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watering tubs for pigs?

 
Adam Klaus
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Location: 6200' westen slope of colorado, zone 6
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what's the best way to give drinking water to the pigs? Right now, they push their rubber water tub into the electric fencing, which doesnt work so well for either the fence or the pigs.

I dont have live pressurized water to the pigs, so nipples and auto-waterers wouldnt be a good fit. If it really is the best way, I could run a line to the pig pen.

My preference is to carry five gallon buckets of water to the pigs, but I dont have a good watering system within their pen. There must be a clever system for watering the pigs. I have 5 in a pen, and the pens get moved weekly or so.

Tips?? Thanks!
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here's the pigs, and their water tub
 
Renate Howard
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If you're really careful you can drill a hole in a 5 gallon bucket or 50 gallon drum to put a nipple waterer on. Make the hole so it's a snug fit then screw something on the back side so they can't just pull it out (pigs are rough on things!) I'd think the 50 gallon barrel would be better because they can push over the 5 gallon bucket, so they probably will.

They need a wallow or pool to cool off in when it's warm (mine start to wallow at around 75 degrees), and WILL dump their water to lay in if you don't provide something. I think it's easiest to provide a runway to a central area with the water, wallow, and shelter so they don't damage too much ground making wallows everywhere, but if you just have those two little ones you can probably just give them a kiddie wading pool for now. They prefer mud in the wallow because they can coat their sides with it and it takes longer to dry off again.
 
Amos Burkey
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I am planning on using a 55 gallon plastic barrel and a Gravity fed nipple, like this. Place the barrel on a stand and fill the barrel as needed.
 
Walter Jeffries
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Location: Mountains of Vermont, USDA Zone 3
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Most of our waterers are 55 gallon drums sunk half to 3/4 of the way into the ground and then piped from one to another. A spring feeds the first one. Each one then feeds the next one below it down the mountain. Rocks in the waterers so pigs can easily get out. The earth heat helps keep them running free in the winter. Little covers make microclimates.

I've tried nipple waterers but in our cold climate they freeze up half the year. Similarly floats don't work here.

See: http://www.sugarmtnfarm.com/?s=waterers
 
ben harpo
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Location: Illinois, zone 6b
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Put on electric wire over the top to prevent pigs from jumping in it. Drive a few T posts to prevent them pushing it sideways.
 
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