Pet Mini Pig wallow... greywater drain?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Gizabelle, May 20, 2019.

  1. Gizabelle

    Gizabelle Chirping

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    My husband and I have been kicking around the idea of rerouting and extending the greywater drain from the house (sinks, bathtub, washing machine) out to our little Piggie's run to create a wallow. Logistically, its not too far from the house and we like the idea of her being able to play in the mud anytime we use water in the house. We live in Florida, and while she has plenty of shade and a kiddie pool, we'd like to give her a real mud wallow while taking advantage of an essentially wasted resource.
    My only concern would be skin sensitivity to some of the soaps we use, but we have a child and thus try to use sensitive formula or green products whenever possible.
    Any thoughts?
     
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    If your pigs drink the water... I would think the soaps could have a laxative effect. But also.. I think there's a huge difference in the kid wearing clothes that get rinsed and the pig having the stuff stay on their skin without rinsing.

    Maybe route your grey water to water some garden plants to take advantage of that resource is my suggestion... it's illegal in some areas. My father in Love even had his hooked up on drip systems.

    Love that you're looking for ways to keep your piggies happy and be environmentally friendly. :highfive:

    My first mini is about 8 months old. And she just got a little brother who is about 4 months old! Of all the animals included in chicken math... I NEVER expected to have a pig sleeping in my lap! :love

    I hope to have Petunia and Waldo fully moved outside within a couple months. They also have a kiddie pool. And Petunia has recently discovered the joy of cooling off in a shaded plain dirt wallow. I can see the value in mud though, especially in super sunny locations!

    Pics always welcome! :pop
     
  3. cassie

    cassie Crowing

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    I wouldn't use gray water for the pig. I think you could use it on the garden, though. A friend of mine had a sprinkler on a timer and it came on in the afternoon and watered part of the pig pen. Worked great!!
     
  4. Gizabelle

    Gizabelle Chirping

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    Thanks for the replies! Watering the backyard plants was option #2, but they are so much less charming than Piggie, I had to explore feasibility for her first. :)
    Two years ago my husband had the crazy notion that he could buy a young pig to fatten for processing. He wouldn't even let me name her (which is why she is simply "Miss Piggie") lol, poor fool. A few months later she was sitting for cookies and enjoying belly rubs. He was then informed that she was clearly an ornamental breed, would taste terrible anyway, and any attempts on her life would result in marital discord.
     

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