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Hogwarts

  • Joined Sep 2019
Wallows
« on: May 14, 2020, 01:48:38 pm »
What are peoples opinions on wallows? I've got some new piglets in my paddock and there all white and getting a little sunburn do you think a wallow is therefore a necessity for me? There is some shade in the corners and they have their ark but not as much as I would like. My previous batch built a small wallow but its all dried up now, should I fill it with water? Or are wallows more about temp regulation than allaying sunburn?

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Wallows
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2020, 03:51:33 pm »
Under the new pig welfare guidelines you should protect against sunburn. The easiest way is a wallow. Just add water to the old wallow and they will do the rest. It is about temp control too as pigs very susceptible to overheating.

Rupert the bear

  • Joined Jun 2015
Re: Wallows
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2020, 04:21:24 pm »
Under the new pig welfare guidelines you should protect against sunburn. The easiest way is a wallow. Just add water to the old wallow and they will do the rest. It is about temp control too as pigs very susceptible to overheating.
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Jonah by nature

  • Joined Jun 2019
  • Torquay
Re: Wallows
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2020, 10:05:59 pm »
Hi ,wallows are pretty much essential in hot weather for pigs . Cools them down since they have no sweat glands and doubles as a mud spa for wifey????????
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arobwk

  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Kernow. Some think it's in England.
Re: Wallows
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2020, 10:42:42 pm »
Maybe it's my age, but it took me ages to work out that Jonah's strange uploaded picture was simply upside down !!   :D
« Last Edit: June 16, 2020, 10:48:41 pm by arobwk »

Jonah by nature

  • Joined Jun 2019
  • Torquay
Re: Wallows
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2020, 05:25:10 am »
Maybe it's my age, but it took me ages to work out that Jonah's strange uploaded picture was simply upside down !!   :D
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Hogwarts

  • Joined Sep 2019
Re: Wallows
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2020, 10:42:53 am »
I didn't even see the photo and I'm not even old  :D but I have fixed the problem as its great seeing pigs wallow

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Wallows
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2020, 10:48:46 am »
Hi ,wallows are pretty much essential in hot weather for pigs . Cools them down since they have no sweat glands and doubles as a mud spa for wifey????????

Not just cooling, the mud on their skin acts as a sunblock and helps them not get sunburnt quite so much.

Serious welfare issue.  Pigs need wallows in hot weather.  And fresh drinking water besides.  (They will pee in their wallow and they won't drink soiled water.  Muddy yes, no worries.  Peed or pooped in, no.)

When we get a drought period we have a rota for 3-times-a-day checks to top up the pigs' wallows and drinkers.
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alang

  • Joined Nov 2017
  • Morayshire
Re: Wallows
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2020, 06:56:43 pm »
Wallows are essential but a word of caution if i may. If you have a farrowing sow (especially older sows) that are due to farrow in the next few days or have just farrowed, then be very vigilant for mastitis.
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