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paul wheaton
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Hi,

Can I adopt Dane - what a talented kid?

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hi are you selling any of the piglets, if so how much?
paul wheaton
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They're all sold! 
                    


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Love it! I followed a link from Homesteading Today about raised beds-I think-and have read everything here! Great pictures and stories!
                              


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So did the floor really keep the pigs from pooping inside?
paul wheaton
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The floor doesn't keep the pigs from pooping inside.  It's more like the pigs just choose to not poop inside.

                          


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Can you tell me how far from the wall the bumper / farrowing board should be?
paul wheaton
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About a foot.

It turned out that we needed to lower the board.  It was about a foot off the ground.  It should be about eight inches.  It needs to be so low that there is no way that a momma could get back there.  That includes a momma on her side scootching ...

                          


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Farrowing Hut looks to be about 6 ft X 12 ft.  Is that about right?
paul wheaton
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That sounds about right.  I'm nowhere near it now, so I cannot pop out and measure it.

Suzy Bean
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Appropedia has a page on farrowing huts as well, which includes a few design factors. http://www.appropedia.org/Farrowing_huts


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Awesome design paul!  I love that it's portable.

The bumper board is against the back wall only?  I've seen designs with the bumper board going all the way around the inside wall, so there's a little piglet hallway all the way around.  It gives the sow something to lean against so that there's no way a piglet can get trapped between mama pig and wall.  Minor stuff, really. 

So, no squished piggies? 
Jeffrey Hodgins


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The walls are too weak. The walls should have been made on top of the floor so that the weight is pushing on the wood rather than hanging from nails. use a top and a bottom plate.


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Renate Howard
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It seems like a good interim solution and that kid is amazing! But - squishing piglets is a sign of poor motherhood (after the first farrowing where they may just not know better) and I'd cull any sows that squish their babies in a permaculture farm. The goal is less work and that means we need to focus on animals that have their basic instincts still intact so they don't need so much human intervention.
 
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