How cold is too cold for Pigs?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by LoneCowboy, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Our pigs are about 175 lbs. It's supposed to be -13 here tonight. How cold is too cold for pigs? We had a heat lamp on them, but they pulled it down and stomped on it. [​IMG]
     
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Give them lots of straw/hay. They like to bury themselves in it. Pigs are very well insulated. They must be out of the wind, though.
     
  3. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    We have a little hog hut for them and there are 4 of them. We put some material over the top half of the opening to help hold the heat a little and block any wind. Of course they'll rip it off by morning. We didn't have any more straw and no where to get any tonight. I'm worried because the remains of the light bulb is down in the straw. I couldn't find any, but I know it's there. I can't even find the metal safety wires off the lamp. Pigs are just way too smart for their own good. Maybe a cold night will teach them that breaking their light was a dumb idea.
     
  4. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

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    My pig has given up sleeping in her own shed with lots of straw-and now beds down with the goats in their barely big enough porta-hut. I think the goats help her keep warm. She seems to be ok in there with them (though they aren't too happy about it). I think I need to add another shelter out there.

    Nobody wanted to come out to eat yesterday, and I doubt they do today either.
     
  5. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Yeah, it's freaking cold here and you aren't that far away. I gave the pigs warm oatmeal today and they didn't eat it. [​IMG] Very odd.
     
  6. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Ours sleep under the shelter burried in lots of hay. They are fine.
    Right now, we have three and the biggest is about 100-125. The other two are around 75-85.
     
  7. Bammony

    Bammony Red-dress-less

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    Mine also bury themselves in straw. Mine are near 100lbs and sleep in a very large dog house together. We only have two. They seem plenty warm. I give them warm water during the day. Not too hot to drink, but pretty warm.
     
  8. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

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    Quote:Yes, seems strange, nobody was really eating today again. I think they are just tooo cold; it was -40* (with windchill) last night! Yikes!!

    I'm just keeping an eye on her (her name's Tina), she has so little hair, I worry about her all the time. I'm putting another layer of old hay in there today...
     

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