how do you figure a pigs weight?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by LoneCowboy, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    How do you figure a pigs weight if you don't have a scale?
     
  2. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    I used the formula LxGxG divided by 400
    L= length of pig from between the ears to the base of the tail
    G= around the pigs chest behind the shoulders

    it helps to distract the pig with treats while your measuring. It also helps to use your wifes flexiable measuring tape. It really helps to get her permission first to use the tape!

    this is just an estimated weight but using it we came within 95% of the butchers scale.
     
  3. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    AR
    You can get a weight measure tape and measure in three places. The first place to measure is around the girth. That is right behind the shoulder. The next place to measure is around the waist. The third place to measure is from behind the ears to the base of the tail. Multiply the three numbers and divide by 400.
    That's what I do and it's pretty close.

    You beat me.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2008
  4. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
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    How close was your final weight using the waist measurement?
     
  5. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    you can also just pick up the pig.an you can tell his weight by how heavy he feels.
     
  6. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My friend's have a "pig scale" basically a large durable scale with a narrow metal enclosure and gate at each end. I suppose they're too expensive to get for a single pig.
     
  7. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    AR
    On my last party pig I was about 7 lbs off. I thought that was close enough.[​IMG]
     
  8. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I knew there had to be a way. It doesn't make sense that everybody is running out buying pig scales. [​IMG]

    Thanks you guys are a great help
     
  9. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    There are measuring tapes you put along them.

    I generally wait until one steps on my foot and it hurts really really really bad (like I'm cussing outloud bad). Then I know they're probably 300 and it's time to go.
     
  10. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    AR
    You made me laugh.[​IMG]
     

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