Simple Pig Pen Design

We needed a quick simple pig pen design since we didn’t have time to build a barn. Last year we kind of decided to get some piglets at the last moment. A friend of mine raises them and had asked us earlier in the season if we would be interested in getting some. I told him we would and totally forgot about it. One day in May he called and asked if we were still interested I said yep, when would they be ready? In 2 days. Sweet. So we had to throw together a quick pen for them.


So I ran and got some cedar posts from the lumber yard

I decided to stick them in the back field where eventually we will be building a barn. I laid them out on the ground to do a quick mock up of the pen.

 

We dug a hole for the first post so we could use the rail as a guide for the correct placement of the second post

After we found the proper location we dug our hole

and continued working our way around the perimeter

Since where we were putting the pen was so wet I grabbed some bags of cement to stiffen up the holes

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Once we got the bottom rails installed we started dumping in the bags of cement into the holes

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since the ground was so wet we didn’t even bother mixing it, we just dumped it in dry

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and used a breaker bar to compact it in and around the poles

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one side all installed

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we made quick work of the other 2 sides and put a extra bag in the end pole that would be supporting the gate

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we mounted a 4 foot gate and set the last pole that we would use to latch it with

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we then took some 4×2 welded wire and ran it all along the inside of the fencing, that way if the pigs pushed against it it wouldn’t come off

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I had some 2×12 boxes left over from when I had expanded my raised beds, so I decided to use them to throw together a shelter for the piglets. Since we were only keeping them till October, I wasn’t to concerned about the cold

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we cut a opening for the shelter

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and just stacked the wooden boxes on top of one another. We screwed them together and kept cutting out for the opening

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we only went 4 courses high and I didn’t cut the last one for stability

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almost done

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it was starting to get dark so we called it a night

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the next morning I woke up and grabbed some scrap 2×6′s we had and nailed them along the bottom of the posts, that way to keep the pigs from rutting under and lifting the gate

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and I continued around the perimeter

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I buried a extra 2 posts for the pigs to rub up against and to stabilize the boards in case they leaned up against them

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that afternoon we went and picked up our new animals

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the pug wasn’t quite sure about them

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he wouldn’t be bigger than them for very long

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I threw a tarp across the top to temporarily keep the rain out and laid down a bed of straw, they seemed to like it

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the pigs seemed to enjoy their new home

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and enjoyed laying in and knocking over their feed bowl

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so I mounted a dual feeder for them

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I don’t have a picture but I ended up screwing down some metal roofing to replace the tarp, and their home was complete


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  • Jennifer Parton

    seems easy enough. we are starting our homestead and cant wait to get our first pig next year!

  • Melissa

    This was a great way to contain and shelter pigs! Thank you for sharing this. I have a small lean-to shed that I enclosed and am trying to build a gate for. I enjoyed your fencing ideas! I may use that design for the “run” part of the pen. Great idea!

    • Kvr28

      Thank-you Melissa!

  • Mariw Anngilica Gracia C. Noval

    how to build pen using bamboo stick?

  • Susan

    Nice pen!! Where did you find the prefab cedar fencing?

    • http://thehomesteadingboards.com Kvr28

      thanks, the local farmers union, should be able to find at home depot or lowes

  • Princewill

    I want to go into piggery and I really found this article very interesting for a starter, I wish and hope you will have more beautiful ideas like this to share with us.
    Thanks

  • Drew

    what overall dimensions did you use for these two pigs? how big will they get? Are you finding that the size of the pen is good? Too big would be hard to catch, too small, would be just too small – I was thinkin’. thanks, great looking project!

    • thehomesteadingboards

      24×24 is our overall dimensions, we let them get to be around 250-275 before we process them, We usually get them in May and by Oct-Nov they are ready. We start them in this to get them use to us and then move them into a larger field, a week or two before processing we move them back into this pen. A bag of doughnuts goes a long way in not having to chase them down.

  • Hail

    How many feet between each post?

    • thehomesteadingboards

      8 feet

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