PREPARING YOUR HOME
First things first... Check with your local council to ensure it is acceptable to own a pet pig in your area or neighbourhood.
As pigs require room to graze and roam, it would be cruel to confine a pig to a small back yard. We believe a minimum of one acre is required for a pig to roam free. Confining your pig to an area that is too small for its wellbeing could lead to your pet becoming very unhappy and potentially very naughty, which could lead to you becoming a very unhappy human.
It is ideal for your pig to have some sort of housing that provides shelter from extreme weather. For example, this could be a large dog kennel or small shed.
Pigs like to snuggle and burrow into straw, so allow plenty of bedding for them. If your pig decides the straw is also nice to eat, other alternatives to use are wood shavings or rice hulls. Most produce shops and large hardware stores stock these products.
Pigs like to lie down leaning against a wall or fence, so the structure needs to have enough strength to support their weight. Alternatively you could provide them with a dog bed to sleep on, or they may snuggle up alongside your dog. If your pig is an ‘inside’ pig, he or she will even snuggle up with you, given the opportunity!
FEEDING YOUR PET
Our pigs are vegetarian. It is important to remember pigs are grazing animals so access to grass is a must. It is also fine to give them a mix of veggies and fruit to add variety to their diet. If you decide to feed them grain at any time, be mindful of the desired protein level of 12–15%, and only feed them cracked grain such as cracked barley, wheat or corn.
IT IS ILLEGAL TO FEED MEAT OR MEAT PRODUCTS TO PIGS. Do not feed your pig onions, chocolate, alcohol, or cat or dog food.
Some weeds also adversely affect pigs, and it is a good idea to check with your local Department of Primary Industries or call Australian Pork Ltd on (02) 6285 2200 for a guide to the weeds growing in your area, and if they’re detrimental to pigs. Following weeds are some (but not all) that are toxic to pigs: pigweed, bracken fern, fiddleneck, cabbage, turnips, broccoli, mustard, rape, lambsquarters, irises, golden chain, laburnum, wild tobacco tree, pokeweed, mandrake, wild cherry, black cherry, bitter cherry, choke cherry, pin cherry, rhubarb and cocklebur.
SIZE AND LIFESPAN
As an approximate guide, miniature pigs will grow to around the size of a Labrador dog, but with a more solid build. Our pigs grow to between 50–60cm in height at the shoulder, depending on sex and how much they are fed, and weigh an average of 50–65kg.
A healthy pig will live 15 plus years. This is something to consider when buying a piglet.
"Tinky has a first class breeding program for the mini pigs and takes pride in her animals and loves them all dearly. This shows through in the care and raising of each and every piglet.
We are a proud owner of one of her piglets and the attention, love and socializing she gives them with dogs, lambs, geese, horses, etc makes them all well balanced and able to adapt to their new home life easily. We love our little "Pickles", he is so affection and just wants to be with you.
I cannot recommend Petite Piggies highly enough if you are considering adopting one of her mini piglets. She also has a wealth of information and can answer any questions you may have.
Thank you Tinky for your compassion for all animals!!"
- Doreen (Nanago, Qld)
Pigs need clean drinking water and the ability to have what is known as a wallow hole (somewhere to roll in water or mud). This is imperative for a pig especially in hot weather.
Pigs love to tip over water containers, so be mindful of what you provide for them as a drinker. It needs to be heavy or securely fastened. Products like water nipples or half-moon dishes with an automatic hose feeder are good but they will try to rub on the dishes with the potential of breaking them. Also, if water drips from the bowl they will try to make a hole in the ground right underneath it. Pigs are not known for their swimming ability so ensure their drinkers aren’t too large or deep. Local produce stores can advise you on the best solution for a water container.
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