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post #1 of 19 Old 05-16-2012, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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pig pen? limited time and supplys!

we got two blue butts donated to our FFA chapter and im taking one to the fair and shes coming to my house soon. I need to build a pen fast and dont have what I need! I have an old horse trailer and a truck rack so i was thinking I take the door off the trailer and set the truck rack at the opening. of corse I will secure it and stuff. i also have 3 sheets of ply wood and a bunch of 2x4s. but does anyone have a better idea?
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post #2 of 19 Old 05-16-2012, 08:33 PM
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99% guarentee that she will mess up your trailer, and badly. Plus if she's nearly as big as our pigs, she isn't going to be able to maneuver to get into the trailer unless it has some sort of ramp.

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ok not so much limited time but nobody to help me build it and im not much of a carpenter, lol.
also, the trailer is 6ft 6in. long and 5ft wide and so is the rack. so thats 13'x5'. is that enough room for a 90 pound pig, and if she makes weight, will be at least 220 pounds, for 4 months?
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I dont care if she messes up the trailer it will never be used agian. and im gonna have a ramp.
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I personally don't think so. Our 190 lb Potbellied Pig has a 16'x14' pen, and it still seems a little small to me. We let her out weekly to stretch her feet. But we don't show or anything, so if it doesnt matter if your pig can exercise or not I suppose it doesn't matter...

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Absolutely not!

I have a 32' x 32' square pen for my pigs. They have a 3 sided shelter with the 4th side half covered and straw bedding. There's a 55gal water barrel and a creep feeder that holds slightly over 50lbs of pig food.

What you're suggesting is the equivalent of stuffing a dog into a crate for 4 months.

Pigs are living, breathing ANIMALS. They need proper food, water AND housing. They like to dig in the dirt, wallow in a mud puddle, have their butts scratched and their tummies rubbed.

And YES it most certainly matters if the pig is able to walk around and exercise! It would be like stuffing a horse in a 10x10 stall and leaving it there for 4 months. Downright cruelty!

It's very simple, go to the nearest farm and ranch supply store and buy a few t-posts and a minimum of 4 hog panels. Put the t-posts at the corners and wire the panels to them. Then take the 2x4's and plywood you have and build the pig a shelter. Pigs BURN if they do not have shade.

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I know there animals! not to sound like a b**** but.. the trailer will be shelter and i will have my adviser approve of whatever I get done. I was just asking for better ideas. what is a pig pannel?
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It's a welded wire panel.

Feedlot Panel, Hog, 16 ft. L x 34 in. H - 3610325 | Tractor Supply Company

A trailer could possibly be shelter but not it's entire pen. Keep in mind, pigs do not step up very well and unless you set the trailer flush with the ground in the pen, it's not going to be suitable.

If you thought loading a horse could be difficult.... I recently spent 3+ hours chasing two 250lb pigs and then trying to convince them to step up into a trailer. It was not enjoyable to say the least.
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I don't think 13' by 5' is big enough. I think the general guidline is 100 square feet per pig. I have about 400 square feet for 2 pigs and they really don't use the whole pen. While I won't say it's easy, it definately possible to put 250-300# pigs in a horse trailer. You'll need a chute type area. My last pigs went right in. Just don't give them a spot to turn around. More than likely, the pigs won't use the horse trailer as shelter. Too much work. They'd probably just lay in the rain/sun. If the hog panels are too expensive, you can go to businesses and get pallets, usually for free. Use screws to hold them together. You may need some 2x4's also. Depends on the pig and how much space you give them.

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I agree that they need ample space... pigs are very misunderstood that way. They are highly intelligent, and can suffer mentally in small confined spaces. They are curious and love roaming far more than people think. But then again, I have a pet pig that is the equivalent of a dog, so maybe I'm super biased. But she goes nuts even if just confined to the garden, she loves roaming the whole property and all the pastures. She doesn't just lay around all day.

But maybe she's just a spoiled brat, who doesn't know how pigs are supposed to be kept :)
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