The story of the four pigs and the farrowing hut (pics!)

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  1. Paul Wheaton

    Paul Wheaton Well-Known Member

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    WOW!!! I am so impressed. It looks great. :worship:

    I'm showing it to my dh when he gets home, maybe it will give him an idea!

    I also liked your story and pictures. Your pigs look very happy and the piggies as cute as can be.

    Good Job!
    Deb
     

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    Very impressive. That's almost nicer than our house.

    Hey, you and your serf wanna come build an addition on our house? Just kidding.
     
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    Wonderful! I think it's great that you are teaching these skills to your kid.

    And it looks like you have some very happy swine, as well. :D
     
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    Paul,

    That's a nice moveable shelter you built.

    Can I make a suggestion? The board you put in to give the little pigs space in back to get away from the sow (It's a 1" by 8"), but another one below it, or at least a 1" by 6". The sow can still swipe away in there with her hind legs getting up.

    The pigs are going to lay close to her to stay warm, so they might not spend a whole lot of time under there.

    I'd get the boar out of there.
     
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    Hi,

    Very nice job and nice piggies too! Wanna come put in arena fence? :haha:

    Sidepasser
     
  7. Paul Wheaton

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    That's actually a malformed 2x8.

    We're not so worried about the occassional swipe as we are about the full weight of mama on the piglet.

    We had about a dozen litters in the past with our previous boar in with the sows. Never a problem. Steve is new and this is the first time for all the girls (daughters of our previous boar). We made sure that Steve had lots of human contact - so now he's mighty gentle.

    What is the concern with the boar being in there?
     
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    Looks nice, the gilts seem to approve. One thing with pigs is it can never be to stout. We had one angry momma throw a heavy door and it's track off the barn once. It required three guys to lift the sucker. Anyhow the problem with the boar is sometimes they can get a little assertive, eat the babies to bring the sow back into heat. Other pigs will also eat the babies too. These girls and boar seem really content and are not crowded, hungry, bored, or nervous. I have had some bad experience with the whole eating litters thing. Is there space for four litters plus the boar?? Can you put heat lamps in or will it be warmer by the time they farrow?
     
  9. Paul Wheaton

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    They currently have about three acres for just the five of them.

    They get plenty of all natural food and I can't imagine that they are stressed in any way.

    Today was the coldest it has been in a while. We prefer to give the animals loads and loads of straw rather than providing a heat source. We also take steps to make sure we don't have babies in the middle of winter anymore. It should warm back up soon.
     
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    Very nice. Liked the story and the lil piggies they are soooo cute. :D
     
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    Paul I just enjoyed this on several levels! Love your humour, love it that you have a helpful boy, was very impressed with your design, and I have to be a girl and say that those baby pigs are SO CUTE!!

    hollym
     
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    :haha: I loved this and am very impressed with your "serf" and his abilities.

    The wee piggies were so cute.
     
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    Way to go Paul. Good job with your farrowing house, your pigs and especially your serf.
     
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    That was good, Oh no, I got the Lyrics to Insane Clown Possie's, Piggy Pie stuck in my head.:haha:
     
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    Thanks for the kind words y'all.

    We got seven more babies yesterday!
     
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    I'm impressed!

    Nice looking pigs. Nice looking "barn"

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    Yes, great looking place for the pigs! I am also impressed with your serf! I wish I had moved to the homestead when I first got the itch when my kids were little instead of waiting till they were grown. I think they missed out on a lot. Nice job!