Hello, today I am going to explain why having a shady, safe shelter for your pigs is so important, and some cheap, easy ones to build.
One of the most important parts of having livestock is that they need a nice, cool area to go in during the summer, and a warm, safe area in the cold. Shelters also provide a very nice relaxing area if there is no brush or trees around.
Build a shelter that fits the size of your animals and have good ventilation . Make sure the area stays dry and clean and has proper bedding, like hay. A pig that has no shelter during high temperatures can have heat stroke, because pigs don’t sweat to cool off.
- Red skin
- A rise in temperatures
- And even death
All things youo don’t want an animal to have.
At Corva Bella we have some shelters that are both cheap and easy to build.
We have our cattle panel shelter. Here’s what you need:
- six pallets (all same size, you can find pallets free at a lot of places)
- sixteen t-posts (5-6 foot, they are about $5 each)
- some zip ties (a bag of 100 is about $6)
- a tarp (8×10, medium weight is about $9)
- two cattle panels (From Tractor Supply, $23 each)
First put the pallets into a square shape with the t-posts holding them in.Next add the cattle panels inside in a U formation and a few more t posts to keep the shape. Then just add the tarp on top of them with zip ties. This shelter took under thirty minutes to make and was very easy. We added the seventh pallet for a wind break. (Final Cost $146)
Now here is our second shelter, this one we decided to use wood and surprisingly it is cheaper than the other one. Here’s what you need:
- 4 Pallets (Same as above)
- 2 fence posts ( $8 each)
- 4 2x4s ( $2.50 each)
- Wood fencing slats ( We got them for $1.50 each at Lowes) (we used 15 you may need more or less)
- Two sheets of corrugated plastic roofing ( $13 a sheet)
- Wood screws (8×2)
- Roofing nails
First lay down the pallets in a square. Next connect the pallets together with the fencing slats. Then add the 2x4s on top with the wood screws and nail the plastic roofing on top. Dig two post holes 20 inches deep and add the posts in attaching them to the pallet with two slats. After that cut the boards to size and cover the opening all around leaving some area for ventilation ( we cut the slats in half on the sides so there could be some ventilation. (Final Cost $74.5) ( Also make sure that it is facing away from the sun so it stays cooler.)
Maybe in the future we will have a barn. But for now these shelters work just fine, The pigs really like to hang out in them.