Raising Pigs At Home

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Raising Pigs At Home – 3 Simple Tips As A Guide

Raising a few pigs at home can be a rewarding family project. To begin, feeder pigs are purchased as weaned piglets at 68 weeks old. They are raised to market weight, 200250 pounds, at about 6 months of age. They should be healthy and in good condition when purchased. Characteristics to look for include smooth hair coat, pink skin color and alertness. Feeder pigs should weigh about 40 pounds at purchase.

3 Vital Factors For Raising Pigs At Home:

1) Water
A pig will drink 24 gallons of water a day. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times. There are many types of automatic waterers available, or you can simply provide a tub of water. Watering systems should be checked and cleaned regularly, especially during warm weather. If a water tub is provided secure it firmly as pigs will root under it and spill the contents.

2) Management
Pigs will stay clean if you let them. They will designate an area for eating, sleeping and elimination of waste. If they are house inside leave a space free of bedding to be used for waste. In an outside pen, the pig will establish its own preferences.

Remove manure from pen daily and keep pen dry to reduce odors. Consider your neighbours when planning the location of your housing and manure storage areas. Keeping the manure storage area dry helps to reduce odors, consider covering manure to keep out rain. Composted pig manure makes an excellent addition to garden soils.

3) Housing
Before you bring a pig home have a place prepared to house your pig. Pigs need protection from the elements. In warm weather they need a place that is dry and protected from the sun. In cold weather pigs also need a dry place that is protected from the cold and wind. Size the pen to accommodate the pig as it grows. Pigs need enough space to move comfortably. Young pigs weighing 50 pounds need at least 46 square feet per pig. When they have reached market weight 200250 pounds they need 1012 square feet of space each.

Pigs may be kept outside during warm weather. Fencing for pigs is an important consideration. You may use a permanent, ‘hogtight’ woven wire fence with a board around the bottom to discourage digging, or you may use temporary moveable electric fencing systems if you train the pigs to it. A moveable fencing system allows you to use the pigs to clear and work a piece of land they will get some of their feed from ‘pasture’, it will keep the pig pen from becoming muddy and reduce odors.

If you raising pigs outside, be sure to provide protection from the sun, pigs have sweat glands on their snouts only and will sunburn and over heat quickly. What ever housing and fence system you use, make sure it is pig tight. Pigs are very intelligent animals, if there is a weak point in the pen, they will find it and they will get out. Be warn in your journey of learning how to raise pigs.