Build a Mulefoot Pig House

| 11/17/2008 8:06:00 AM

Tags: Mulefoot, pigs, do-it-yourself, buildings, recycling, farms,

Last Saturday was one of those days when I woke up knowing exactly what I was going to do. I had been mulling pig shelter designs for the past couple of weeks … this mulling usually takes place around 2:07 a.m. when the dogs join the local coyote chorus and wake me up. What I decided on was a low, floorless shed that would be relatively easy to move around and that could be stuffed with straw for our little Mulefoot pigs to make into whatever kind of bed they desired.

Building A Pig Hut

During one of those sleepless early morning sessions, I mentally inventoried all the used lumber accumulated and left behind by the farm’s former owner. My initial reaction to all the wood was negative … the stacks are messy, and I loathed the idea of removing them from the barn and burning them. But that particular sleepless morning, I realized that we had everything in the barn that I would need to build the pig palace … everything except the roofing, that is. But as luck would have it, the sagging metal-roofed shed that the insurance company made me push in (it was a liability hazard, don’t you know) was still in a heap inside its limestone wall foundation, and most of the 12-foot tin roofing panels were relatively intact.

Think It Will Work?

In a nutshell, this pig house began with a topless shipping crate turned upside down. I cut away part of the front framing to make room for the opening and clad it with some exterior-grade plywood I found … it was painted green on one side, so I installed it green side out. I screwed three purlin-like affairs to the bottom of the crate (roof side) to support and provide purchase for the metal roof. After careful consideration, I decided that 6-foot-long pieces of roofing would be ideal. I used this as an excuse to purchase my first power sheet-metal snips. They only had an el-cheapo version at Tractor Supply, so try as I might to add another Milwaukee tool to my chest, I paid less than $50 for a more or less disposable version. It worked just fine though, and who knows how many times I will really need to cut a lot of sheet metal.

I think It Will Work.

Hank Will_1
3/10/2009 7:17:16 AM

hey allranchy -- Thanks for the kind words. I am thrilled to know you will be adding pigs. As a long term cattle guy, I never even considered hogs until I read more about some of the heirloom breeds. I have to say that they are delightful, comical even. And they don't smell like cattle, but it doesn't bother me. Good luck!

3/9/2009 8:04:04 PM

I think red is a great color!!!!! We are getting to get pigs for the spring and summer and I too have been thinking about how to build a pig shelter. Thanks for the awesome insight!

Hank Will_2
11/18/2008 5:01:12 PM

Thanks for the comment, Kim. I wish I had a good supply of those crates. I expect some day we will have a few more pigs ... and we plan to pasture them so semi-mobile huts would be useful. I don't think I have ever seen an African Spurred Tortoise before. But I am heading off on a Google search as soon as I post this. Looks like I am outnumbered on the green/red paint scheme, eh?

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