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I built a mobil pig shed. it is 1.5 m long, 1 m deep, and 1 m tall. It is light enough for 2 people to pick up. But it is on 2x4 skids, so can be hooked up to the 4-wheeler and dragged for longer moves. i am woried that the plastic roof panels will not hold up to the pigs. I wanted to keep it light, and wood siding would have made the struture much heavier, and we had the roof pannels laying around.

What do you'all think? Will it hold up to teh pigs? Is is big enough for farrowing?

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Hum, I feel it is a little small for farrowing. Piglets may get stepped on. You might want to consider a heat-box for the piglets so they can have their own space.

My mobile shelters are 6' wide by 8' deep.
I make them this size for multiple pigs, or farrowing where the sow can have one side and the piglets the other with a light. I could make the 6'x4' with no issues I'm sure, but I had the materials like you and wanted options for it's possible uses.

Your shelter looks well built I don't think you'll have any problems in that regard.

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thank you for the feedback. my current plan is to farrow in the field, which is far from a power source. so for the time being, i can not install a light box. i made the box smallish on purpose for that reason, let moms heat keep everything nice and warm. if i made it bigger, i could install a small area for the piglets to retreat (or maybe some straw bales to divide an area?), but again, it could not be heated. i need to build a few more, i will make them a bit bigger (1.75m x 1.5 m).

thank you again for the feedback. i am new to this.....and this forum has been a great resource.

on a side note, all the lumber used in the project (and fencing in background) was hand milled with a chainsaw on the farm. and i am not talking about the use of a railsystem. just a guy (with popey arm) and a chalk line. an average tree takes him one day to cut down and process into lumber. he usually has a helper to help clear the slash. our arangement, for every one tree he procceses for us, he gets one for himslef to sell. it really is amazing to watch him work.
 
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Neil, my experience is that those plastic/fiberglass panels won't stand up to your pigs once they get a few more kilos on them. The only thing that I've had stand up over time is 1x boards (1 inch thick board by anywhere from 4 to 8 inches). It will make you shelter heavier so that is your trade off. I'd keep the roof the way it is though, that ought to work just fine for a long time, just the parts in contact with the animals will end up crunched.

Your place is looking good from the various pictures.
 
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yep, the plastic panels are no match for the pigs.

i replace them with wood as they destroy them.
 
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