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New Pigs
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Jimbob    Posted 05-30-2003 at 18:26:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got two 5 week old Duroc-York mix pigs today. I finished the inside pig pen with 2" by 4" solid lumber sides to 4 feet tall. I am starting an outside pen of #6 guage chainlink fence that is 6 feet tall- real sturdy material. How deep should this fence be buried to stop the pigs burrowing underneith the fence? And, never having pigs before, are all breeds about the same?

Lazy Al    Posted 05-31-2003 at 04:15:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Put up an electric fence . After the pigs get
shocked a time or two you can just about turn off the fencer and they woun't go near it . Or cross that line when you want to move them or get them out of there ,

Burrhead    Posted 05-30-2003 at 21:52:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have'nt ever buried a fence. It's easier to ring the hogs nose than to dig trenches. When ye ring a hog's nose it won't be rooting the pens all to pieces either.

Promise Land Ranch    Posted 05-30-2003 at 19:46:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]

We did a similar set up with our pigpen and we buried the chainlink about 1.5 to 2 feet in the ground. The pigs don't mess with the chain link but they do dig around the fence line in some places. I have included a picture (I hope it works).

Good luck with your new adventure.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 05-30-2003 at 18:53:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not an expert, but mine is buried about 6", more or less. Seems to work here.

Cindi    Posted 05-31-2003 at 10:46:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can bury the fence if you want but once one of them decides to root, they can root down five or six feet if they want to, depending on the soil. Electric, like Al said is really the best, but you have to make sure to give them at least a foot leeway on every side because that's how much leeway they are going to give that electric.

In other words if your pen is eight by ten, to them it's going to be seven by nine. Another fairly effective method is to string a tight strand of barbed wire right at the ground around the inside. But if you can manage electric, you'll be better off. They will never look at a strand of shiny wire the same way ever again.

Cindi    Posted 05-31-2003 at 10:48:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Scuse me, I mean to them an eight by ten pen will be six by eight. They are going to stay a foot away from each side at all times.

Jimbob    Posted 05-31-2003 at 12:36:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tnx, I'll electic fence the interior. The outdoor pen is 8' x 20' with one side against a steel sided pole barn. The fence will still go up to keep large cats, bears, foxes & badgers away. I do not know if a bear will try to eat or kill a small pig, the large panther type cats here are almost never seen, the foxes are small & a badger usually will only eat a chicken- although they are fearless & very nasty. Once a badger moves in, they want you out. I have had to hire a trapper ($70) because the DNR will fine anyone that kills a badger $1000 to $2000 here.

John Boy    Posted 05-31-2003 at 17:15:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
A little off the Subject but your talk of varmits reminds me of a story a old timer once told me....Said when he was a boy he lived some where out in the sticks in arkansas....he said that his family had a couple hogs both weighed in at about 300-350 Lbs a piece.....he said that one evening when laying in bed he heard a bunch of noise from the hogs and ran to the window to get a better look....He said he seen a very figure run into the woods with both hogs over it shoulders....he then awoke his father and they went to check it out....he said the pig pen was tight no way they could of got out....they followed a blood trail about a 1/4 of a mile were they found both hogs....and in the creek bed he said there was very large human like footprints and the smell in the air was so bad it made his eyes water...he said that it happened when he was about 13 and until the time he joined the army and moved away at 19 he heard screams in the trees and would come upon the huge prints while hunting...How much truth there is to this story i dont know...all i can tell you is that this man was the county sheriff around these parts for some years and was always well know for how honest he was and was a friend of everyones dont think he would i said dont know how much of it is true or not but i thought it was kinda of interesting....He told me the story when i bought my first couple hogs!!! I was worried about something getting them for weeks!!! i havent really had much trouble with predators....some of them old sows getting pretty dang grumpy themselves!!! especialy the short tempered hampshires i have!!!

Well good luck to you and watch out for them big hairy critters in the trees!!!

Jimbob    Posted 05-31-2003 at 19:00:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a bigfoot!

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