|Ethnoveterinary Medicine in Asia : Swine (IIRR, 1994, 72 p.)|
Pigs need protection from extreme cold and heat. They are housed in many different ways, depending upon the local practices.
Low-cost housing materials If possible, pig pens should be built on higher ground, preferably near water sources. Orient the house in an eastwest direction. This orientation keeps the floor of the pen dry by allowing the sun to dry the pen floor as the sun crosses the sky during the day.
- Coconut leaves.
- Wooden tiles (layered).
- Cogon (Imperata cylindrica) grass.
- Palmyra (Borassus flabellifer) palm leaves.
- Wood planks.
- Nipa (Nypa fruticans) palm leaves.
- Old galvanized iron sheets.
- Betel nut leaves.
- Other locally available thatching materials.
Shelter your pigs under storage sheds. This cuts construction costs and makes good use of space.
In Thailand, some farmers build open shelters with special ventilated roofs.
A space separates the inner roof, which has an open peak, from the outer roof
You can house pigs under your poultry. Pigs will eat chicken manure and, if you have a nearby pond, your fish will eat any nutritious runoff.
Farmers in some parts of the Philippines build open pens with thatched bamboo shades. The pigs have a cool place to rest and an open area in which to eat, defecate and roam.
Try tethering your pigs to a stake, within reach of drinking water and a cool wallowing hole.
In Thailand, farmers build back-to-back shelters of thatched bamboo and fencing.
To give your pig room to roam, tether it on a wire or cord stretched between two wooden stakes. When the forage is eaten away, the stakes. can he moved.