Category: Pig Facility

Plumbing in the Pig Pens

Alliteration for all us aging ag folks. I am sore today from digging up water lines that supply the hog pens, reconfiguring them to work better, digging more trenches for additional lines, and burying it all back. I had to…

Feeding Time

I just switched to a ground feed; and I couldn’t bear to watch them try to eat the dry pile of stuff, so I started soaking it in water. The teenagers and the adults are getting the same kind of feed,…

Piggery Diggles

Ok, since I posted a drawing of the pig shed and pens in another post, with all those numbers and letters that makes little sense with the post it is in, I figured I would post the rest of the…

Redesign of the pens

I have been dissatisfied with the original pens since we farrowed our first litter, I have thought and thought about how to fix them while hogs are in them, and how to build them so I (and the hogs) would…

Raising a Hog – Feeding

This is a part of a series of posts on Raising a hog. These are geared toward a smallholder, or anyone raising a single feeder hog or a few feeders. This post is about feeding your hogs, what to use…

Raising a Hog – Water

These are notes for raising a hog to butcher. This post deals with water needs for hogs, and I try to focus on the needs for a backyard hog being raised for the freezer. The posts in this ‘series’ of…

Dancer has a 5 star Day

Dancer is becoming my favorite hog. She is cranky, hates the neighbors, but tolerates me. She is the only one that will challenge the boar, Daddy O, even though he is a lot larger. But she is a fantastic mother.…

Piglets get Ear Notched

After all the commotion Monday and Tuesday and the loss of half of our piglets, Wednesday was a nice Sunny day. I let Dancer and her babies out of the shed for some much needed outside time and sunshine and exercise.…

Happy days, and Sad days

We just had our first litter of Red Wattle hogs, 8 beautiful babies that were all active and healthy. Dancer was taking great care of them all. That was Sunday, happy piglets, happy momma, even the other hogs seemed happy. The…

New Tenants

I have had the new Red Wattles here for a week or so (10 days) and they seem to be getting more comfy with their setting. I took them to the vet today to get their eartags put in, which…

Pig Shed

I will have to go get more tin for the pig house, I was waiting to see what I needed for the doors. Looks like tomorrow is the only day I get to work on it before the nasty weather gets here.

Pig Shed

I started a building last week and have been adding pictures to the Gallery and to a web page just for this project. It is 26′ by 12′. There is a lot of detail on the web page so check there for…