Building Your Pig Pen
Pigs are animals that are both smart and strong. Any area of weakness in the structure of your pen they will find it. When building the outside structure make sure to use a sturdy material that also allows airflow. Most often hog panels are used. Hog panels are galvanized steel panels made of this gauged wire forming three to four inch squares. They come in sheets that are three feet tall and eight feet tall.
Building a Pig Pen
When building a pig pen, use the eight foot tall panels that way they can be buried into the ground about two feet and still be tall enough the pig cannot jump over it. Sink metal “T” posts about every four feet to hold up the panels. Place the wire on the inside of the posts and attach the panel. Since the panel is sunk into the ground and on the inside of the post you can use anything from zip ties or bailing wire to industrial clips. Just make sure whatever you use to attach the panel isn’t left sharp for the pig to scratch its self on. In the corners allow the panels to cross forming an X and place a post in the middle on the outside. Secure your corners. A corner is one of the easiest places for a pig to make their escape.
When it comes to gates almost any heavy yet sturdy gate can be used. When deciding on a gate, remember to make sure there is not too much room between the bottom of the gate and the floor, and also between the gate and the panel. If there is enough room between the floor and the bottom of the gate when building a pig pen for the pig to get its nose under it the pig can pick it up often damaging the gate and hurting itself. Also, do not leave enough room between the gate and the panel for the pig to consider getting its head stuck. When choosing a latch, choose wisely. Once the pig starts to realize the gate is what will swing open and let you in, it will try to push it open. It may ram the gate or simply use all of its body weight to push against the gate by leaning on it. Remember keep it strong and keep it safe.