Here is a simple pig pen design we had built one year when we 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 some.

I told him we would and totally forgot about it until one day in May he called and asked if we still wanted them.  I said yep, when would they be ready? He replied two days, well I guess I better start working on a pig pen!

So I picked up some cedar fencing.

And did a quick mock up.

We dug our first hole.

Using a rail as a guide we dug the second.

And continued working around the perimeter.

Due to the wet ground, I grabbed some cement.


As we installed the bottom rails, we would add a bag.


It would suck the moisture from the soil.


We compacted it down.


One side finished.


We made quick work of the others.


We mounted a 4 foot gate and a latch post.


Welded wire on the inside helps keep the pigs in.


We had wood boxes left over from our raised beds.


We used them for a shelter, cutting a opening.


And just kept stacking and cutting.


We screwed the boxes together for strength.


Leave the top course uncut for stability.


Almost done!


Boards keep the pigs from lifting the gate.


And from pushing on the fencing.


I installed scratch posts at each corner.


That afternoon we picked up our new animals.


The pug wasn’t quite sure about them.


We used a tarp as a temporary roof.


The pigs seemed to enjoy their new home.


And enjoyed laying in their feed bowl.


So I mounted a dual feeder for them.


I miss those guys.

If you are thinking of raising pigs; do it. They are probably our favorite animals; they are extremely intelligent and can be very affectionate with daily interaction. Within a month they were coming when called.

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17 Responses

  1. Jennifer Parton

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Kathy

    So you are getting a fatty meat and a lot of lard at those weights, the proper weight is 200 to 225 to butcher, your wasting feed and adding a lot of fat on them, and the pig house if in a colder climate is to big for 2 pigs, it will take a lot of hay and you need a flap for the door,to help keep them warm, and straw can hurt there eyes, Hay is best they can eat it and it helps keep the smell down ,where straw dont,

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