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Homemade Hog Waterers
Homemade hog waterers can be easy to make. Hog waterers can be made of plastic, polyethylene, rubber or galvanized steel. They vary in size and capacity as well.
Hog waterers are just as important as pig feeders. Hogs need clean, fresh, free choice water. There are so many kinds and types of hog waterers, how do you choose which one is right for your backyard ranch? Use the answers to these questions to help:
Homemade Hog Waterers For All Pigs
You can make a homemade hog waterer any size. Also, there is a hog waterer made for pigs in every capacity that you can purchase, from baby pigs to finishing hogs. Piglets are made of over 75% water, while market hogs are around 50% water. Other things to consider are: sick pigs require more water than healthy, water intake increases with the crude protein increases in feeding the pigs and pigs drink more cool water than they do warm water.
It is generally accepted that:
Homemade Hog Waterers And Climate
When you have pigs, if you will have primarily a winter climate, then you will need a heated hog waterer to keep the water from freezing solid. It is better to purchase one of these than it is to make one. Conversely, if you have primarily a summer climate, then you will need cool fresh water for your animals. Also, consider evaporation during the winter and summer climates. The homemade hog waterer above is for climates that do not get too far below freezing.
If your pigs will be in a somewhat climate controlled area indoors, then all you really need to be concerned with regarding a hog waterer, is cool, clean, fresh water daily. Free choice or gravity fed waterers seem to work the best getting started.
Hog Water Source
As with any other animals, you should consider the water source that will be used. If you have free range pigs, maybe you are using a pond for water. Most likely it will be an outdoor hydrant that will fill a hog waterer of some type.
The hog waterer should be easy to access for the animals and for you. It should also be easy to clean and easy to fill. The waterer should also be stabilized so that the pigs can root around it and under it without it falling on them or spilling all the water out. On our homemade hog waterer above, we strapped it to the very sturdy fence using tarp straps, preventing it from falling over.