August 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm #16803Member: Maryland NaturalKeyFarmParticipant
Greetings. I have piglets ( 4 weeks today). I want to starting running them in the larger pastern with the older pigs on an electric netting. Are they to young to be introduced to an electric fence? Any unforseen problems?
Thanks, ElisaAugust 25, 2012 at 4:45 am #18115Member: TX Shiner PorkParticipant
Since we use electric fences ourselves, I’ll take a stab at this one. Electric fencing is great with pigs, as they learn quickly what to avoid. When “training” piglets, it is sometimes best to have another layer of non-electrified, pig-proof fencing behind the electric wire/netting. That way, they can’t just quickly slip under/by the electric fence without getting zapped. We don’t have any netting types available here, so we run a three wire system, the bottom wire at 6″, the middle at 12″ and the top one at 24″. We like the poly-tape type, with strands of stainless steel running throughout. They are highly visible and have lasted, thus far.
No foreseen problems that I can think of… Just watch them in the beginning, but more than likely they’re going to stick around the sow, except during nap time. Speaking of which…..
RossAugust 28, 2012 at 6:31 am #18120Member: MO chhogsParticipant
We use electric fence here also but have found that young unweaned piglets rarely respect it but also rarely wander far from mama. Once we wean them we then start the serious training. The first couple days after weaning we put them in an area where they cannot get out as they have a tendency to want to go back to mama. Inside that area there is one wire that starts the training. After 2-3 days we put them behind the netting. Once they are 3-4mths old we then graduate them to 3 wire, polywire.
MissouriOctober 3, 2012 at 2:10 am #18171Member: Maryland NaturalKeyFarmParticipant
Thanks for your support and suggestions. The piglets were far less stressed than me. They only touched the fence for afew little yeks. I am going with the graduation program of the 3 wire wire end of the month.
FYI~my electric netting was order from http://www.kencove.com . The UPS man delievered it!!
ElisaOctober 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm #18173largeblaKeymaster
We use electric fencing as well. We have a training area where we ran one strand in a steel pen that we keep mommas and babies. The little piglets are not shocked as hard by the wire because they are not very grounded when they are that small. They learn quickly though. I have (not on purpose, I promise) grabbed an electric wire with both hands and been zapped hard by it. Shocked (figuratively) the crap out of me and felt like someone hit me, but it was not as bad as it sounds. Just enough to remind you not to do that again!October 4, 2012 at 7:27 am #18175Member: MO chhogsParticipant
LOL! Richard & I have hit ours once or twice too & it really does give you a jolt! I certainly wouldn’t want it on my nose! BUT it has to be strong to teach the piggies to respect it.
Glad it all worked out for you Elisa.
FYI Premier1 introduced a new Pig Netting this year. It is not as high but the spacing is tighter. I think it would work better but of course not going to throw away all that we have but for those starting out it may be a good option. http://www.premier1supplies.com/detail.php?prod_id=51907&criteria=pig+netting