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Types of Hog Pens: Pigpens From Farrowing to Finishing

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As a country girl, I've been raising pigs for most of my life.

Hog pens are, obviously, an essential part of pig keeping and small-scale pig farming. But, if you’re new to keeping pigs, you may not realize just how many different types of pigpens there are. Depending on the scale and type of your pig-raising operation, you may need only one or several types of pens. Bear in mind that some areas have additional regulations regarding sanitation and other health-related issues for pigs that are being raised for meat or breeding stock.

This article will cover the most common types of hog pens, starting with the beginning of a pig’s life and moving forward throughout the different needs at each point in the pig life cycle.

Bear in mind that a healthy environment will require more room and resources than large-scale farming, but you'll end up with healthier animals and a better meat quality by taking these minor extra steps.

Further ReadingHow to Build a Pigpen: Essential Elements of Hog Pen
The basic considerations for building a pigpen start with knowing what it's going to be used for, the size of the breed you plan to raise, and the number and age of animals it's intended for.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Comments

PRINCE YEMI AWODIPE on July 03, 2020:

Good evening sir. Please what are the necessary requirement and equipment to use in raising 500 to 1000 pigs for commercial purposes?

How much do I need for the cages? I am just planning to start pig farming soon

Adrian Ricohermoso on March 27, 2019:

Did you have a good design o pneumatic hog pens

hammad clacio on February 17, 2018:

please give an estimated amount for building pig cages ..

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on December 22, 2014:

I like your hub. Having a farm full of pigs can be a lot of fun. It looks a lot of work to keep them. They are delicious in bacon. If you used your imagination. They can give you a lot of money in return. Thank you for writing about these precious animals.

maricris tiosan on September 14, 2011:

thanks,now i know,it helps me to have an assignment in epp

Rebecca Mikulin (author) from Sheridan, Wyoming on March 20, 2011:

Thanks :D. I've been raising pigs for most of my life, and it took a little while to realize that not EVERYONE knows how to raise all sorts of different farm animals, or the ins and outs of keeping and riding horses, etc. Silly little country girl I may be, but I do know critters :).

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on March 20, 2011:

This sure brings back memories!

Great Hub. Well written and knowledgeable.


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