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bodger

How to keep a pig ark in place?

We had strong winds here last night and my 12 foot and very substantial pig ark started to go walk about.
My pig arks obviously need to be anchored in some way.

First of all, whatever system I use needs to work, but at the same time, if I ( and not the pigs) decide that the arks need removing then whatever I decide to do, needs to be fairly easily dismantled.
The other important consideration to be taken into account, is that whatever is used to anchor the arks, need to be safe for the pigs so that they can't damage themselves on it.

Any and all ideas will be gratefully received and considered.
rhino

Put sleepers on the bottom (coach screws) extra weight then sink 4-6 or how many fence posts round it screw them to the sleepers then ratchet strap over the the top of the arc for a belt and braces approach. Who knows it might even work  
bodger

This thing is that bdooly heavy and although the evidence is right before my eyes, I can't believe its moved.
hughesy

We've had a couple of our small 8' x 6' arks blown over when it's been extremely windy. I try to site them where thay have a bit of shelter from a hedge or something else that breaks the wind up a bit. And don't have the doors facing into the wind if I can help it. If you're reaaly worried a couple of fence posts either side and a rope or a ratchet strap over the top should stop them moving.
Justme

Get 4 ground screws & a pair of ratchet straps.

linky

Fowgill Farm

hughesy wrote:
We've had a couple of our small 8' x 6' arks blown over when it's been extremely windy. I try to site them where thay have a bit of shelter from a hedge or something else that breaks the wind up a bit. And don't have the doors facing into the wind if I can help it. If you're reaaly worried a couple of fence posts either side and a rope or a ratchet strap over the top should stop them moving.



Agree entirely, relatively easy and cheap. Though normally with a big fat 30 odd stone gissy in them they don't move much!
Mandy
bodger

We haven't got floors in our arks.

While we're talking about floors in arks, now that we're horseless, we have some heavy duty 8x4 horse/cow mats, has anyone tried using them beneath their pigs in the arks? Do you think it would work?
horace

Won,t it compact the ground too much
bodger

I don't think so Horace, I was hoping that with plenty of straw on top, they might add a little more insulation, a little bit like a ground sheet in a tent.
rhino

I've got some under a small area 12'x24' that I use to wean the piglets, it's secure so they can't sneak back to mum. They make mucking out easy but not much good for electric fence training  
Otherwise they seem to work well.
hughesy

I would think rubber stable mats would be ideal in a floorless pig ark. They'll stop the pigs churning the ground up if it gets wet in there and should keep the straw drier for longer.
bodger


I'll give it a go.

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