Pig House for under $30

My husband decided one day that he wanted a pot belly pig for his birthday. Not just any pot belly pig, but an already grown 150 lb pot belly pig. That meant that he not only gets this massive, but sweet, pig, but also a pig house for his birthday.

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Housing considerations

We decided that a lean-to structure would work best and then began compiling our materials.

We had found a sturdy pallet lying around and we decided to cut it in “half” since Petunia was not very tall.

One note of caution!!

Make sure to measure your pig to their highest point BEFORE your cut your pallet or finalize your design. Our pig is just 2 inches shorter than half a pallet, so we added an additional 2×4 to raise up the back.

Weather concerns

We had initially considered building the structure out of just 4 pallets, but then we thought that it might be too unstable. The weather can be quite windy here and Petunia is about 150 lbs, so something with open sides would be easier for her to move around in and for cooling in the summer months.

Pot belly pigs love weather between 50 – 70 degrees, which is just a few short months here, so we needed to find ways to help keep her cool in our summer months, where it wont even dip into the low 80’s some nights. (If you live in colder climates, have solid sides or a more “air-tight” structure may be needed.)

The Building Process

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Assemble and Cut Materials

Our pallet was a pressure treated pallet, and we cut directly above the middle support beam. Then we decided to make the structure 7 inches taller in the front, as Petunia’s back was just lower than the pallet. This way she could have an easier time walking in and it would allow for rain to run-off the roof. We decided to build the house in a square shape with all four sides being 4 feet wide.

This made cutting the two 2x4s easy, as we just had to cut them in half.

The 4x4s were harder for us to cut using just our circular saw, but if you have a table saw it should be much easier. Our saw blade could only go about halfway through the 4×4, so it required a lot of rotating and keeping things striaght.

We assembled all of our materials, and re-measured our pig and pallet to make sure everything out work. Then, we assembled our idea of the structure by our shop before moving it down to Petunia’s sty. By doing this, we saved ourselves some time by realizing that we needed a few more bolts and that we might need some shims as well with the angling between the front and back.

The next thing our structure needed was a roof. One of our friends had some extra barn tin lying around so we were able to snag one piece of 3×10 tin from him in exchange for some manual labor.

We just cut this piece in half, which allows for a slight overhang on each side.

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Assemble structure in final location

We drug all of our materials down to our pig sty and then set things back up. We had to slightly level the ground, as Petunia had already rooted around quite a bit to make sure that the house was secured well. Once everything looked good, secured the 2x4s as a frame around the top.

Once everything was secure, then it was time for the roof.

We lined up the ridges in the tin and screwed that to the frame. We added an extra block on the back side so that the tin could be secured in the middle as well.

Once the roof was attached, we went away to give Petunia some time to check out her new home.

By the time we returned with some treats for her, she had already rooted up some nearby grasses and drug them into her house to use a bed!

She definitely approves of her new home and likes that she has a “place of her own!”

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How to Build a Pig House

This is the shorter version of the steps outlined above. If you are confused by anything listed below please review the images and descriptions.

Material List

  • one 4×4 post
  • two 2×4 planks
  • 3 inch wood screws (at least 15)
  • one 4 ft pallet
  • 3×10 tin or something similar for the roof

Steps

  • Assemble all materials on a solid surface near a power source
  • Cut the pallet, planks, post and tin to the desired lengths
  • Set up and re-measure structure to ensure fit
  • Screw all boards together for a frame
  • Attach the roof

Comments or Questions??

Thank you for reading this and please let us know if you have built your own pig structure using our guide or if you have any suggestions.

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