We recently brought a small flock of hair sheep home and are keeping them in the same area as the pigs. They have their own shelters and sleep separately, but trying to keep the sheep out of the pigs' feed is my greatest concern. I know you can build a creep area in which to put the pigs' feed that is only accessible to them- but wondering if anyone has done this successfully? Or has other ideas on how to keep the sheep out of the pig's feed? The pigs are feeder pigs about 2 months old. I would need to build something that could be adjusted as the pigs grow. Thanks in advance for any help!
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posted 3 years ago
hi, sorry for my late reply, i just saw this post.
we have pigs and sheep together as well - but i havent found a good way to keep the sheep out of the pigs areas. we had to separate the as we found anything the pigs could get through, the lambs could follow.
i would be interested in hearing how anyone has done this.
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Dairy cows, "hair" sheep, Kune Kune pigs, chickens, guineas and turkeys
Difficult, since a hole that a pig can fit through will probably easily admit a sheep. I'd say your best bet, apart from raising them separately, is to fit each sheep with a poke. Styles vary, but basically it's a neck yoke with some kind of wooden protuberance to catch on a fence to keep the animal from getting out. (Drew Langsner's book "Country Woodcraft" has a chapter on pokes.).
I'd think a creep with a vertical opening, just wide enough to admit the pigs at their fattest, accompanied by sheep with pokes featuring horizontal shafts (sort of like a set of prosthetic horns), would do the trick. But seems it'd be easier to just raise them separately.
Pigs can learn to push a sliding door upward to enter a feeding area. They instinctively tuck a nose under the mobile door lift up and shove their way under. Sheep have a very hard time with that, some goats learn it. The best operating type of door my memory can find, pivots at one bottom corner tilts open to stand on that tip, then a spring pulls it down shut again.
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