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Bodger

New Pig Arks?

I've just had a phone call from a mate who delivers central heating fuel in the area. He's found me three x 2500 litre defunct plastic oil tanks. I've heard of people who have successfully converted these sort of items into suitable pig accommodation. I'll pick them up over the next few days and see what I can come up with. Anyone got any ideas or done this before?
Ty Gwyn

Converted leaking Steel Diesel and Rayburn oil tanks to use as pig ark`s,
The hardest and longest part is getting rid of the fumes.
dpack

with a metal tank fire is your friend ,with plastic it might need a bit of washing and weathering
RichardW

Steam cleaner, just dont get them to hot.

Will a 2500L tank be big enough?
Tavascarow

Steam cleaner, just dont get them to hot.

Will a 2500L tank be big enough?
A guy I know who was a heating engineer by trade used one for a couple of porkers, I doubt they would fit a couple of baconers.
My main concern would be the pigs chewing & ingesting plastic.
Bodger

I've picked the first one up this morning.
All the pigs that I've had in the past have had ample opportunity to chew on wood and plastic but have never bothered. I think that if they have plenty of space to do other more interesting things, then its not a problem.



















The question is, where to position the door and how big to make it? scratch
Shan

They would make fabulous mite free chicken houses.
Ty Gwyn

Would the width of that tank be around 5ft?

Personally to make use of it as an ark,i`d cut the doorway in its side in the upright position,and bolt light angle iron to the cut edges to eliminate chewing and to help keep the body rigid.
Size wise,the width of your biggest pig.

Being`s one of your ark`s blew over the fence in the high winds,i`d knock in a few posts around the tank and tie it down.
dpack

what ty gwyn said seems sensible

rather than mess about with angle iron would a manhole cover frame or similar from the scrappers be easier for the doorway?
Nick

Too small, probably.
dpack

profile iron seems possible but a poke about in the scrappers might provide a big enough door frame
Mutton

We have ex-oil tanks as water butts. We left them for a whole summer in a hot, sunny spot with the lids off. By the end of the summer the smell of kerosene was gone, so we reckoned them to be clean.
Bodger

I saw a set up on Alderney that successfully used these a couple of years back and also know of a well known enterprise that also uses them down in Devon. I think that they'll prove to be spot on for a group of weaners and/or a smaller set of fatteners. To repeat myself, at a tenner a throw, what's to be lost?
Bodger

We've got a bitter northerly wind blowing here this morning, so I've simply moved the piggies accommodation about half a turn so that the wind isn't blowing directly in to it. The oil tank is working really well and I'm hoping that I'm able to get some more. The girls really are as snug as bugs in a rug.
Bodger

Here you go. They're as snug as bugs in a rug.








I'm going to hang on to these two Large Black gilts. They've certainly got some length to them.




Jamanda

Cor, look at the ears on them!
dpack

folk say that sort of thing about me Laughing
Bodger

The house next door is a holiday home and my neighbour took this photo over the weekend. He emailed it to me this afternoon, I think its brilliant.




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