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Rick & Carol

Pigtopia with pics

Well pigtopia is finally finished, small scale for Bodger & Chicken feed but a lot of thought has gone into it!!

Last year we got our first two pigs, we fenced off two paddocks with the intension that we would swap year by year so the pigs could root up the following years veg garden and so on. We popped an ark in the first paddock and an old Belfast sink for a drinker installed two weaners and we were away.    


We had a great first year but did encounter a number of issues...
* moving the ark after slaughter was bloomin' hard work as the Landie wont fit through the gates and not something I want to do every year.
* When we did do the slaughter I shut them in the ark and to keep the second pig calm, while the first was done, ended up with a pal of mine holding a hurdle against the entrance for an hour while the slaughter-man dealt with the first, not something I can ask him to do every year. The slaughter-man did  say she'd be fine in the paddock but I felt the absence of her sister and the smell of blood where the first was 'bolted' would have stressed her.    
* They were good excavators which we wanted but this included nearly  working their way out under the gate to the main field and I had to put rocks bound with barb down to discourage them.
* As both paddocks are on a slope I levelled off the sink with some big rocks under it (I could barely lift them) but as the girls got bigger they got their snouts under the rocks and moved them, and over went the sink, which was a pain in the summer if we wanted to go out, in the end I just put it on the slope and kept it filled so it was too heavy to shift.

So This year I created Pigtopia. The two paddocks are the same but the ark is gone & will be upcycled to a tool shed, The paddocks are now served by one piggery so no more shifting from one paddock to another.


Both paddocks have an entrance with a gate on each side ready for slaughter time and the side not in use has a 3mm sheet of steel coach screwed to it so at the end of the year 6 screws  need to come out the steel sheet taken to the other side & re screwed and it's good for another year.





The gates now have some substantial rocks concreted into the bottom, on the veg garden side it's a bit obscured by chippings to make it more wheel barrow friendly but definitely robust.







I liked the idea of the Belfast sinks so they are now sitting in a sort of rock cradle which is concreted together. If the sinks break they can easily be lifted (well as easy as something that heavy can be moved) and replaced, and unless my strawberries do a bit better this year I've got 10 redundant Belfast sinks in the fruit garden.









Finally the fence between the paddocks is stockfencing & barb but the corrugated is just there as a pig eye line of sight barrier to the veggies


Poultryopilus is finished now too so if there is interest I'll post some pics of that too. -
bodger

That looks a really good set up that you've created.

Talking of moving arks, I have to pay a local farmer with a big tractor and a front fork. The arks have chains or straps on them so that they can be lifted. He's supposed to be coming today to move two for me.
horace

Great set up    
chicken feed

 looks just the job.
bodger

Bit by bit over the years, I've come to realise that the easier and more comfortable you make your animal housing for yourself, the more you enjoy keeping your livestock. It sounds obvious but its taken some dawning on me.
sod

bodger wrote:
Bit by bit over the years, I've come to realise that the easier and more comfortable you make your animal housing for yourself, the more you enjoy keeping your livestock. It sounds obvious but its taken some dawning on me.


So true but me still learning    

That is a fantastic set up top marks  
hughesy

That really is a nice set up you've gone to a lot of trouble there and I'm sure it'll make your pig keeping a doddle. Very different to our ark in field and electric fence approach.
Rena

Def interested in your 'Poultryopolis'!! I'm still trying to figure my future set up out, you may just give me some great ideas!
12Bore

Cracking job R&C, well done!
Fowgill Farm

Looks great well done, going to copy the stones under the gates idea myself.
My only comment would be the big stones round the belfast sink, you may find little weaners will find it hard to stand on them too get a drink and also have foot injuries, you have to remember pigs constantly walk like they're on 6" high heels! They are also more likely to fall head first in trying to find their balance to get a drink.
House and gates look A1, they'll be snug and safe in there.
Lucky piggies!
Oink Oink Mandy
confused

Great set up 10/10 , Superb .
perlogalism

Fabulous set-up. I've never seriously considered home killing the pigs mainly because of the hair. How do you get around it?
bodger

Metal bath up on breeze blocks, fill it with water and light a fire beneath it. Boil the water, get it to a rolling boil and then dunk the carcasse in it. Scrape the hair off with a metal scraper.
Rick & Carol

perlogalism wrote:
Fabulous set-up. I've never seriously considered home killing the pigs mainly because of the hair. How do you get around it?


Saw Bodgers method done successfully done - we do similar, Burco bolier going and pig on an old table loads of boiling water and scraped, same principle but no bath
Rick & Carol

perlogalism wrote:
Fabulous set-up. I've never seriously considered home killing the pigs mainly because of the hair. How do you get around it?


Saw Bodgers method done successfully done - we do similar, Burco bolier going and pig on an old table loads of boiling water and scraped, same principle but no bath
rhino

Looks a great set up  
bodger

Bit by bit, our own  Pigatopia is taking shape. As you can see from the raindrops on the camera lens, its been a lousy afternoon here but we've managed to move another two arks into place. Eventually, there'll be four of them in a row and  each of them will have a run approximately 80 metres by 16.









horace

It looks more like snow than rain

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