This is the third time in two weeks that your pig pen is looking so messy and because of that, you are expected to clean it up. Again! My best friend likes to say, Lazy people are the ones to invent new and easier ways to do things, but I think only Geniuses want to find better ways to do things, and yes you are a genius for taking your time to read this post. We have provided a guide on how to dry up a muddy pig pen easily.
Why your pig pen is always muddy
Dealing with a muddy pig pen can be a frustrating problem. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also be a health hazard for your pigs. Mud can contain bacteria and parasites that can cause serious health problems for your pigs, which is why we cannot overemphasize how important it is to keep your pig pen as dry as possible. But why is it that your pig pen is always so muddy?
One common and obvious reason for a muddy pig pen is poor drainage. When a pen is not set up with proper drainage, then rainwater and other sources of moisture like your pig’s spilled drinking water will have nowhere to go. This can lead to standing water, stagnant water, and eventually, mud.
Poor drainage can be caused by a variety of factors, such as the layout of the pen (you can always relocate your pig pen to a sloppy surface, or you can remodel their pen to a kind of sloppy style). Another cause of poor drainage in your pig pen is the type of soil and the amount of vegetation.
Too much vegetation can block where the water is supposed to go through, which will lead to blocked and poor drainage. This can create a muddy, wet environment that is not ideal for your pigs. If this is the case in your pig pen, you can try to remove some of it or use a rototiller to break up the soil and allow for better drainage.
Let’s not forget that the type of soil that the pen is built on can also affect drainage. If the soil is too clay-like or compacted, then it won’t allow water to pass through it easily. This can lead to standing water and mud. You can improve drainage by adding a layer of gravel to the bottom of the pen or by building a raised bed.
Understanding why your pig pen is often muddy will help you take action to Prevent it from happening again. Your pig pen can be kept dry and free of mud with the help of good drainage, suitable vegetation, and the right kind of soil. You can maintain your pigs healthy and your pen looking wonderful with a little bit of effort.
How to dry up a muddy pig pen
It might be difficult to get a pig pen back into usable shape if it has become muddy. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to dry out and make a muddy pig pen useful once more.
- Clear the Area to Be Dried Up
This is likely to be the first step for any kind of cleaning anyways, and in this case, you have to clear up the area you need dry like moving the pigs to a different shaded space.
However, you will need to carry out this action cautiously, as you don’t want them to become frightened and flee. If you must move them, take care to avoid injuring them by moving them gently and delicately.
- Eliminate standing water
Any standing water must be eliminated as a second step. A shovel or a sump pump can be used to do this. If a sump pump is being used, be sure to set it up in a low area of the pen and pump out any standing water. To remove the water with a shovel, you must scoop it up.
- Work on the mud
You can start working on the mud once the standing water has been eliminated. Using a rake, remove the muck and disperse it. This will hasten the drying of the mud. To help absorb moisture and provide a better surface for the mud to dry, you can also mix in some sawdust or straw.
Start raking the mud out of the pig pen once it has been broken up and spread around. To get rid of the muck, you might also use a shovel. As it might serve as a breeding ground for bacteria and other disease-causing organisms, remove it far from the pig enclosure.
Trenches, which can be filled with sand or gravel, are the ideal way to accomplish this. To allow for drainage so that water won’t collect in the walkways, add a layer of dirt on top of the gravel and compact it.
- Creating Paths on Your Muddy Pig Pen
Making trails is an excellent technique to enhance the surface of your pig pen if it has gotten muddy and is difficult to navigate. By doing this, you can lessen compaction and provide your pigs with a dry space to roam.
How to keep the mud away permanently
1). Choose the proper bedding
Choosing the proper bedding and feeder for your pigs is one of the greatest methods to keep your pig pen dry. This can prevent mud, especially if you live somewhere that gets a lot of rain.
I suggest using hay or straw for bedding. Straw can help soak up any mud before it turns into a slippery mess because it is particularly absorbent. As some pigs may develop unwell if they consume wood shavings, you could also choose to use shavings from trees, but make sure to consult a veterinarian first
You can always try to make sure you’re providing your pigs with plenty of space to move around and exercise. Pigs require a lot of space to run around and play, and if they are confined, they may begin to dig in the mud to expand their habitat, thus messing up the whole place and creating space for stagnant water.
3). Ensure that your pigs have access to plenty of food and water.
Pigs must have access to enough food and water to keep healthy, and if they don’t, they may begin to rummage through the muck in search of it.
Use a robust plastic or metal trough that won’t topple over easily as your pigs congregate around it for feeds.
Additionally, make sure the feeder is elevated above the ground so the food will remain dry even if the pen becomes muddy. To keep them secure and comfortable while they eat, lift the feeder off the ground using bricks or other sturdy materials.
A space with a lot of shade is important for your pig pen. This is because pigs can get sunburned if they’re exposed to too much sunlight, Moreover, if they don’t have enough cover, they might begin to dig in the mud in an effort to obtain some shade.
It’s crucial to keep in mind that mud isn’t the only item that might mess up your pig pen. In order to get your pig pen back in working order, you should speak with your neighborhood veterinarian or a professional pig pen cleaner.