Building the Pigs a Place in the Barn – Project List

Hi I’m Mike, Not sure what is going on with the weather but it sure feels like winter here, its.


Hi I’m Mike, Not sure what is going on with
the weather but it sure feels like winter here, its 3 degrees this morning, with a windchill
of -16. All this cold, not only affects me out here
working this morning, it also affects the animals and today we dive in with the pigs,
taking a look at how they handle the cold and build them a new inside shelter, out of
the wind and cold the frigid temperatures on Our Wyoming Life. It’s a project list day and that means we
tackle a job written down on this list behind me. The list is as much of a living organism as
anything on the ranch and its constantly growing and shrinking as we complete projects written
on it and we add more. Each Tuesday we pick something off this list
and more often than not, the project that needs done picks us. The weather today is what gets this project
moved to the top of the list as we have some very cold piggies out in their corral, hoping
for some better weather. We can’t control the weather but we can
get them a bit of warmth and a new apartment in the barn. Thanks for coming along with me today, please
take a minute to subscribe and come along with us as we strive to make every video an
adventure, inviting you to explore the ranch life and escape the ordinary. I love doing things on the ranch that I have
never done before, and more often than not, that kind of project stems from the need to
solve a problem. We have been raising pigs here on the ranch
for the last few years, and over those years the pigs have lived in many different pens,
corrals and even pastures. This year we moved the pigs from a series
of pens in a long shed, to a bigger single corral, where they have lived for the past
few months. Outside, in the cold temperatures the pigs
seem pretty happy. In fact, I am not sure what an unhappy pig
looks like, in fact its even kind of hard to tell what a cold pig looks like. They huddle together for warmth, and although
they don’t have much for body hair to keep them warm, they do have a thick layer of fat. That layer of fat keeps them warm down to
temperatures of 20 degrees below zero and its not uncommon to see steam rising off their
bodies in cold weather. It pretty easy to feel bad for animals outside
in the cold, until you realize that chickens have feathers to keep warm, cows have leather
hides, pigs have all that fat and while we would quickly die of hypothermia long before
an animal outside could shiver, we do take advantage of their technology, that they use
to keep themselves warm to keep us warm. From the first man who realized that a woolly
mammoth blanket held the cold nights at bay, to you under your goose down blanket, the
lessons we learn from animals help us live better lives and even the idea for insulation,
that came from birds. You may not line your walls now with feathers,
but rest assured someone did, at some point in time, hell they probably tried the whole
chicken. We all know animals are better suited for
cold weather that we are, but its not a bad idea to try to make it a bit easier on them. The cows have their shed, where they can get
out of the wind and snow, chickens have the chicken house and pigs, well here pretty soon,
they will have a new apartment, in the barn. The pig pen as it sits now has a nice shed,
one that is great in the summer to give the pigs somewhere to get into the shade, and
under that shed on the north side, is a wall. That wall, is connected directly to the barn,
and just a few feet from a stall that we don’t use. An extra that was built in there long before
our time, and has mostly been used for overflow during calving. If we play our cards right, we can still have
it for calving if we need it and turn the entire area into a new inside place for the
pigs to hang out. And the first thing to do is clean it up a
bit. This side of the barn is mostly storage for
odds and ends and they do tend to get spread out. These old stovepipes will come in hand for
something, and we never throw away lumber so after a bit of clean up, we can make a
plan for how we want to do this. Our goal is to cut a door between the outside
shed and here, we need the pigs to be able to get into the stall, and we want to have
their water inside, in order to make it easier to fill and easier to keep from freezing outside
in the elements. We can start by removing some planks on the
stall fence. These boards once pounded free will be repurposed
on the side, to keep the pigs in where we want them. Although these boards were nailed before,
we will put them back in with screws and level them, making sure that they are close enough
together that the pigs can’t escape. Then we can cut off the excess. Cold weather on batteries is a killer, dewalt
tools and camera batteries alike, so after a few changes, we finally get the trimming
done we need to. Once we have reworked our fence, then we drag
in the water source for the pigs. We use a water tank for them, in that tank
we put in nipples that the pigs bite on and water then flows to them. We have found this is the easiest system to
keep thawed in the winter, using just a simple tank heater. Then its time for bedding, We still have straw
left over from the ranch round up, and if you rode in on the hay wagons, this might
have been the bale you were sitting on. There is still a butt print, but nothing identifiable. Since these bales are pretty cold and frozen,
we bring them all in, then we break them apart as much as we can, leaving the rest of the
work to the pigs. Essentially by spreading straw for bedding
you are just making a mess, pigs are great at making messes, so why not let them do what
they do best. Once we have the hay kind of spread out and
water filling the tank, then we can look into bringing in our new tenants. That’s going to require making a door, and
figuring out where to make it. Outside, we can pick a spot between studs. I hope the pigs don’t get much wider than
that and start cutting, once again, dealing with batteries, cold weather, frustration,
and aggravation. After trip back to the shop for more batteries,
and a few more changes, we finally create a rough opening, slightly bigger than a pig. And wait for them to come. And wait
And wait a little longer. Like most things around here, there always
has to be a guinia pig, and the pigs, they want me to play that roll today. I’ll bring some food with me, but after
squeezing through myself, its not really needed as our new neighbors come rolling in. I have a feeling its going to be run very
much like a frat house, a lot of farting, some fighting and everything to excess. I’m not kidding when I say that I don’t
thing I have ever seen an unhappy pig. We do everything we can to make sure that
their lives are a good as we can while they are here on the ranch. The same as I would do for any guest, because
in reality that’s what they are. Every animal here on the ranch is our guest,
even though some will never leave, and some will even die here, is that much different
than my life. Since I came to the ranch, and we decided
to stay, I knew this would be where I would find my end someday. I like to say that we do everything we can
to make sure that all of our animals on the ranch have only one bad day. That bad day, may be the day that they leave
the ranch, never to return, but we hope that every day up to that point is just as good
as we can make it. Same goes for us as well. Everyday on the ranch is a treasure, the day
you leave and are never able to come back, that’s the only bad day that any of us should
have to endure, even though, we all know we have to. Thanks for bearing the cold with me today. Its very cool to solve a problem, and do it
in a way, that although it makes sense, never occurred to you until I sat down to really
look at it. I had an email this morning that someone has
been missing our weekly livestreams, and they asked me where they went. So I will take a quick minute before my lips
freeze off to remind everyone that our livestreams, our in the pasture life streams, video podcasts
and a bunch of behind the scenes stuff has now moved over to our other channel, called
beyond the ranch, you can search for it, or check the description for the link. You can catch our weekly livestream there
on Sunday nights along with a whole lot more. I am off, gonna go warm up a bit, before another
project calls my name, until I see you again, have a great week an thanks for joining us
in our Wyoming life.

100 thoughts on “Building the Pigs a Place in the Barn – Project List”

  1. We had a heat index of 101 in Florida today. I would love some snow right about now. Its been sweltering since March and we're not ok y'all lol.

  2. At least your pigs, look like pigs! I have a heifer and a cow, named Peaches and Star. That look like bovines … but I’m pretty sure, they’ve got some Hampshire in them. Thanks for the video!

  3. If pigs have a choice they wont poop in where they sleep if they can go out sude. This litter might not do that . But Next years might..

  4. I would rather have the cold than what we have. I think we have gotten over a foot of rain today. The creeks that are normally only a few inches deep are flooding at over 4 feet. Thanks foe the great video.

  5. Good looking pigs. Nice sty for them I’m sure they’ll be fine, if not you’ll make it right for them….Project list take 2!

  6. Hi, Mike
    Am so happy u take out the time to make a warm place for the pigs. Because they get cold like us. Those pigs are so happy to be in that barn. You always look out for your animals God bless you. Thanks for sharing.You stay warm.

  7. Those hogs look like their about ready to go to the processor.
    If I found myself in your situation I would look at it like this " a crappy day on the ranch would beat the hell out of a good day in the big city any day of the week and twice on Sunday."
    Yes Mike, I'm jealous. ?
    Have a good one and stay warm.

  8. Sadly pigs are the one thing our deed restrictions won’t let us raise here in my part of Central Texas although my neighbors have everything from cattle and bison, to llamas, goats, and sheep, to every kind of fowl you can imagine. Otherwise I’d have me a pair every year to eat the millions of acorns we have on my property. There is nothing that tastes like pigs raised on wild acorns. So with the restrictions we have to settle for the feral ones instead. I’m glad to see that yours only have that one bad day.

  9. Great video Mike, with the wind you guys get, would it be a good idea to put a few plastic strips hanging down over the hog hole, like you see on freezer doors that let fork lifts come and go while keeping the cold and heat separated?
    If you attach them to a separate board that you can remove in the summer.

  10. Interesting, EVERY animal was created so that they do not need clothes. Yet the very "most evolved" creature would rapidly die without them? How do evolutionist square that?
    Gen 3:21_ The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. ?

  11. Jesus Christ, i'd like to see you drink from that water tub, Haven't you heard of a power washer or a bristle scrub brush.

  12. ?…Mike: one of ur best videos… ' Hams down' ? ?? y'all can put the piggies in a palace… but it's still a pig sty. ?

  13. Thanks for sharing information on YouTube’s monetization process. I watch the commercials now instead of skipping. Love the channel and Facebook and Instagram pages. Subscribed to em all.

  14. Try a carbide blade for your sawall you won't believe the differences. amazon has the the pruning blades works great.

  15. Mike:
    What Are You Guys Doin Back Here!?!
    Pigs:
    Grunt… Lyin, Spittin, Fartin and Crackin Cold Ones!
    Mike:
    I'm Gonna Havta Take The Cold Ones, Guys… as a chorus of squealing erupts in the Hog House.

  16. I do appreciate the time you spend to share your life and experience with us. Farming/ranching doesn't leave an excess of spare time to begin with.

  17. Get as many pigs as you can now. Did you see the news in Europe and China? You’ll be making more on them than cows. ???

  18. Oh I do not miss those minus temps at all. But, then your not without electricity and on fire. Had to remember how to operate Wells without electric pumps.

  19. Wow Old Man Winter got you by the short…..
    I love going to work with you guys.
    They definitely have a sweet palace now.
    Jo Jo in VT ? ??

  20. You've got some fine porkers there Mike, pretty friendly too! Great video, thanks. You're talk on making $$$ from YouTube caused me to take my Adblocker App off your channel. That means that tonight I learned about "happy pigs" and how to apply makeup from a really cute black chic. Things don't get better than this! LOL

  21. Your videos are the best! Question: there's a really small gray piggie in there. Does it stay longer on the ranch than the rest? I love how you interact with all the animals. It's truly refreshing to see a rancher who cares like you do. God bless you!

  22. That my friend, is a toque pronounced (tuke) which is Canadianna for "Dang its too cold for my bald head and my freakin ears". Warmest wishes from Grovedale Alberta where it was -18C yesterday when I checked my cows.

  23. I know your job is tough, cold, never ending. But, I would trade places with you in a minute. I have been trying to move from suburbia, The Woodlands, Texas, to something more remote, maybe a gentleman’s farm. But my oldest daughter refused to live anywhere where she can't get a Starbucks on a moment’s notice and my wife grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and would consider moving to a farm a big step back. So, I am stuck.

  24. I liked thanks for bearing the cold with you. Its 55defrees and misty raining. Hahaha. Nothing like your below freezing temperatures

  25. Hey Mike I just realized I drove literally right by your place last night. I remembered when I passed through gillete. It sucks that it was at like 3 in the morning

  26. You could get a couple of those wide thick plastic strips that they use between warehouse openings humans use to trap heat and cut down on dust to use in their door to cut down on the wind. You need only one I imagine cut in a few pieces to over lap. Heck even a used one, there not expensive at all. We use to have to order a occasional replacement for ours at our lumber yard.

  27. On our farm we use a heavy duty truck mud flap that hinges on the door in a way that can swing both ways, the pigs take a bit of tome to use but it cuts down on the wind coming in the pen. Just a thought. Thanks.

  28. Got the beef jerky and honey. Delicious! Do you ever sell pork belly? They ship Keto ice cream so you could ship frozen pork?

  29. Hi Mike or Arin I just watched a few of your videos on the bottle calves and you guys definitely need a milk cow. I think you guys should get mini milk cows so that way you can have several on 1 or 2 acres and you won’t have to much extra milk. Plus mini cows need way fewer maintenance than normal milk cows.

  30. Just a bit of advice form years of experience. Give the pigs only as much space inside as they need to lay down. Any more room and they will begin depositing their urine and manure indoors in one preferred corner. If they are crowded then they will go outside to evacuate their bowels.

  31. Justin Rhodes uses pigs to clear undergrowth in his woods and to fertilize and 'till' land for his veggie garden. They are interesting uses.

  32. Love pigs, they where the funnest animal I had to take care of. They are a lot better then dealing with chickens or worse the roosters. (Pigeons, squibs, are not even worth mention sense they are a extreme pain.) No matter how much you tease them they never got mad long. Very cool animals.

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