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Fresh clean water for your livestock is an essential part of raising any animal. We are lucky to have continuous running fresh cold artisan gravity water. Supplying it for piggys is just a little bit harder than for the house ! They really like to root around and under the water pail , making flipping it over that much easier... My first year I learned to keep the bucket tied off too and outside the fence. That helped a bunch. Then you have a size problem where a weiner can step right on through a hole that an adult can only get their head through. Many years have passed of "shrinking with tie wire" an adult size hole down to a piglet size hole...  Some years it worked... some years a weiner would get through. This year I finally made a better improvement. Sheet metal backing to limit the view...  wooden planks to keep small heads inside the water bucket. I also improved the overflow system to carry the excess water down the hill and into a wetland draw, it always went there but in years past the piggys would find a way to get that excess water to POOL inside their fence just for them !  Smart piggys a pool and a potty box all in one ....  This year I remove the supply hose from the water pail and slide it alongside the bucket to create a temporary pool to cool off in, NOT an extended bathroom with connected pool ! 1/2 hour run time will supply a pool for all afternoon on the hottest day.  Now the piggys have a pool when I think they need one and fresh cold water to drink all of the time!  Remember Happy , Healthy ,Piggys  taste better than industrial raised pigs every time!
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the improved water system
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the temporary pond
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3 little piggys and one golden retriever inspect the pond
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happy pigs
 
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Hogs and Pigs do need a wallow and if you don't provide it, they will take it upon themselves to do so.

Pigs and Hogs have fairly sensitive skin and the mud bath is how they keep biting insects at bay.

Our AGH's have four fresh drinking water containers and two wallows all year long, shade is also important for their health and well being in the summers.

They also need some "rubbing posts" because they love to scratch an itch. Our pen has lost two smaller oak trees and a hickory tree to hog rubbing.

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Lol ; Yes Bryant , they sure will take it upon themselves...  last year their self built pool was threatening to wash out the load ramp! Not to many biting insects here, but it can get mighty hot with very low humidity so a pool is a requirement for happy healthy pigs.   I should have mentioned shade as well. All the paddocks have a shade area,  The apple trees in the apple paddock, the summer palace in the far patch and their room in the barn (with grain hopper) is always available to snack/nap in. One large tamarack tree shades the main area. Many rubbing posts to scratch on. I only raise pigs spring thru fall, then its off to visit our friend the butcher. I try to give them the best life possible before their truck ride , And ... I look forward to their car ride home in little white packages ! 
 
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Nice to have your own grown pork.
We breed registered AGH and lately I have a new set of paddocks to fence in. We do a lot of work to keep enough pasture for the hogs so we don't spend a fortune on feed.
I know plenty of folks that buy feeders for the butcher, works out great for them (and on occasion for us when they buy one or two of our non-registered ones).
 
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