3 Helpful Tips
in Rearing Pigs - Important Areas Which You Should Focus
Pork is one of the
most widely used meats in the world. A very cheap way to get all the
pork you need is to take care of pigs on your own. Rearing pigs is
not a very difficult task and anyone can do it as long as you have
the right tools and a wide enough area to house them. Here are some
helpful tips for rearing pigs:
Pigs need plenty of room where they can move freely; at least 20
square feet should suffice. Construct strong fences around the area
because pigs are quite muscular and strong, especially when they
reach adulthood. Pigs are usually well-behaved and will not try to
escape but if they did, they can take down fences with weak
foundations very easily. Since pigs have a habit of digging on the
soil, you will need to dig deep into the ground for the poles of
your fences, at least two to three feet and use strong thick wood,
especially for corner poles. Pigs are quite sensitive to the heat,
especially from the sun. Make sure you give them enough shade so you
better build a strong roof for your fences or better yet, a hut.
Providing a steady and supply of water is important when
pigs. You should give them plenty of fresh water daily. Not only do
they use water for drinking, they will also use it for bathing. To
avoid this, you should make a container for their drinking water.
Unlike other animals, overfeeding is not an issue in rearing pigs.
Pigs aren't really choosy with what they eat so you can feed them
your leftovers. You may also buy corn grains or food especially made
for pigs such as booster pellet and powder feeds. It is a good idea
to make a pig feeder where you can place their food instead of just
tossing it in their home.
Perhaps the only issue when
rearing pigs on your own is their
hygiene. People generally assume that pigs are filthy and sloppy
animals; that doesn't have to be the case. You can always give them
a "shower" regularly using a garden hose. If you want, you can make
them a pool where they can bathe; just make sure you change the
water when it becomes too muddy and filthy. A five-foot deep hole is
good enough for pigs.
Since pigs eat a very large amount of food, expect them to expel a
lot of feces as well. If the floor of their home is made of soil, it
can easily be absorbed in the ground but you still have to clean it
using a garden hose. If you want, you can use the manure as
fertilizer in your garden.