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Pig potty?
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DeadCarp    Posted 05-15-2003 at 19:20:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Years ago we'd go shooting and we had favorite canyons for target practice. Eventually we'd befriended the fella at the hog ranch at the end of a canyon, (hundreds of hogs & no stink) we got talking pigs one day and asked how he got by without the smell, and he showed us something interesting: He claimed pigs like to be very neat and methodical, including their potty habits. Mosy of the smell is from ammonia that's been allowed to build up and is trying to evaporate. So he had built a kinda open-top cistern to accomodate them. The thing was just a huge concrete pit, filled with gravel and topped with narrow cement blocks placed on edge. I guess a few buried pipes went to a big drainfield. Then he had overhead sprinklers on a timer so it would "flush" every hour or so, and he cleaned up the stray stuff with a garden hose. Sure enough, pigs kept coming around like they were supposed to and he said they very seldom forgot. Anybody else ever tried that kind of system?

Linda    Posted 05-15-2003 at 23:19:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
No, never tried it, but it sounds like a good theory. Pigs do prefer to use only one area of their pen for a bathroom.

Cindi    Posted 05-16-2003 at 03:50:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes they do. Ours would invariably go to the same corner of their pen every time. (When they were in a pen) Which was usually the sunny corner as they choose the shady side as their living quarters. This means that the sun is allowed to bake and break down solids and the liquids dry naturally or just absorb into the dirt. We have twenty five to thirty head of pigs on five acres or so, and unless you see them, you wouldn't know they are there. I was really surprised to find that they don't tear up the pasture either. The grass is as plentiful and green as it was before they were put on it.

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