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Locking piglets in at night

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:51 am
by repatexpat
Another newbee question: We've been locking piglets and sow in the shed at night, just for 8 hours at the beginning, now up to a 12 hour night. The sow is often reluctant to come in (but will with an apple!). Now that the piglets are almost 5 weeks old and the smallest is ~5kg, is it okay to just leave the door open (is there still a risk of fox predation)?

Re: Locking piglets in at night

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:05 pm
by repatexpat
Found a few related threads on The Accidental Smallholder. Have yet to find a safe-from-foxes target weight but it seems that locking the sow and piglets in at night might need to continue until piglets are 6-8 weeks (and/or weaned). Any more specifics gratefully received. Cheers!

Re: Locking piglets in at night

Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:21 pm
by The Rushbury Pig
I lock mine in at night until a couple of weeks after they are weaned unless there are any that are particularly small. The million dollar question is how small is small!! I can honestly say it is not scientific, I look at them, lift them and if I felt they are too light and not wriggly enough to escape a fox then they are kept in longer. This has only happened once though.

Re: Locking piglets in at night

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:07 pm
by Grzyby15
I also think that it depends on size. I would still lock them if they are very small.

Re: Locking piglets in at night

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:00 am
by DelMar Kunekunes
Know of several folks that have enjoyed fox free status using these. Not an endorsement of this particular brand as they are quite common now. I suppose someone handy with a soldering iron and a schematic could make their own pretty inexpensively.
http://www.amazon.com/Nite-Guard-NG-001 ... ator+light

We have an abundance of fox to worry with at night, but to be honest since putting up a five foot tall welded wire fence we've not seen any jump it (although I would guess that they likely could). Greater concern at night here is Great Horned Owls, and during the day Bald Eagles, Red Tailed Hawks, and giant black buzzards. By about 8-9 kilos I can't imagine any of our foxes venturing a try, but we currently have four litters on the ground that are 1-3 weeks old and they all get locked up at night.