Land and Space

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to take when creating a great home for pigs. The size, shape and features of the land will vary from case to case and affect each individual set up. Of course, we suggest you follow the advice of this guide as closely as possible, but we understand there may be unavoidable limitations in some areas. Please get in touch if you have any concerns or questions regarding your set up. It will be very helpful for us to have photos or videos of any problem areas to hand. You can send those to us at rescue@everypig.org

We are here to help you turn your land into a piggy paradise!

Setting up the perfect living space for pigs does require a lot of work. It is important to create a living space that is not only robust enough to withstand piggies, but will provide a great environment for them all year round.

Pigs living in cold deep mud for weeks or months on end will be miserable and unhealthy
The pigs in this case lived in mud to their bellies for weeks with no relief. They have now been rescued.

Over this past winter we have received dozens of desperate pleas for help from people whose piggy living space was proving unable to withstand the unrelenting rain. Pigs were living in permanent mud pits or else they were shut up inside tiny indoor areas for weeks on end. The owners were overwhelmed and stressed, and the pigs were unhealthy and miserable. You can save yourself and your pigs a lot of heartache by having a great set up ready to help you through the rainy season.

How much space?

All pigs need regular access to good outdoor spaces. Your house is not a suitable permanent living place for a pig. They need room to roam, root and wallow. The general rule when it comes to space is half an acre per pig. As social animals, pigs should always have at least one other pig for companionship. However, there is so much more to providing a great home for pigs than simply the size of the land, so not having exactly an acre available will not mean you are immediately ruled out as a potential home. Please read the rest of our set up guide to see how well you can provide all the things that piggies need.

Pigs need outdoor space and other piggy companionship
The number one things all pigs need is the company of other pigs

Select Your Area

If you are able to choose which areas of your land will be designated pig living space, there are some factors to consider. Different types of terrain can offer certain advantages over others. It is helpful to ascertain what type of soil you have on your land. The Royal Horticultural Society has some great guidance to assist you with this. Those on clay tend to struggle the most with mud and possible flooding and need to have more strategies in place to withstand the wetter seasons.

Pigs love to live in woodland. They enjoy the sights, sounds and (most importantly) smells
Woodland makes a wonderful home for pigs

Light woodland makes a fantastic space for pigs. Trees are wonderful for helping to prevent waterlogged topsoil. They absorb a lot of water from the ground and help the rest disperse deeper via the channels they create with their roots. The falling leaves, fruits and seeds create a rich tapestry for pigs to explore. Including any trees at all in your pigs’ space can be hugely beneficial. If you have trees with sweet fruits, you will likely have to limit pigs’ access to prevent over consumption of sugar!

Land on a slight incline can also be very useful with helping the soil to drain during downpours. We don’t want pigs scaling Everest, but a gentle hill can aid with water run-off and help prevent fields from becoming mud pits. Of course, you will need to place their shelter and other amenities at a high point and may need to factor in levelling off the land in your building plans. You can also include french draining along the bottom of hills to aid with water run-off.

To keep pigs on your land you are required by law to have a CPH number and herd mark. See our Documentation page for more advice.