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post #11 of 19 Old 05-17-2012, 11:02 AM
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I show show pigs for FFA, and our pens were 10x10 with cement flooring and a covered barn. We stuffed our pens with shavings for the pigs to be comfortable. They had fans, misters, automatic waterer, heat lamp, and were fed twice a day. I took my pig out and exercised him by walking every day. I washed my summer pig in the wash racks every day, because he LOVED taking baths and it was a great way to cool him down. There's a sand arena they can run/root around in while you're cleaning out their pen and getting their food ready. When I exercised, I'd either walk him in the sand arena to get that show feeling, or walk him around the barn in the grass for about 10-15 minutes. An yes, I taught my pig how to trailer by walking up the ramp. I inevitably taught him how to walk onto the slaughter trailer on move-out day, and got the compliment that my pig was the most behaved out of every singly one that loaded on the trailer. I took very good care of my pig and treated him like a dog, and he loved me. He was very smart and learned how to open his gate to his pen, the little rascal. The first picture is the day I got him, and the second picture is a couple months later rooting around in the arena. I miss my Ossi.
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post #12 of 19 Old 05-17-2012, 11:17 AM
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I show show pigs for FFA, and our pens were 10x10 with cement flooring and a covered barn. We stuffed our pens with shavings for the pigs to be comfortable. They had fans, misters, automatic waterer, heat lamp, and were fed twice a day. I took my pig out and exercised him by walking every day. I washed my summer pig in the wash racks every day, because he LOVED taking baths and it was a great way to cool him down. There's a sand arena they can run/root around in while you're cleaning out their pen and getting their food ready. When I exercised, I'd either walk him in the sand arena to get that show feeling, or walk him around the barn in the grass for about 10-15 minutes. An yes, I taught my pig how to trailer by walking up the ramp. I inevitably taught him how to walk onto the slaughter trailer on move-out day, and got the compliment that my pig was the most behaved out of every singly one that loaded on the trailer. I took very good care of my pig and treated him like a dog, and he loved me. He was very smart and learned how to open his gate to his pen, the little rascal. The first picture is the day I got him, and the second picture is a couple months later rooting around in the arena. I miss my Ossi.
Oh man! That face in the second picture is too precious! I love pigs... they are such nice pets. (although I'm sure a lot of people can't even picture it!)
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post #13 of 19 Old 05-17-2012, 11:27 AM
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They are just like puppy dogs! I loved my piggies, Ossi and Dually. They were a nice change of pace from my insane goats
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post #14 of 19 Old 05-17-2012, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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I can't see the link for the pig pannel but I think I know what it is. How much are they? I think pallets would be much easyer to get but im afraid of her gettin out. If I take her out to exercise what happens if she runs off? What do I do then? Lol
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post #15 of 19 Old 05-17-2012, 05:31 PM
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Walk her with a harness and your pig whip. Ossi, the blue butt I posted, ALWAYS darted off from his pen and ran everywhere in the barn, which is bad for his feet with the concrete. So I used the harness for my goats and stuck it on him(it was pretty loose so no choking), and walked him. You want to use your pig whip as well, to get them used to it and be able to control them.
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Hog panels are about $25 each. You can use cattle panels (cheaper) if your pig is large enough to not fit through the squares. I had 30lb piglets that did fine with cattle panels.

If the pig takes off.... well pigs can RUN! Oh and they SCREAM!!

So *Not Me* left the gate to the pigpen open one night. I worked until 2am and was woken up at 6:30am by two screaming kids who informed me the piglets had escaped and were in the chicken pen terrorizing the chickens and charging the ones that wanted to leave the coop. So there I was in my PJ's chasing piglets and let me tell you, they can RUN and when you catch one by the leg and haul him SCREAMING back to the pigpen, all the horrified children on the school bus that are watching report back to the school principal about the crazy lady in her PJ's that was torturing pigs...... yeah that was a fun morning.
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post #17 of 19 Old 05-17-2012, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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ill try a harness but idk how she will take it. She's kinda a butt.
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post #18 of 19 Old 05-17-2012, 06:23 PM
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I can tell you right now she's not going to like it. Ossi hated it, and would grunt and get angry and fight it. But after a couple sessions, he really calmed down and finally accepted it to the point where I didn't have to use it anymore.
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post #19 of 19 Old 05-18-2012, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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I have these metal things im going to add on to the pen and im going to gess that there 6 foot long so that would make the pen 19 foot long, but it would still only be 5 foot wide.
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