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Old 01/14/12, 12:07 PM
 
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Eating treated wood skids?

Here is a picture of one of my pig houses. They are approx. 4' x 8' and I built them on treated 4 x 4s so I could easily move them around when I wanted. The skids stick out about a foot at each end and now the pigs have started chewing on/eating them.

Is there anything I can spray on the skids that the pigs will not like to chew/eat? I have searched online, but have not come up with an answer.
Would tabasco or other hot sauce deter them?

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Old 01/14/12, 03:28 PM
 
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Tabasco did not help! It may have been like adding fuel to the fire! ROTFLMAO

I put about 1/2 a bottle total on the two 4 x 4 skid ends. I let all three of them get a little taste then scolded them again. They went to the icy water and got a drink, then they came back for more. I scolded them more firmly this time and they got a little wack on the nose while biting the wood. They all went into the house after that and stayed there for a while. So I went on about my business.

When I came back to check a bit later, they had eaten a layer about 3/8 inch thick and about 8 inches long off of the top of each skid.
They liked the hot stuff!!

I have some large solid retaining wall blocks laying around, so I have stacked some of them on the skid ends. They are quite heavy, but I will not be surprised if they get moved!

They get plenty to eat. I do not know what the sudden interest in the treated wood is about.

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Old 01/14/12, 04:00 PM
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I wouldn't use treated wood because I don't want to eat the chemicals in the treatment. Instead I would just suggest sacrificing the wood. It will last for years without treatment. To make it last longer use cedar. Even longer, just raise the wood up off the ground on rocks.

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I dismantled a friend old playground, it was built out of untreated cedar 4x4's. I have been using these 4X4's for anything that will be inside the pigs pen. They were eating the cedar and I tried some hot sauce and they kept going, after a few days they stopped without doing too much damage.

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Spike, you have to feed the pigs. LOL!

Don't know about pigs, but Ivory soap works on horses. Just take a bar and rub it all over the wood. Good luck!

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The pigs also might be bored. Put things in that they can play with, including logs and sticks and they may find them more interesting than the skids.

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You could try this stuff called Fooy, I got it at the pet store and it is absolutely the most putred tasing thing of Earth! I know because my girlfriend decided to "test" it. Also try putting something else in there for them to chew on, I give my Hereford gilts some sticks I find around the yard and haven't had any problems with chewing on their pen.

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That was for me! And as a matter of fact, I probably deserve another one!

Why sure I have been feeding them. Along with their feed, this week I have used my scythe to cut rye and wheat grass to bring to them. They have also been getting extra beets and turnips thrown to them.
WHY? (here let me give myself another one of these )

Tuesday was the day I put the breeding animals together. Since then they have been restricted to an approximate 20' x 60' area. They have not been out to the pasture. I guess I got too worried about the boar doing his job!
The chewing/eating of the treated wood must have started late yesterday. Sure they are getting bored now. No one is now preoccupied with the excitment of mating!

I guess I was having a DUH HUH moment.

I will be trying the soap on what is left of the skid ends, just in case.
All future skids will be cedar logs.
A woman who would "test" the Fooy, must be top notch.

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A woman who would "test" the Fooy, must be top notch.

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Oh I was rolling on the floor laughing! She almost threw up on the spot. I still get a chuckle about it. The stuff works though.
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If you have access to locust wood, use them for your skids. They will last for a very long time even on wet ground and locust is a very hard and dense wood so they will be less chance of the pigs succeeding on chewing them down.

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Electric wire would probably work, too. But, the problem is the confinement. Critters get bored being in prison.

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You could try tacking a piece of field wire or smaller knit wire over the skids ends.

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I think I have some scrap pieces of 1/2 x 1/2 inch hardware cloth around some where. I do not throw much away until it is for sure unusable.

That may solve the problem.

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do your animals have access to salt and minerals? Treated lumber is sometimes referred to as salt treated. I have no idea as to what the treatments taste is. Possibly they are craving salt.

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Be very careful giving salt to pigs.

I would guess they are bored and chewing is giving them something to do. If you can, give them a larger area and some hay to munch on.

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