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The typical standard backyard piggery in the Philippines

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Even a little backyard piggery can be an additional income. Every small business can be helpful to have an extra income. How to run a backyard piggery?

How to build a piggery

The piggery
Aside from 'native chicken' is pork flesh the most used flesh in the Philippine kitchen. If ever you have a chance to put up even a simple 'backyard piggery' you can be sure to find a buyer for the whole pig or you can use some flesh for your own and sell the other kg by kg to your neighborhood. This page is just to explain this kind of small business to a foreigner because my fellow Filipino already know since youth, how to have an extra income this way.

backyard piggery The simplest way is: make somewhere on your lot a fence from bamboo, just big enough for a pig, buy a piglet and start to feed it. I have seen this often, aside from holding a piglet with a simple rope. If it's a place with shadow, you don't need really a roof. But if you want to run your extra business some longer, it might be better to start with a little piggery, with 1 - 3 rooms, a cemented flooring and a solid through(Trog) to feed the pigs. You need to decide by your own, what you want to do. Only fatten piglets, then rooms with the same size are still OK. If possible, give every single pig 1.5 - 2 sqm space.

Hog with piglets Piglets, ready to start fatten, are already expensive. A piglet, maybe 10kg in the right age with 45 days can cost already 2,300 - 2,800 PHP. If you are now thinking about, to have your own hog to have own piglets, you need to build one small room for the hog, another room, some bigger, for the piglets where they can stay safe till the hog is calling them to feed them. If you have a good hog, expect up to max. 12 piglets. Make sure, the space is wide enough till all of them or only few are sold and to have enough space again for the piglets you want to raise and fatten.

Septic tank The next decision you have to make is: How to run the piggery without (impossible) but with less smell. The poo is not really the problem because you can remove it every now and then, dry it and use it as fertilizer. Make compost with it and sell that, if possible. The urine is the smelly problem. You need to build the flooring falling a bit to the backside, so urine and water can leave the room there thru a small hole. You need to clean the room daily or it will easily start smelling bad and possible neighbor might complain. If you want to make it this way, you should add outside a kind of 'Septic tank' where the water (with the urine) can slowly go inside the soil. Cover it and it will run for some years this way.

Finally, make sure to have always! enough clean water for the pigs to drink, especial while the dry season, make sure the air can easily pass the piggery to cool the piglets down. A fence will be a better solution then a wall. If you build a wall, make sure it is not too high or let always 4 inch space between the hollow blocks in a row. A nice and simple trick to make it already better.

On the next page let's talk about the timetable and cost to raise the piglets and your possible income.

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