What do I need...
The first things you will need is lots of love to give and patience! Remember, talk to them alot! They will get to where they reconize your voice and actually squeal for you!
It is also a good idea to have these few things on hand as well:
Heat Source (lamps are recommended for pigs under 5wks. Pads are sufficent for babies older than 5wks.)
Soft blankets, as pigs like to burrow inside of them.
A quiet cozy place your pig can call their own (crate, play pen, etc)
Sturdy Bowls (crock dishes work well)
A doggy bed (to fit your pigs size)
Treats (cherrios or any baby "puff" treat is good)
What to expect...
When bringing a piggy home, you have to be very patient. For the first few days, they are very jumpy and scared. Even if they have been constantly handled they are used to those people and not yet used to you. With lots of patience, love & treats, after about 3 days, normally, sometimes up to 10 depending on the age of your baby, they will follow you everywhere!
Look Forward to...
After the inital shock of being moved wears off, you can look forward to your new addition following you around everywhere, cuddling with you on the couch, squealing because they hear you or are happy to see you and being the best companion you could ever ask for!
Bringing home your new addition...
When bringing your new addition home, especially if it is a baby, its alot like bringing a new baby home from the hospital! They are alot more like a new baby, than a new puppy or kitty.
They require being kept warm and fed often. Depending on the age of the baby you get, alot of attention is a must! They are not high maintenance at all, but whoever gets them, becomes "Mommy" in their eyes and they want to be with them most of the time for the first few months.
All babies do require a "transition period" and this is where they will need time to adjust to their new surrounding & enviorment. They will be scared the first few days & should not be set down in an unenclosed area. Upon purchase, you will receive tips & information on how to make this process quick & easy for both, you & your baby!
Like everything, as they get older, they become less dependent on you and more dependent on themselves. So if you work alot of hours or are away alot, you may want to consider an older baby. One that is about 3mo or so.
Pigs always do better in pairs and im not meaning buy two pigs! If you get one that is young, it will take to almost anything and they seem to do better if they have a buddy, when your not around. It can be a dog or cat, we have even seen some pair up with pet rabbits and pet skunks! Of course, if gettting two is an option for you, they will always pair up with their own kind!
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Boy or Girl...
People ask us daily, should we get a boy or a girl, which one makes a better pet, which one stays smaller, what about spaying & neutering, what happens when a female comes in heat, etc. Well here is the run down!
GENDER PREFERENCE & BEST PET
The gender is totally a personal preference! There is no documentation ANYWHERE that says one makes a better pet then the other! However we tend to sell more altered males for therapy animals than females, altered or unaltered. As a rule, an altered male tends to be a little more affectionate than the females. But, that is not always the case! We have sold many females that are just as affectionate, altered or not! It mostly depends on how they are raised and how much time you spend with them, as that is very important in their demeanor!
WHICH IS SMALLER
The males are almost always smaller! About the only exception is a "runt" female. However, the males tend to have alot more muscle mass and the females tend to be chunkier. So basically, when broken down between muscle & chunkiness, they are about the same, just proportioned differently.
SPAYING & NEUTERING
If you plan on having a male pig as a house pet, or using him for work, neutering is simply a MUST and the earlier the neuter is completed, the better for everyone involved! A neuter on a pig, can be done as early as 7 days! A male pig that is not neutered will always become very stinky, & mount everything in sight once he comes of age. They also tend to become aggressive. If you have him neutered early, not only is the procedure much easier for him, it is also less costly, and it removes all the hormones before they ever start working. By going about it this way, he doesnt know what he is! He just knows he loves family and that is his main concern!
As for having a female spayed, that is up in the air for owners & vets alike! Most of the time, it will not effect their disposition at all. Aprox. 1 out of 500 female pigs will act different if they are not spayed. If you can find a vet that will preform the procedure, most of them will not preform it until they are between 6 & 8mo old or a min of 10-15lbs. By the time a "true small breed" pig reaches either of those, her hormones are already in full force and chances are, she will carry the same demeanor fixed or not! If you happen to have a female, that becomes aggressive when she starts cycling, your best bet, is to contact the breeder to exchange her. At this point, more times than not, spaying one that has already became agressive, will be a waste of your money. If she is only grumpy or even aggressive, but just during her cycle, then spaying her will usually fix her! However, if you can find a vet that will preform the procedure before she ever starts cycling, then you are able to eliminate all the hormones that could cause her to be different, just like with the boys! In pigs, the spaying of one is a much more in depth procedure than neutering one. It takes much longer to preform, much longer for the pig to heal, & is usually much more costly!
When A Female Pig Comes in Heat
Once a female micro pig, teacup pig, mini pig, or any other small breed pig reaches between 6 & 10 mo old, she will start cycling every 21 days. Her cycle is NOTHING like a dog or even a cat! It is NOT messy and she will NOT bleed everywhere or need to wear diapers! In fact, unless you know what to look for, you will never even know that she is cycling! Her vagina will become swolen and she will seem somewhat lethargic. This will last 3-5 days, and she will resume back to normal!