ft. tall at the top. The treated 2x4s on the sides are pre/drilled and have 6" x 1/4" twisted spikes with washers on them holding them against the wire. The wire is attached to the 4X6 treated posts also and in the ground about 16 to 18 inches. Not sure if I would trave to do one I still have the garden one and that is 50 X 120 ft. in size. My daughter wants to get a Falcon for training and I will have to build a flite cage and home for it to. Mark H.


DeadCarp    Posted 04-22-2002 at 19:23:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's pretty fancy Mark! I hope the hogs don't root at the fence til the wire sags - oh well, the wallpaper will hold it! :)

Years ago, i was helping an old fella who raised
pheasants and made his own beer. Well, cold weather was coming on, so we decided to paste some old wallpaper on the henhouse walls to keep the wind out, then his pheasants could winter there. The job took a little longer than we thought, but we got her up by dark.

So i came home and my ex asked what i'd been doing (she knew about his hobbies) and i idly remarked that i was over to that fella's house and we wallpapered a chicken coop. "Suuure!",she says "and how much did we have to drink before we got started?" heh heh

Jeez we laughed about that when i realized how silly it sounded. I guess there's a moral there somewhere....:)



Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-22-2002 at 19:38:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wall paper? We are having some 40+mph winds right now I wonder how it would hold up? With the wire attached to the top rail that will take a while befor it sags. But if the get rough on it I have this 25 mile electric fence I could run around the inside to slow them down with. They squeeled real good when they hit it befor!! Seems like electricty works good on people and pigs! Mark H.


DeadCarp - grazing fence    Posted 04-23-2002 at 00:34:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
We used to string electric fence so the hogs could glean the garden and such. Just lay down a ring of firewood chunks, pound an insulator atop each one, string the fence, hang tinfoil balls or can lids on it (something to sniff) and plug her in! Then we just drag it around to a new place when they get things rooted up.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-23-2002 at 06:29:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's a good idea! I have a few spots I would like to have rooted up by them when they are bigger. They only weight about 25 lbs right now and the noses can't do much harm yet. Mark H.


Hogman    Posted 04-25-2002 at 04:00:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
To clear a spot of ground I used to put up panels on "T" posts,throw in a dab of feed to get em in,close it up and in nothin flat ground was clear and just about plowed.just turn Em lose befor They get hungry and tear things up.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-25-2002 at 07:08:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Both the above comments sound good to me. I will have to try it this year when the pigs are bigger. Mark H.


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