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donaldosaurus

  • Joined Jan 2023
Recommendations for feeders
« on: January 12, 2023, 08:38:08 am »
Hi All
I'm after recommendations for pig feeders that are hard to tip over - I have a couple of young (10 month old) pigs who love tipping over their trough and getting mud in it. The trough is a cheap galvanised one. Cleaning it out every morning before dawn while two greedy pigs fuss at you for their breakfast is getting a bit annoying, so I was wondering if anyone had any luck with any other types.

One idea I had was to nail two tyres to a wooden pallet and cut the sidewalls off - has anyone done anything similar?

Don

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Recommendations for feeders
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2023, 07:22:06 am »
It's an age old problem.


If it is very muddy I would buy the flattish, heavy, rubber skips. One each, either remove after feeding or buy four, so you can feed and retrieve the other two for the next day whilst they are feeding.




donaldosaurus

  • Joined Jan 2023
Re: Recommendations for feeders
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2023, 10:14:21 am »
Those look good, nice and cheap so good to have as an option.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Recommendations for feeders
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2023, 08:57:57 am »
Another vote for the very heavy flattish trugs.  And if you still prefer something they can't throw about, keep an eye open for the metal "Mexican hat" style feeders at farm sales.  They always go for plenty but they will last forever.  The pigs will be able to move them around a bit, but not tip them over (unless you let them underdig for months without moving the hat back to flatter ground.)

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Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: Recommendations for feeders
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2023, 07:45:53 am »
Another vote for the very heavy flattish trugs.  And if you still prefer something they can't throw about, keep an eye open for the metal "Mexican hat" style feeders at farm sales.  They always go for plenty but they will last forever.  The pigs will be able to move them around a bit, but not tip them over (unless you let them underdig for months without moving the hat back to flatter ground.)

We tried Mexican hats with our pigs when we first started out. We found the pigs still filled them with mud and stones and then they became even heavier! You need to be pretty strong to move and clean them on a daily basis.

 

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