Pigs Moving Into Greenhouse

Pigs In Greenhouse

Although we do not have the cover on the greenhouse yet we have been moving pigs in to the wind protected space created by the north tarp.

Although fifteen have shifted to sleeping in the new space, not all of the pigs are convinced yet that this is a better place. Pigs are very much creatures of habit and they like their deep bedding pack that is composting in the more open location in the grove higher up the hill. The wind isn’t all that bad since they dig in and the 80°F deep bedding pack I can understand to be quite enticing.

When we get the tarp on it will still be open for fresh air but protected from precipitation so the snow pack won’t continue to build up on their bedding. I expect that within a week the south herd will shift to sleeping in the new space. The high winds and feeding of treats in the new location should both help to make it seem like home.

Outdoors: 2°F/-21°F Sunny, Very Windy
Tiny Cottage: 61°F/55°F

Daily Spark: The war counsel sat down stiffly around the circle, their voices interplaying with deep thrumming growls like distant thunder as they discussed the situation, occasionally at particular points of negotiation there was twitching of ears, noses and a showing of fang.

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4 Responses to Pigs Moving Into Greenhouse

  1. Frank Bell says:

    I am in North Carolina and we typically have moderate winter temps. However this week the temperatures are predicted to drop to -10. My pigs are outdoors and I do not have a barn or other totally enclosed structure to move them in to. They do have a three sided shelter with heavy bedding. Also the pigs are Ossabaws so they have lots of hair. How do you think they will fare?

    • If they are like ours, which they sound similar and Ossabaws are, then they should be fine with a deep bedding pack, plenty of straw or hay and a good wind break. Dry conditions are important, easy to achieve at -10°F.

  2. Heather Stegman says:

    can I ask (I have been reading all the back posts on your large new greenhouse building), why you decided to add it? Multipurpose for growing? It appeared you were very content with your low hoops, caves and low cost housing and I was wondering about the purpose behind the new one. Maybe simply that your numbers have risen that it is practical?

    We use short 10 foot ones here for cattle, pigs, chickens and such (not great fun to clean, but safer with our constant high winds), but condensation is not really an issue as we get so much deep cold. If you have a post explaining it all that I missed, I am happy to be pointed to it so you don’t have to waste time! Thank you

    • I had planned to build that in 2008-2009 but then the butcher shop project became the highest priority and all the money I had set aside for the greenhouse got used up. We have many smaller structures which work but I thought that the larger structure would give us October/November in January/February thus improving our winter farrowing in particular. The answer is yes, it has done a great job. See the post about Colder than Hell. The reason for the height is to allow the moist air to rise up away from the pigs. I learned this with smaller versions I built in past years.

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