Info, advice and piece of mind appreciated! :)
- LS in AK
- Upside-down & Backwards
And, do you have a gas fireplace or a wood stove? I lost power for 6 days once while living in western WA, and we had to bundle the pigs in lots of blankets in a small temporary space and sit them next to the fireplace during the day. At night, we all just bundled up (it was in the 20's after the windstorm). I used a big Rubbermaid tub, with the litter box/food area in one half and lots of cozies in the other, so they could burrow and stay warm. I duct taped their water bottle to one side. Pigs made it through better than I did (I caught a cold, they were fine.)
While I was worried, the pigs did surprisingly well. I would have been more worried about heat than the cold. I think they can survivie pretty cold temperatures, though I don't have numbers for you.
I also provided extra hay, in piles for them to snuggle into if they wanted. Hay keeps them warm too.
You might also try hot water bottles, if you have hot water.
Good luck. Stay as warm as you can!
I'll try to pick up the warmers today and will be extremely careful. I'm hopeful that one way or another by tomorrow we'll have him somewhere warm so as long as he can survive like this - and it seems he can - we should be fine.
- And got the T-shirt
He's now a captured, well-loved pig in a warm house, but he did just fine with all the cold weather outside.