Right now, however, autumn is starting, so we've turned off our A/C. It now gets cool enough in the night to drop the pigs' room temperature down to 64. (Is that too cold for them already?) It's just a matter of time before it gets down to 63, then 62, then 61...
However, it still gets occasionally warm enough during the day for us to not want to turn on the heat. I don't want to be bouncing back and forth between A/C and heat.
The pigs are in our living room, which is open to the entire ground floor. So, we can't give them a separate heater.
Should I just turn on the heat and bear with the occasionally toasty afternoon? Or is there something else I can do to keep the pigs' room temperature stable?
How cold should I let it get in the pigs' room before turning on the heat?
- Sewing for a Cause
Something I go by on how cold is to cold for our pigs is if they get all puffed up and Shakes pink ears, right on the edges, will turn a slight color greyish or white.
I also keep an eye on them to see if anyone is puffed up. I can't go by the thermometer because one or two of them will puff up at about 75 degrees! I would love to get them used to lower temps, but I sure don't want them to get sick in the process.
- Supporting my GL Habit
My girls are used to fairly steady temps around 68, but right now, the house is more like 62-64. I haven't really been ready to turn on the heat. I also go by the puffiness factor. If they start looking a little cold, I make sure they have cozies to hide in, and will turn on the heat once they (and I) start to feel the chill.
I know this summer, they were quite comfortable, even just over 80F. They didn't do the "oozing" until one day it hit 87 (which luckily, was only a few hours before I got the house cooled off).
So - a few degree shift over the duration of the day shouldn't be a problem.
I turned on the heat too, just to be safe. I want these guys to be healthy and happy!
How often do you have to wash the cozies?
- You can quote me
For the occasionally chilly evening, you can use these (3rd and 4th items down):
... as long as everyone is healthy, well and mobile enough to get off of them if they get too warm.
We also use the oil-filled electric radiant heaters to knock the chill off the room. These are the only heaters I'll leave on when there's no one home. There's no exposed coil, no fan or blower, and no liquid fuel:
You can get them cheaper than that, btw. Wal-Mart and Home Depot usually have them. You'll be surprised at how well they do even in very large rooms.
It was particularly cold this morning so I left it on for a bit until the room warmed up. It was funny to watch them sit in the warm corner then go out to play until they got coold again, where they would come back to the corner! It's like on cold snowdays when we'd go play in the snow as kids and then come in for hot chocolate.