Pig arks?

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Pig arks?

Post by Syke Girl » Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:23 pm

hi have any of you got the Multi-purpose green plastic arks? (looks like half a oil tank) we are thinking of getting one and wondered what any of you with them thought of them?

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Post by Paula » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:46 am

I have'nt used one but when we were planning our pig area which is quite windy we wondered if they would blow away. So hence we went for the traditional arks. If anyone else uses them do they stand up to alot alot of wind!
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Post by Syke Girl » Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:17 am

the company who sell them also sell galvanised barbed spikes to secure the Ark to the ground in exposed conditions, I was wondering about condension making them damp, the galvanised tin arks I dont think will be warm enough?

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Post by Ali Webster » Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:39 pm

Hi, we have a brick pig house, a bigiemere pig arc and a carberry arc!The bigemere is a coated galvanised arc which is insulated and wood lined (we're a bit soft I think!), it's also got a wooden floor. It's been really good, and has withstood even our boar in the throes of passion - well attempting passion in there!! The carberry arc, which is as you decribe, has been good too. In Cornwall we've had some pretty rough weather, but so far it's stayed in place. you must use the metal spikes though. As you would expect, we've angled ours so it doesn't catch the usual prevailing winds, and we've put it in the most sheltered location we could find, but of course the wind doesn't conveniently come from just one direction. I guess the handy thing about it is you can flip it on it's roof and drag it around relatively easily, but it takes two of you, and if the grounds a bit rough possibly three. I don't think just the galvanised arc's are ideal for kunes, as they get hot in the summer (if ever we have one!!) and cold in the winter. I think they're better suited to commercial piggies who aren't going to be kept year in year out. The bidgiemere arcs are a more substantial / permanent fixture, but it depends really on what you're looking for. Hope this helps, Ali

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Post by Syke Girl » Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:51 pm

thanks that was great, will get OH to read and we can think again about everything you have said

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Post by sean cassidy » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:52 pm

I've two of the plastic arcs, they work great. Didn't pin my down, made them very easy to move. A couple of shovels of earth around the egde should prevent wind problems. They have a vent in the roof. They are always bone dry inside. The pigs love them??

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Post by Syke Girl » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:10 pm

thanks sean they sound just the job

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Post by wendy scu » Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:00 am

Bidgiemire pig arcs are up in scotland and they supply all the arcs mentioned, give linda a ring on 01864 505050 she is always very helpful,

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Post by Syke Girl » Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:06 am

that is great, I will ring her today, thank you :D

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