Feeding and Water

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mazuriPot Belly Pigs need a specialized diet to ensure they get all the nutrients needed to live healthy life. You cannot run down to your local feed store and ask for pig food. Be sure to get Pot Bellied pig food or mini pig food. When you get your pig from Mini Pig Farm, we send you a starter bag so you can wean your pig off of our feed onto the feed of your choice. As long as the feed is made for Pot Bellied or Mini Pigs you can use it.

When you get your piggy home, start feeding it the food we provided. Use it for the first 2-3 days to help the pig feel comfortable. It was a long trip and the less stress the better. On day 3 , begin adding the new food in with the feed we supplied. About half and half. Your pig may reject your choice of  feed at first. What brand you feed your pig is up to you.We have done a lot of research and have tried many different brands of Pot belly pig food. We finally decided that Mazuri mini-pig food is what they liked the best and is the most nutritionally complete. Mazuri products were not available at out local feed store but they were able to get it for us. You can search Mazri’s website for a dealer near you.

There are many places to purchase Pot Bellied Pig food, so find one that is going to be convenient for your needs as well as your pigs. Please be sure to choose quality first. Your pig has special dietary needs that it won’t get from eating dog food( oh yeah put up the dog food they’ll eat that too). It is very important to set a feeding schedule for your pig. These are very small pigs, and will only need ¾ to 1 cup of feed per day. We recommend that feed you pig twice a day. Try to set a routine, something like getting up in the morning, take the pig out to potty, come in have you’re coffee, then feed the pig. It’s not critical to feed them as soon as you wake up. However, pigs like routine. They learn fast and will appreciate you for keeping the schedule. Do not feed the piggy every time it beckons. At some point your little buddy will test you. Don’t give in!! Keep them on a schedule and your pig will be understand and know exactly what to do.

Feeding amounts:
Morning = ½ cup
Evening = ¼ – ½ cup

Preparing your home

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Congratulations! It is almost time for your newest family member to arrive.
Now is the time to pig proof your house. Taking the time to pig proof the home now will make it easier for you and your pet pig.
To start with, designate a small area for your pig. A bathroom or laundry room will work well. For the first 3 – 4 weeks, this will be where you and your piggy spend your time bonding. It will take most pigs 4 weeks to get accustomed to you, their new house, and the facilities.

The Mini Pig Farm has already began litter training and crate training for your pet pig. This should help in the transition, just be patient with your little porker.

Pigs are curious, fun loving animals that like to explore. They use their noses(snout) to lift, push, and dig. With this in mind, move any objects at ground level that your pig might get into. The clothes hamper for example, could make a great toy and end up in a new location daily. Or even overturned with your good clothes being used for a bed. With this in mind, also think of any chemicals that may be overturned when a low cabinet door
is snouted open.

For those of you who purchased a pig from Mini Pig Farm, your piggy will arrive with a crate so there is no need to buy one yet. The crate is your pigs safe haven and when he/she is scared or tired they will retreat to their crate. This will also be useful when you need to correct behavioral problems. Many of us have other animals in the house such as dogs and cats. Most pigs will get used to their presence but it is wise to get your pig acquainted with the 2 legged family members first. Be sure the pigs room is safe and comfortable. Keep the dogs out, as they have a chase instinct, while your pet pig has a flight instinct. This will only make the transition into your home take longer.