Originally Posted by jime
Hello OZ and everybody I am a follower here love this thread my husband not so much because every time I finish with the reading I want anew animal.
Maybe I ma too late but I thought I could give and idea here with the sleeping arrangement for mom and babies,in my country(Peru) people has to figure out easy and cheep ways to build stuff because of price and because there is not many things available, anyways. My nanny (used to be) raises pigs I call them the pink ones but are the landrace and the other with the erect ears, she has a really nice place for her pigs this is a rectangle made in concrete floors witch are a bit in a slop so when cleaning time cames she just hoses the area and everything goes down the little slop to a small concrete dich and to a box like a septic tank for pig manure.The rectangle has 4 walls made in bricks , the feeder is made in concrete and is on one of the small walls, one of the large walls has a door witch is metal, the other long wall has the sleeping quarters with are for the babies and not for mom, mom has the run of the whole area and the babies have the sleeping quarters this is really simple, nice looking an very economic, is made with rebars (rods) place in the concrete and then vend in and angle to the wall that way is like a cage for them mom can not crash them and they can go in and out when they please.
Maybe you can use this idea for a next project or maybe will work for somebody else.
Originally Posted by piglett
what do you think OZ?
rebar is cheep & i like the idea that the floor has a slope
maybe the pig pee would drain better?
Jime you don't be chance have a foto of this setup?
Excellent input Jime. Thank you.
And there is the dilemma.....
My current "piggery" has 3 concrete block stalls about 3 feet x 6 feet and a 4th stall 6feet by 6 feet. They have sloped floors and a 3 inch drain into a septic. We have a re-bar cage for the farrowing pen. It sounds pretty similar to the South American style.
We had 2 sows. Betty and Wilma. We did not have a good animal guy during the pigs second litters and Betty had to be put down while Wilma had 13 still borns.
I blame the guy we had but also myself as I just let everybody do it island style because, after all, it worked. Well sort of.
As with our poultry, where we all want to maximize our success without pouring our life savings into it, I want to give the pigs the best chance of succeeding.
I managed to get some pig flooring from a classified add in Manila very cheaply. Its slatted and very sturdy. The plan is to elevate the area so the waste falls through and is easier to keep clean. My modifications will be a 2'x2' concrete tile instead of slats in the creep areas at the sows head and a 6'x2; concrete tile for mother to rest on and just have her but over grate.
A brooder light over the concrete will keep the piglets at prime condition for the first 10 days.
A few things to consider:
Steel is very economical in the Philippines. - a 20ft length of 1" ID GI pipe in our local hardware store is $11.00, A 20 ft 1.5"x1.5"x0.25" angle bar is $11.50 and 50lbs of welding rods is $75.
Labor is also very cheap.
Do I build a Taj Mahal and follow the guidelines that are proven in the modern pig industry or a "local tankal". If the system gets one more piglet to market each farrowing, it will pay for itself in 18 months.
Edited by ozexpat - 11/19/13 at 4:09pm