BATHING YOUR NEW PIG

Dec 28

We have sent you home with a recently bathed baby pig!  When it’s time for  another tubby use  Johnson & Johnson tearless baby wash.  Pigs tend to have dry, flaky skin.  Skin-so-soft from Avon works great.  Rub it on your piggy daily.  Some people give 1 tablespoon of olive oil daily on their food.  Others use commercial diet supplements (Heartland Pet products carry several specifically for mini pigs).  Pig skin and human skin are very similar, so similar that human burn victims are sometimes treated by grafting pig skin onto the burns until human skin grows back. So any human lotion is fine for teacup pigs.

Pig skin is much thicker, tougher and drier, so lotion like Corn Huskers, Crack  Cream, or Udder Cream work well.  Also, the scent on some highly perfumed lotion can bother a pig’s sensitive snout.  Pigskin is generally too tough for fleas to bite, except for the soft areas behind the ears and armpits.  There is no need to treat them for fleas unless you find a flea on the pig.

LITTER BOX TRAINING:

All our pigs here at Ragland Ranch have been litter box trained.  Keep in  mind pigs under 6 months of age have a hard time controlling their bladder and  should be kept in a small area so they can get to the box quickly.  A baby pig with too much area to roam may get confused and not be able to find his/her way back to the litter box.

 

 

We use pine pellets in their litter box (you can purchase at Walmart Feline Pine or buy Horse bedding pine pellets from TSC).  You can train your pig to go outside or use a doggy door.  Pigs do not like to
climb over edges so you should not use a cat litter box.  You can purchase a  sweater box and cut one side down in the center to improvise for your pig.
NEVER use cedar in your pigs litter box because cedar can be absorbed through  their hooves and cause toxic issues (pine shavings are fine).   NEVER use cat  litter because it can clump in the pig’s intestines and cause blockage.  Make  sure your new baby knows where their litter pan is and it is IMPORTANT for it to  always stay in the same place and not be moved around the home.…

Keeping your pig indoors

Dec 28 Keeping your pig indoors

Your miniature pig will require A LOT of love!  You will get out of your pig  what you put into it.  If you work with it and train it, you will have a  wonderful friend.  As far as socialization your pig has been socialized with us,  but still may be scared for a few days in his/her new home. click here for further details.

 HOUSING YOUR PIG:

INDOOR PIGS

Pigs need a place of their own.  A quiet room, closet, or crate.  They need a  place they can go to sleep and have alone time.  You will need to teach your pig  where they may play and with what they are allowed to play with.  Pigs love  blankets to bury themselves in.  Dog beds work great too.  Hide treats in their
blankets for a little fun.  We suggest any dog toy where you put treats in it  and they have to figure out how they come out.  Kongs that you fill with treats  are great!  Stuffed animals and baby toys that make noise are also a good toy.

Keeping your pig indoors
Pigs are very smart so you want something that will challenge them.  Even indoor  pigs need some outdoor time.  They need to exercise and soak up some sun.  A  minimum of 2 hours a day outside is suggested, although more is better.  Just  keep in mind your climate.  Vitamin D is absorbed through the skin from natural  sunlight.  We can all use a little heliotherapy!…

OUTDOOR PIGS

Dec 28 OUTDOOR PIGS

Miniature pigs do ok living outside.  They do need special care and attention as these are not animals meant for harsh weather changes.  No matter where your pig lives it must have suitable shelter, access to clean fresh water, and a  suitable sized and safe enclosure.  Pigs are social creatures so if your pig is going to live outside they do better in  small groups for both warmth and social interaction. click here for more information.

OUTDOOR PIGS

 

Remember pigs are HIGHLY  intelligent!  In hot weather your pig will need a small child pool (or a mud  pit), a fan, shade, and bug spray (must be livestock/animal safe) and sunscreen.  In cold weather you pig will need an  insulated house, no drafts, heat lamp, blankets and straw and of course water at  all times (use a heated water bowl so water does NOT freeze).  Keep in mind pigs  do not have fur.…

WHAT TO FEED YOUR MINIATURE PIG

Dec 28 WHAT TO FEED YOUR MINIATURE PIG

For tiny pigs this size it is VERY important not to over feed.  We provide  the proper nutrition for our pigs.  We do NOT inbreed or under feed our pigs to  get their small size.  Our babies are started off and fed a nutritionally  complete balanced diet of Mazuri mini pig youth food.  Your pig will stay on the
youth grain until 4 months old, and then you will switch to Mazuri mini pig  active adult.  As the weeks go by you can start introducing them to veggies and  fruits.  These little pigs are very small and do NOT require a lot of food. for more information, visit : http://roosminipigs.com/2016/12/28/bathing-your-new-pig/

 
When you first get your baby, only give ¼ cup of Mazuri mini pig youth food in  the morning and repeat in the evening.  Once your baby is on adult active you  will want to increase feed to ½ cup in morning and repeat in the evening.  You  may need to increase this a bit it just depends on the pigs metabolism.

 

In between feedings you can offer some veggies and fruits. PLEASE understand all of my pigs are under 40 lbs (full grown).  If you overfeed them, they will gain weight which is unhealthy for their petite bodies.   Your pig should stay on food specialized for mini pigs!

WHAT TO FEED YOUR MINIATURE PIG
NEVER feed your pig dog  or cat food!  NEVER feed your piggy AVOCADO or CHOCOLATE these are toxic to  pigs.  Pigs also have a salt toxicity issues.  NEVER feed your pig salted items  such as potato chips or salted popcorn.  Air popped corn is fine as an  occasional treat.

 

Other great snacks you can use to train your pig are grapes,  apples, animal crackers (NOT frosted) carrots, and cheerios are fine but please  in moderation.

 

PLEASE DO NOT FEED YOUR PIG FROM THE TABLE YOUR PIG WILL TRAIN  YOU.  IT IS HARD TO RESIST SUCH A CUTE FACE BUT IF YOUR PIG GRUNTS AND CRIES FOR  FOOD WHILE YOU ARE EATING IGNORE THE PIG OTHERWISE YOU WILL HAVE A HUGE PROBLEM  IN THE FUTURE.

 

Your pig must know that you are the boss and in control at all  times, you cannot give these little pigs an inch because they will take a mile!   Pigs are very smart and they can learn to open lower kitchen cabinets if food is  in there.  Always ensure that you either keep food and poisons above the pig’s
reach or you put child locks on the doors.

 

Your new baby will require fresh  water at ALL times.  Their snouts are very strong and can easily tip their water dish.  You need to either have a heavy dish they cannot tip or you will need to
secure it so it cannot be tipped over.  Since pigs do not sweat, they must  always have water!  For a wonderful selection of supplements, food and supplies  we recommend going to…