Sunday, October 07, 2012

Building a Hog Pen: Version 2.0


So it had to happen... A pig pen expansion. The pigs grew and are still growing and needed a new habitat badly for a while now. We finally got around to it last weekend.

While we were putting in a trench to run water and power down to the shed, future barn site, and my brother's new home-site at the edge of the woods we went ahead and trenched a 6-10" deep perimeter around where we wanted the new pig pen to be. I then went back around and dug about 30 post holes by hand and scrounged up every available landscape timber, fence post, and 4x4 I could find to fill the holes. Then with the help of my brother and father in law we draped the fence down in the hole and around the posts of the perimeter, and now we're left with a fence lowered into the ground to deter digging under by the piggies. We debated on whether to bury the fence or leave the ditch open and decided on open to try to keep the fence from rusting out sooner. FYI: if you see my fence looking droopy or my posts crooked just take into account that this was a makeshift pig habitat that was put together by amateurs whose main goal was to get a fence erect rather than airtight and pretty.

Yes that is the old "mobile" pig hut in the background. Yes it is turned up on its side, and yes it was the host of a thousand varieties of hellish smells. Thanks to getting them out in the open with grass and room to run and lounge about the smell has gone down exponentially.

I had "set the line" at 4 days Over/Under on the pigs escaping from the new pen. For those that don't know that is sports gambling talk (you'd bet on the over or the under). Josh bet the Under saying he thought 3 days. Gerry bet the Over saying he thought they'd be in there for at least 2 weeks before they got out, if they did in fact get out. It has now been 7 days and not even a hint of escaping so far. It seems like if they try to root at the fence line at all (which they haven't really yet) then it actually buries the bottom of the fence and furthers our defenses against completely free range pigs.

Now there are two looming pig tasks in question: #1) Picking up pig three from neighbor's house, and #2) Castrating Bacon if it isn't too late. We are right along the borderline of it being too late for castration which I have had trouble deciding on. Originally the plan was to let him breed her and then castrate him but I think that might have been foolish pig newbie-talk. Then the plan was to castrate him soon and use my neighbor's boar hog for stud service and butcher our pig when it was time. Well then my neighbor said he was thinking about getting rid of his boar hog so I should hang onto mine's nuts, but now he has decided to keep him after all so castration is back on the table. Ah the things we ponder here at the farm...

3 comments:

  1. I think you got two cute piggies there Jason.Have read about the pork shortage we are getting,you can google it.We're not gonna do pigs just the chickens til we get used to our surroundings.I just got my chicken book Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens and it's good.I mainly want a garden and go from there. Hows' the your animals coming along,getting ready for winter?

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  2. Going good, and they're eatin too much lol. Need to get rid of a few goats and some birds too. Shouldn't be too much of a pork shortage around here, lol.

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    1. My cuz told me you couldn't turn a corner up there without hitting a chicken coop,alot more people are having pigs again,and gardens.I've been trying my best to keep up with any kind of news around those parts.I don't want to walk into a you know what and be blinded.We're gonna be at least 5 miles out of town and right smack in the middle of country so I don't think we are gonna have problems.Don't know yet how long it will take to get a coop going.

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