Our friends at SCAMPP (www.scampp.org) sent out a great idea for a pig shade area. Jerry Wimberly (husband of Peggy, who has for years put out SCAMMP’s great newsletter) took some of those all purpose 16 foot long hog panels and formed the above pictured structure. He stood a panel on one of its short ends (sticking 16 feet in the air) and anchored that short end to the ground with rebar. He then bent the tall end over and secured the other short end with rebar, adding additional hog panels to reach the desired final size. Tie the panels together with wire or fencing ties, cover it with shade cloth, and you’re set. The Wimberlys then grew grape vines over their's to increase the cooling and shade even more.
Other ideas for this construction might be to cover it with plastic tarps in the winter for a rain shelter. You could also make it a free standing movable (rather heavy and big, of course) structure by using wire, rope, metal straps or even wood to tie the bottom edges of the hog panel to each other allowing it to be placed on pavement, concrete, grass, or whatever surface you choose.
For years hog panels have been our “go to” for building open pens. We have always resorted to creating a shade or rain cover by using plastic tarps. Unfortunately, they tend to tear in the wind and fill with water in the rain.
This is a GREAT idea, Jerry.
Photos and info from the July 2013 SCAMPP newsletter (http://www.scampp.org)
Exercise Pen or X-Pen
Video of an x-pen being used to move a pig and place it in a transport carrier.
General Care-Products and Merchandise
This section offers some suggested products and providers of products that we and/or our members
have found useful in living with our potbellied pig companions. We are not endorsing any particular
product or provider, and we recommend that you research any item before purchasing it to
determine its suitability for your situation.
Sorting Boards or
Hoof Trimming Dremmel Tools
Potbellied Pig Pet Harnesses
California Potbellied Pig Association, Inc
Feed Dishes and Trays
Riff and his Bob-A-Lot
”We can only love what we know,
and we can never know completely what we do not love"
(The soft sided pool shown
may no longer be available.)
Watch video on how to turn this into a pig toy.
FOLDING PET RAMP
An additional note on using a ramp: A week or so ago our local animal control took possession of an older 130 pound female potbellied pig that had lost its home in a house fire. They would not return the pig to its owners until the overgrown hooves had been trimmed. They called us and with the help of a couple of CPPA members and some Animal Control Officers we trimmed the hooves. The owners showed up in an SUV, and we had no crates available big enough for the pig. Animal control did have a ramp and an exercise pen (see 3 items up). We circled the pig with the exercise pen, closed it up until it fit
close around her and then walked her and the pen through the shelter and up the ramp into the SUV. We were really pleased to be able to demonstrate to the animal control people a way of calmly moving animals that can't be easily put on a leash.
Table or Platform
Hog Panel Fencing
My wife, Marcie, was explaining to one of our recent rescue pig adopters the wonders of "hog panels" to set up temporary or even permanent pens. The woman looked at her and said,"So it's to fencing what duct tape is to everything else." THAT'S RIGHT!
Marlies at "Pig Harmony" suggests that to help control flies, "You can get a bottle of Permethrin solution and add that to a spray bottle with water and spray around your yard and concentrate that on the animals' favorite spots where they tend to potty the most."
Pig Flap Style
Airline Style Animal
Crates or Kennels
Inside Water Bowls
Outside 5 Gal Bucket Waterer