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When looking into raising pigs it can be very overwhelming to figure out what all you need to provide for them. One thing they will definitely need is some form of shelter. Buying everything can get pretty expensive so it helps if you can make a few things yourself.
You may be asking how in the world you’re supposed to make a shelter for your pigs? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. I’ll show you the step by step process of building an easy pig hut for your farm.
It does help if you have a bit of building experience, but that isn’t necessary. This is an easy process and you may have some of the materials lying around already.
What You Will Need to Build a Pig Hut
- Hand saw (electric or manual)
- Drill & screws
- Tape measure
- 2×4 lumber
- Tin roofing
- Plywood (optional)
- Exterior wood sealer
Step 1 – Cut Lumber
Cut the lumber into sections. There should be 6 pieces approximately 6 feet (72 inches) long – 4 for the base and 3 lengthwise pieces for the top.
Two pieces about 2.5 feet (30 inches) long for the front columns and 2 around 1.3 feet (18 inches) long for the back.
Finally, there are 2 pieces about 1.6 feet (20 inches) long that connect the front columns to the back.
Step 2 – Connect Pieces
Now you’ll connect the pieces of lumber together using the screws. Start with the base and place the ends of each of the side pieces flush with the front and back pieces. The 2” side of the lumber should be the part touching the ground. Screw each piece together.
Once you have the base together, place the long columns in the corner at the front of the base and the shorter columns inside each corner at the back of the base. Secure the columns with additional screws.
Now the boards that need to be connected are for the top.
First, connect the two front columns that are the same height with a board and then the two back columns. Next, on the outside of the columns connect the front corners to the back – it will look like a diagonal.
The final board goes across the middle of the top portion so it will support the tin roof. This way the roof doesn’t buckle.
Step 3 – Add the Roof
Now that your boards are connected, all that’s left is the roof.
Cut the tin to fit with a slight overhang – about 3” or so on each side.
Next, lay the tin on your structure and screw it in at each corner then at two or three points in the middle of each piece of lumber.
Step 4 (Optional) – Windbreak
Take the plywood and cut it into a trapezoid to fit each side of the hut. You don’t have to do this, but it serves as a windbreak for the pigs. If you choose not to, then be sure to provide them with plenty of straw for bedding.
Step 5 (Optional) – Wood Sealant
If you did not buy pressure-treated wood then you can seal the wood with an exterior wood sealant.
You don’t have to treat the wood, but it will make it last longer. Ours wasn’t treated and has still lasted for two and a half years so it’s up to you.
A Pig Hut Is Easy to Build
As you can see, the pig hut is pretty simple to build yourself! As long as you know how to use a few common hand tools and can measure relatively accurately you shouldn’t have a problem.
Building the hut this way will save you money and only takes a couple of hours once you collect your materials. Easy and cheap are two of my favorite things when it comes to homesteading.
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