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bodger

Pig Arks.

The other day I put a post on the wanted section asking for pig arks, well Iíve had a bit of luck, Iíve managed to drop on a heavy duty twelve footer. Its commercial one thatís never been used. In fact, its never been erected. The guy Iíve bought it off bought three of them off a chap who virtually gave up keeping pigs before he started. All the parts are numbered and the best thing about it, is that its only six miles up the road.
Iíll erect it exactly where I need it but after that, when ever I want it moving, its so heavy that Iíll have to get a local farmer in with a tractor. My little Grey Fergi wouldnít stand a chance of moving it.
This addition gives me four sizeable arks, my converted 3000 litre oil tank and two traditional pig sties as farrowing rooms.
With coloured piglets right now only attracting bids of five to ten pounds each at markets, the arks that Iíve got are going to be more than enough for my size of enterprise.
I know this is a bit off topic but a friend saw finished Berkshire porkers go for twenty quid each the other day, so I need to be very careful not to get too many pigs. I hope to be able to continue selling all my animals as pork direct to the consumer. So far, this has been only way that Iíve been able to make my hobby viable. I just need to make sure that my enthusiasm doesnít exhaust my local market for my produce. Touch wood, thankfully thereís no sign of that happening as yet.
confused

Aye it's a fine line between ,+ and -, I have picked up a lot of good deals on local pig and lamb , this last year , and poultry is always available , I had a guy ring me and ask if I wanted to take 6 mixed cockerels of him , F.O.C.  they maybe were not the meatiest birds , but the price was right .
bodger

I've just got back home with this, all I've got to do now is put it together.









horace

It,s just a few nuts and bolts
bodger

Finished and thankfully without any bits left over.














joyce

Cracking job done there Bodger
12Bore

Nice!
I never knew that Meccano made pig arks!
bodger

It certainly makes the other ones that I've got look a bit tatty.
Dave C

Nice job mate  
rhino

 
Rena

Wow!! You did that in record time!!! Nice!!!
bodger

An even easier task will be in putting an electric fence around it but the one that I'm going to struggle with, is persuading Gladys and her nine piglets to make the 80 yard trip into it. Now that could be fun.
confused

  nice one , good luck with the move !
confused

  nice one , good luck with the move !
horace

All the best with that move
Rena

Food. Remember the food ...we could move most anything with delectable food
hughesy

That's a cracking ark that is. Was it a bargain? The only problem I can see with big ones like that and litters of weaners is that with so much space inside they won't go outside to the toilet.
bodger

Oops! Maybe lock them out of the ark until they find a place in the field to poop?
Jaycee

What do you use on the floor?
bodger

We bed them down on straw. My other arks are almost as large and we've never had a problem.
bodger

One of my jobs for the day is to put up an electric fence around the pig ark.
chicken feed

bodger wrote:
Oops! Maybe lock them out of the ark until they find a place in the field to poop?


we find closing the floor space down will encourage them to go where you want them to. Is there any way you could partition the ark until they grow to fit the ark ?
bodger

I can't see how I could reduce the floor space but I'm open to suggestions.
Jaycee

bodger wrote:
We bed them down on straw. My other arks are almost as large and we've never had a problem.


Yep,realised you used straw as bedding,was wondering if you used anything between dirt and straw.

I have to pen my sheep at night because of wild dog/dingo attacks and tried the straw direct on the ground .But found, due to wet animals, surface water in heavy rainfall and general dampness, the straw didn't last long.

I ended up putting down a thick layer of crusher dust with rubber matting on top and then the straw.
I realise my circumstance might be different ie unfortunately you can't toilet train sheep,  and you don't get the rainfall to create lots of surface water but I get 3 or 4 times more life out of the straw doing it this way.
Rena

Jaycee wrote:
I ended up putting down a thick layer of crusher dust with rubber matting on top and then the straw.


That's how we did our dairy girls when they had to stay the night in their stall due to freezing/below zero/blizzardy nights. (Minus the rubber mat) Sure worked great!
hughesy

We've got a variety of arks here, some with fixed floors, some with a wooden floor that just sits inside not attached to the ark itself and some without floors. I've learned not to use the fixed floor ones for young pigs as they're a hell of a job to clean out. The loose floors are ok but can build up a lot of mud mixed in with the straw when it's wet outside and are still hard work to clean out. My preference currently is for no floor with plenty of straw directly on the ground. I can keep topping it up until I decide enough's enough then I simply move the ark to a new patch of ground and start again. The old bed of straw can be harrowed or spread about and composts down over a few months. Much easier on me old back.
bodger

Mission accomplished. Dots five are now out in the wide green yonder.









Dots just followed us for the food and rather than mess about with the piglets, we picked them up and carried them one by one to their new abode.














Take a good look at the grass, it wont be there for long.




horace

They look quite content there
bodger

We moved them out there at around 8.30am and the last time I looked, they still hadn't been into the ark.
chicken feed

looking good  
sandrar

Well that's a sight for sore eyes. Lovely  
bodger

I've just checked them out and they're as snug as bugs in a rug. Mum and babes have started to poop in the corner of the field.
bodger

Scratch









Eeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




12Bore

bodger wrote:
Scratch




...and sniff!
bodger

Perv!  

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