20 February 2014

DON'T BUY A PIG BEFORE WATCHING THIS! You should know as much as you can before deciding!

This is really important video to watch before looking for a pig pet. Micro, mini, teacup? What does it all mean? They are not all the same and you should be ...

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pigs calm I want to talk briefly about miniature pigs as pets and pig ownership and pig breeding there are hundreds of varieties of pigs worldwide and dozens of varieties of miniature pigs that would be considered pet pigs I breed as a hobby Julianna pigs miniature Julianna and miniature Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs the miniature pig industry is relatively new to the US and as such there are not real standards as people would like to believe in this in pig breeding the terms micro teacup mini all of these are marketing terms and they're banded around loosely the in it and unfortunately there's the the promise of a 15 pound full-grown Pig is all too common and often not an honest statement pigs are like people you can't guarantee the size of a pig and it will grown any more than you can a person from starting at birth people change pigs change over time their environment changes their food is as a fact a lot of things are a factor and genetics are a factor but a female they may have eight piglets are more or less what some of those piglets will mature to a much larger size on other pigments so there's

just really not a sure-fire way of knowing from the early stages what size Pig you're going to end up with three years down the road so I just want to give an overview and I want to give you know some some some warnings and tips on how to how to choose a pig as a pet first and foremost do you want to find a reputable breeder and you want to go to the breeder don't mail order a pig it's not not that it's inhumane to ship a big I really don't have much of a problem with that but it's just a it's just an unwise thing to do you want to go to the breeder and you want to be able to ask personally a variety of questions while you are there in person witnessing the whole herd you want to see every Pig that this farmer or breeder owns so that you get a real sense of the true range of Ages and sizes and those are important questions to ask what age is that pig that you're breeding there and you know I and you want honest answers have all too many times I've had people come to me to buy their second Pig pet the first one having been say a pig that they purchased in a swap meet or a flea market for 50 dollars they've never seen

this person before they're in a swamp made looking around and they see a box of piglets and it's just irresistible so they grab one they bring it home flash forward three years or even two years and they've got a 250 pound pig that it cannot manage and cannot possess so it's heartbreaking and these animals end up sometimes being sold to people who slaughter them or end up being on you know hopefully a situation where someone can take them on a farm but it's often hard to find homes for them once you're in this situation and unless you are absolutely convinced that you have to have a completely miniature compact animal that's under 15 pounds then don't worry about it why not get a medium-sized Pig that's say the size of a small pit that's a good sized pet just know that a lot of breeders will make a lot of promises and you really don't know what you got for two to three years so I would not recommend these animals to everyone I don't like to sell to people who live in small confines in fact I've refused a lot of offers from people who live in apartment buildings I've even had people who live in dorms and apartments on college campuses come

and try to buy pics for me and that's just not fair to the pig and eventually the owner will find out that they didn't do themself any service either pigs are a herd animal when they're separated from the farm they have a great deal of anxiety until they adjust to the new surrounding surroundings and bond with you the new owner and your family you will then become their hurt that's a very important transition in the life of a pet pig they are adaptable and if when they leave this herd they can easily adapt and and bond to your herd pigs can be destructive if they're not attended to if they're not giving given plenty attention of attention and a proper betting and floating weather they can they can easily destroy drywall and rip molding and tear up tile so be mindful that this is an exotic pet with different needs than a puppy or a kitten when you bring them home there they tend to be a very timid animal until they bond with you and then they can be your best friend it can be an enjoy enjoy experience I'm not in endorsing it and I'm not really trying to discourage people I just want people to know the ins and outs of this so there you go

I'll just give a few more tips and an overview in general Pig ownership and a lot of the questions that I get from people it's a good idea to do your own research while it's not nice and important to be able to talk to a breeder you want to do that after you've done your own research it do your homework it's a there's a lot of available information on the Internet you can read and understand a lot about miniature Pig pets before you even go to a breeder that way you're not calling people like me I'm a very busy person and I have people that call me who've never read the first thing about pigs and they want me to divulge all of this information in one phone call and take twenty minutes thirty minutes out of my life because they don't have the time to read well I don't really have the time to talk about that yes I may what I may like to sell them a pig but I'd like them to be much more informed than that before calling me it also alerts me to the fact that they're not they're not the person who's interested in detail and the work of doing homework so maybe they're not the right person to land a pig in the first place the earlier

generations of miniature pigs in the US and particularly here in North Carolina where I reside were a much larger Pig they grew two sizes around 250 pounds that is still a miniature Pig when you consider the fact that farm swine can easily reach a thousand pounds if they're if they are fed past market time market wait for a farm Pig is about two hundred and fifty pounds whereas if you keep growing them like I say eight hundred or thousand pounds is easy therefore 200 pounds is their miniature Pig the pigs that I breed they range in size from about a cocker spaniel size small to medium dog size to a small pit bull very small compact lab that's a good size for a pet pigs are very dense so when you're talking weight with a breeder understand that a 50 pound dog is going to be probably twice the size of our stature as a 50 hey pigs are dense round hard little animals they pack a lot of weight and have very short legs so if you have a 50 pound pig that's a small Pig don't don't just accept readily promises of fifteen or thirty pound it's actually a little actually a little harder to find the people who need you to believe

pigs eat pelleted food that you can find in a number of different stores we have an Ace Hardware store of the road that carries it we have a farm supply store down the highway a different direction that carries you just have to look around and call people that are distributors for some of the larger feed companies and ask them to stock it if they don't it's like I say it's a pelleted pig food do not feed your pig farm pig food or your you're likely to fatten your pick up those foods are intended to for weight gain for farms if you do have to use that food just use it very sparingly don't overfeed them pigs require their requirements outdoors are very simple a small enclosure for them to stay warm with a fresh bed of hay is is sufficient with a good roof that doesn't leak you don't need to have a door that closes they can go in and novices have been this is a lot better than they live in the wild and they do very I wouldn't recommend having a pig indoors exclusively pigs are an outdoor animal essentially and if you give them plenty of outdoor time they're likely to be much happier much more content

animals and therefore much less demanding and destructive pigs get along well with other animals I've had several dogs in and out of they go in and out of the pig pens and they're pretty much oblivious to each other they're fine with children generally you want to be careful with very small children I wouldn't leave a pig unattended with an infant for example who knows you never know what's going to happen you just have to use common sense but around small children to generally find if it big flashes its face toward you in an aggressive move you don't want to spank the pig because they don't forget these things you don't want to you want to give them the sense that you're abusive it's just a slight tap on the nose and telling the animal know is usually enough to get them to understand that the behavior is not acceptable so that like I say they're very they're very easy they easily assimilate into a new environment as long as they're giving given plenty of attention and proper food and water and shelter you