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Housing your Pigs

Pigs can be kept in any part of the country, up or down dale, whether it be rough or good quality land, but it must be well drained.

They need to be in well ventilated, draught free housing.  As most of the heat is usually lost through the roof, so a well insulated roof is a must, the pig will then provide the rest of the heat themselves.

Unlike other farm animals, who will gladly stay confined to their own space, pigs have a reputation for escaping.  They will dig, push or even jump their way out given the chance.  Fencing the perimeter of a pig pen is therefore very important.Straw on the floor will make for a warm and comfortable sleeping area as pigs like to nest and it will avoid any damage to their hocks (ankle joint). 

Straw in the homes of newborns should not be too thick as they will not initially have the strength to push through large amounts of straw and they may find themselves buried.

You will need to provide an exercise area, with good drainage that runs away from the house.  

There are many different types of ways you can house your pigs, whether it be an a Pig Ark, Pig Sty, Sheds or Stables, Home-Made Straw Housing or in a Cottagers Pig Sty.Pigs don't urinate or dung in their sleeping area, so cleaning out the house won't be too much of an unpleasant task, you may even find they are willing to help!  Sweep the house out approximately every four weeks, once the straw has broken down, this can be left at the front or rear of the ark and the inside bedding area replaced with fresh.