and Types of Pig Housing
A piggery is not
complete without the
pig housing, the place where the pigs are
huddled together and kept. They may be locked up in different pens,
either individually or by small groups, depending on the
availability of space. This is where they live, eat, breed and
sleep. Therefore, much is to be expected from the pig housing.
First, it should be clean. Usually the pig housing is situated in a
high place where the flooring is made of loose bamboo strips
allowing for the pig wastes to drop on a sewer down below. This is
to control the amount of dirt to be cleaned on the housing itself.
Most of the cleaning will have to be done below, which is not really
clever considering that you will clean it while a number of pigs are
above you, waiting to drop a new set of wastes.
The pigs are also strong, with their bulky built and strong muscles.
This requires for pig housing to be strong in able to hold them in.
Some housing that is situated at ground level is made of cement and
solid bearings so that the pigs cannot escape from it or be able to
bring it down. The housing is put to the test when pigs are
agitated, either by each other or by others. Cemented housing is not
ideal for elevated
pig pens because these are heavy.
The kind of pig housing needs to be fit into the surroundings where
it is situated. For instance, it has to maintain a certain number of
feet from the water server so that the water is not made impure by
the waste from the pens. It also has to be far from other households
because of the smell it emits due to accumulated wastes.
You can ask others to help in building your pig housing, but if you
are starting small you can do it on your own. If the environment
permits, make enough room for more pigs because you are going to
breed them. You do not want them to be crammed together and
uncomfortable in their places if their number increases. Also make
sure that the water irrigation system has an outlet that will not
cause any issue with the government and the community. The pig
housing can be made in any way you want it provided that it can
shelter the pigs, protect them from any harm, allow them breathing
and sleeping room, and ventilates them. Pigs also have these needs,
just like humans do.