Everything I have read recommends 25-35 square feet of space per pig. I am a visual person and had no clue what that meant. I know that we chose a Berkshire/Hampshire cross for our hogs since we intend to not only breed but to raise for butcher as well. I also know that the boar they were sired from tips the scale at roughly 750 pounds while the sow was over 500 so a small space wasn’t going to cut it.
I did a bit of research and found that 50 square feet is the measurement of a king size mattress. Can you imagine keeping a 600 pound animal on a king size bed? I can’t but I figured that to start, I can do a smallish pen and then add to it as they grow.
While they have been waiting for their pen to be built (did I mention we got them BEFORE the pen was even a quarter of the way done) they have been staying in one of our 10’ x 10’ dog kennels.
Luckily, we have right around half an acre to work with, so I am able to pick the size. To start we used free extra long pallets. For the shelter we actually got a free shipping crate. We have spent less than $150 on fencing and nails to reinforce the pen. The work that was put into it was priceless, I know that if it weren’t for my amazing boyfriend and his cousin I would not be able to fulfill my childhood dream of owning pigs.
By the end of summer, they will need new shelter but for now, this will do. We also will be getting a boar to breed our female (the white one) while her brothers will be raised for butcher.