Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Heat and Pigs

With the heat that we are having across the country right now I thought I would give a few tips about keeping our piggies cool.

House pigs should go out early morning and later in the evening when temps are at their coolest. They are used to the A/C and being out in the heat for too long can cause our pigs to over heat.

If you think that your pig might be over heating you need to cool him down. Spraying him with hose is not what you want to do. The best way to cool down a pig is with a cool towel or water on his belly and behind the ears. You don't want it cold, but cool as we want to do it gradually.

Outside pigs should always have plenty of shade and access to either a pool or mud hole. These too should be in the shade not sitting directly in the sun. I personally like the mud hole as it serves a dual purpose. The mud works as a sunblock and protects against bugs.

On those really hot and humid days we hose down the ground where the pigs live so at least the ground is cool. I have also keep a fan on low running to keep air circulating. It is not blowing directly on the pig.

Remember that the water coming out of your hose will be hot to begin with so give it time to cool down before spraying your pig or filling up pools or water bowls.

Keep an eye on your babies and stay cool. They won't feel like doing much, but then neither do I on those really hot days.