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Need Advice - Pigs
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EIEIO    Posted 06-23-2002 at 08:32:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
As you know we have two pigs, they are in an outside pen, pretty good space. Mud hole, shade, but no grass. I feed them pig food, plus leftovers, good garbage, no meat, fresh water, you could say they are spoiled. That's okay because the better I treat them the better they will taste.
Anyway, do pigs have to have a pasture? I give them grass and hay. Is this enough?
Also what is good to clean their pen out with? I realize I will never get rid of all the pig smell but besides raking and putting in fresh hay every so often is there something I can put in there to quelch a little of the smell and flies? Or does this come with the territory?

Thanks again all you experts for your help!! Have a beautiful Sunday and give someone special a hug!

Hogman    Posted 06-23-2002 at 15:53:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Two pigs can cleanup a fairly large area of greenery in a very short period leaving bare soil. I used this trait several times to clear a grass and weed spot. Brush is another thing,They are not Goats.
I ran most of My hogs on pasture,some 40 acres plus large pens. They do well on good grass but still need suplemental feed.

The higher tha protien tha higer tha stink level. Thats a no win situation since good meat and growth requires protien and amino acids,hence smell. Have been some lengthy discussions about feed and even tho Maw Hog says I can walk on water I realize it's not true. BUT to start with, when the owner of the local processing plant wanted a hog for HIS freezer he called Me. I have always gone by the rule of garbage in, garbage out and I look on "table scraps" as garbage.

When weaned My Pigs went on a diet of pulverized corn,48% soybean meal and a "lean hog" mineral mix. And were pen raised with enough room to run and play. Anyone caught throwing anything that a pig could or would ingest in one of those pens was taken to task in a manner assuring no repeats.
Now, go back to tha first part and remember this was a man as butchered a lot of hogs.

I rest my case.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-23-2002 at 10:56:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Eieio,if you had a small building for them to go into with lots of clean straw, then let them roam in a big field if the fences are good. They will keep the pen clean to sleep in.
Later Bob

EIEIO    Posted 06-23-2002 at 11:05:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will convey your message to Dennis, I keep telling him to fence in a big area. May he will listen to you. Thanks

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-23-2002 at 11:57:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They don't need the area for pasture, just recreational rooting, relieves stress. Not to mention spreading the super nutrient farther from the house. A good nine wire fence will do, strands tight together at the bottom, don't need chain link. If you have a creek they can go to it's a bonus, they will be there all the time.
Later Bob

Gimpleg Fagon    Posted 06-23-2002 at 10:27:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry, I can't give you any advice on pigs but if you need advice on pig HOUNDS or Prairie Dominator tractors, I'm your man.

EIEIO    Posted 06-23-2002 at 11:02:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gimpleg Fagon - no thanks, like a "GREENHORN", I looked up Tanzmanian Pig Hounds-well I am sure you know what I found!!! Here I trust you guys and believe everything you say is gospel. I ain't even going to look up Prairie Dominator Tractor. It's probably a woman from one of those bad movies. LOL

Gimpleg Fagon    Posted 06-23-2002 at 12:25:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well EIEIO, looks to me like that horn is getting less green all the time. I may stretch one once in a while but the rest of these boys'll give good info. BTW, I traded them two pig hounds for a Brantly Big Ox Five Wheeler tractor. They pretty rare here in the Cherokee Nations.

F14...Dang    Posted 06-23-2002 at 12:03:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yer too fast for us. A little known Western, with John Wayne, John Holmes and Walter Brennan. Involved a lot of leather, buggy whips, and chains, but, oddly enough, no horses...

EIEIO    Posted 06-23-2002 at 12:38:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dennis is in deep trouble now he knows who John Holmes was. He had to explain it to me. Better check out my movies and make sure they are what they are!!!

F14...Dangit, Woman!    Posted 06-23-2002 at 14:06:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya gotta WARN a feller. I dang near choked to death on my brownie!

ROFLMAOWTIME! Tell Dennis I'm sorry I ratted him out...

Fergus Dingle    Posted 06-23-2002 at 12:31:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I really liked that one cause I saw it 18 times. I liked the branding scene the best.

EIEIO    Posted 06-23-2002 at 12:42:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Boy we are really discussing pigs now!! LOL

DeadCarp    Posted 06-23-2002 at 09:58:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
There was a hograncher out west years ago, he raised hundreds and the pens didn't smell bad atall. He claimed pigs don't HAVE to smell. He showed me the setup - here he'd dug a deep pit, like a cesspool, and filled it with gravel, covered it with cement blocks laid the regular way, holes up, and avoided driving over the thing. The pigs apparently pee by odor, and liked to use one spot so they just used it naturally. He just hosed it down good everyday, the juice soaked in and the bacteria did the rest. With only a coupla pigs, that might be an relatively easy thing to try. Good luck......

Shelby Hendershot    Posted 06-23-2002 at 09:03:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have three pigs in a 14 by 40 pen and it is dirt. As far as grass goes they don't need pasture. All we give our pigs is the lawn clippings, but be careful if you use a fertilizer. Hay is also good but make sure it is not too coarse because they will have a hard time eating and digesting it. Some good first cutting Alfalfa-Grass would be perfect. They also get pig food and veggie scraps. I would not put anything down on the ground to reduce the smell or flies because pigs eat the bugs out of the dirt and they are likely to eat the stuff you put down and it may not be good for them. You will just have to get used to the smell.
Hope this helps,

Larry    Posted 06-23-2002 at 08:44:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Pigs really don't need any grass to eat,but they sure do like the stuff. Giving them a little fresh grass or alfalfa once in a while wouldn't hurt them at all.
As for the smell. There isn't really much you can do about it. Keeping the pig lot dry would probably help some. I keep mine covered with about six inches of lime stone,and make sure it is well packed before I put the little pigs in it. Is your pig lot flat,or is it slopped a little? Mine has a pretty good grade to it.That helps keeping it dry.

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