I raise Vietnamese Pot Belly Pigs which are considered to be the only true pot bellies, Mini Juliana Pigs that are also a small type like the Pot Belly and Pot Belly Juliana Mix piglets.Depending on the size of their parents,, these piglets will grow to around 40 TO 60 pounds if fed properly. Click herefor
an interesting link that defines different types of small pigs
including Vietnamese Pot Belly - Juliana and other small variety pigs.
Many people like to be sure of what they are getting and if it is to remain relatively small.
I DO NOT RAISE
TEA CUP PIGS
The so-called Teacup or Micro Mini pig's,
are just normal potbellied pig's that have been REPEATEDLY underfed and
malnourished throughout the breeding process in an attempt to keep them
small. This started in Great Britain. Their life span is maybe FIVE
YEARS as opposed to the true pot belly pig that can live 15 or more
years. This is because the pig stays tiny, but the organs continue to
grow normal size for a normal size pig. Organs strangulate.
Teacups, Micro-Mini's, European Bluebutts, these are all fancy names
made up by breeders. Do your research to be sure what you will end up
I have TRUE VIETNAMESE POT BELLY PIGS and JULIANA MINI PIGS and POT BELLY / JULIANA MIX PIGS. The real thing. Do your research and know you can get a real, true to name healthy Piglet when you are ready.
Some piglets after bringing them home act finicky and will not eat. Put about a cup of food in a bowl. Cover it with milk and microwave it for about 35 seconds. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so until it becomes a mash. Pour more milk in. Leave it with the piglet in a small living space. Within a few hours it will eat. With each meal after that take more of the milk away until just the feed pellets are left.
Make sure your piglet has a blanket or old sweatshirt to crawl into to keep warm. If your piglet begins to shiver, put a 75 watt light with a reflector dome in a corner section of it's box. A desk lamp will work or a grow light. It will go under the light or near the edge if it needs to be warmer. I hang one on a broom stick over the box. Most piglets after 2 weeks old generate and hold their own body heat. Some need a light or heat blanket though until a month of age. Your piglet is about 6 weeks old.
I use the least expensive cat litter and change it every 2 days. Leave a couple of tirds in the clean litter for a week or so until the piglet goes there regularly. Keep an eye on your piglet just like a new puppy. You will know when it squats that something is about to happen. Grab it and place the piglet in the litter box. Give it praise after the deal is done.This sometimes takes 2 days to a week. Place little box within 2-3 feet of where the piglet sleeps. You can slowly move it farther away and toward the back door or to it's permanent spot. If toward the back door you can eventually take it away and just let the pig go outside. By that time it will let you know when. At 5 - 6 months your piglet should be able to hold it for 8 hours or so.
Good Luck With Your New Addition
Farmer George Pot Belly Piglet Feeding And Care
1. Pot Belly Piglets are very easy to litter box train. Construct or but a the litter box 3 - 4 inches high so your piglet can easily get in and out. Make sure it is large enough for the piglet to turn around in plus about 3 inches to spare. Place some of the piglets droppings inside the box. It may need a few hours for your piglet to use it. Show it where to go but be patient. It may have an accident or two. You can see when the piglet starts to squat. That't the perfect time to place it in the box. Give it praise after the job is done. Keep it within 3 feet of it's sleeping quarters and empty it every 2 days. You want to leave a scent in it at first. After it gets use to the box in a few days, you can move it farther away to eventually be where you want it. To train it to go outside, slowly move the litter box toward the outside door each day for about a week. Then take away the box. Your pig will let you know when it must go outside.
2. Feed your pig mini pig feed found at Tractor Supply, Agway, Petsmart and many other pet supply stores. Follow portions to age and weight. Full grown pot belly pigs require no more than 2 cups mini pig feed per day. Vegetables are good for them and make good treats when training. Do not feed it table scraps or meat of any kind. If you do this the pig will become overbearing in it's demand for food and too fat for it's own good or yours. Some piglets after bringing them home act finicky
and will not eat. Put about a cup of food in a bowl. Cover it with milk
and microwave it for about 35 seconds. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so
until it becomes a mash. Pour more milk in. Leave it with the piglet in a
small living space. Within a few hours it will eat. With each meal
after that take more of the milk away until just the feed pellets are
3. Potbelly pigs are very, very smart and should constantly be taught names of people, rooms of the house and the do and don't rules of the house when they are young. They are capable of easily learning 60 or more commands in their first year with you. You can teach an old pig new tricks but it may take longer. They, like humans often become stubborn and set in their ways. They can become very loving and dependent not just on the food and water you supply but also the love and discipline they need as all of us do.
4. You can easily train your pig to walk on a leash. A halter or harness works best. After a few weeks a leash may no longer be needed.
5. You should worm your pot belly pig every 4 to 5 months. I give all of the pregnant moms swine wormer that carries onto the piglets through the mom and her milk. You can get swine wormer at the same places you get the feed. Adgard or Wazine works good.Worm treatments will also last a lot longer if it is an indoor pet. Worming will prevent many complications that may arise with infestation just as with dogs. There are effective treatments you can get at many pet stores or your local vet ranging from injectable to edible forms that work well. I use Adgard Swine Wormer for my larger pigs that live outside. It is very affective and they don not seem to build a resistance.
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW ADDITION
I usually let
piglets go at four or more weeks of age when I can see they are eating well. They do not generate their own body heat until about two weeks old. A heat pad or warmed up bag of beans should be used for piglets younger than two weeks. I use a 75 watt flood light 2 feet above their bedding. They go to it if heat is needed. In the corner of their pen will do just fine to keep their young body warm while they sleep until they can generate their own body heat.
Sometimes the mother has difficulties and I have to take the babies just after birth. I keep them warm and bottle feed the very young ones colostrum 4-6 times a day. Their bellies are small and do not fit much in the beginning. My success rate is almost 100% on this but I do not recommend it unless absolutely necessary.
UNLESS YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING, MOST PIGLETS DO NOT SURVIVE AWAY FROM THEIR MOTHERS AT A VERY YOUNG AGE.
Although I usually have piglets available year round, there are times when we are out for a few weeks at a time. I use to have a waiting list but it did not work out well. The best thing to do is watch my website for available piglets.
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JACK AND DAISY MY MINI DONKEYS ARE FOR
SALE. YOU SEE HER IN A PICTURE WITH ELROY HER LITTLE BOY LAST
SEPTEMBER. DAISY IS PREGNANT AGAIN AND NEEDS JACK BY HER SIDE. I AM
SELLING THEM BOTH FOR ONLY ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED
CONTACT ME AT 609-234-3264