ready for winter?

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by jackie c, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. jackie c

    jackie c Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    561
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2004
    Location:
    ontario
    What is the minimum temperature a pig can endure with no ill effects. I don't want my sow to suffer a long cold winter, I would like to breed her to have piglets in spring, but will cull her before making her suffer. I have them in an old unheated, and poorly insulated chicken coop, that's all I have at the moment. I intend on building a better place ofr them next year. Should I wait for another sow next year or will she come through the winter OK?
     
  2. Wanda

    Wanda Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,165
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2002
    Jackie
    Hogs can do just fine in cold weather. They like any livestock need to be able to get out of the wind have good food and water and dry bedding. The colder the weather the more critical detail is!!! A small draft is no prob. at 40 but is very bad at 20 below :eek: Dry and draft free are the main things to look for in the housing it does not need to be fancy or airtight it will be more work to water in freezing weather and she will eat a bit more feed but will do just fine in the cold.
    Mr Wanda
    Mike
     

  3. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    7,154
    Joined:
    May 11, 2002
    How many hogs do you have together? Hogs pile up against each other to keep warm. It can sometimes be hard on the smaller ones when the big ones flop down on top of them. If the sow has a big pile of straw in her nest, she will work herself down into it to keep warm. We never had a hog freeze to death, but it is rare to have temps below -20 here. If it ever got down to -40 I think I'd load up my pig and head south. Either that or bring her in the house to help keep me warm.