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Faqs About Micro Pigs

Please have a good read of this section as we hope it addresses the most common questions we see or get asked on Micro Pigs. We’ve divided up the questions into three subsections to help you with you queries and to help you find the answer you are looking for.

If you can’t see what you’re looking for fire us an email or ring us and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have.

Just click any of the questions below to be taken to its answer

For more in depth articles on pet pig care check out our blog

General FAQ’s

What is a trusted breeder?

Micro Pigs were originally started by ‘Pigs R US’ (Rob Rose as featured on ITV series ‘The Lakes’) in Cumbria 15 years ago. Any trusted/genuine breeder should have bought their parent stock from this company. Ours do and we can prove and can verify this if required.

A good trusted breeder will also make you fully aware of what’s involved in looking after these creatures and your legal requirements as an owner/buyer and your transport responsibility. Any good trusted breeder should also provide you with quality after sales service/advice (should you need it) and be willing to help you and your little pig settle in at their new home.

A trusted breeder will also have an idea of the genetics behind this breed of pig. They should know what the breeding conditions have to be to prevent potential throwbacks in size and height. Incorrect Micro pig parents can result in the size returning back to that of a normal pig.

What is a micro pig?

A micro pig is a miniature pot bellied pig. The term Micro Pig was created a few years ago by the media and it sort of stuck with the breed. Before this they were commonly known as miniature pot bellied pigs.

DEFRA states that ‘a micro pig is an animal specially bred to be smaller in adulthood than other pig species’

Please see the PDF document ‘Advice for Owners of Pet Pigs or “Micro Pigs” for more details.

Where did Micro Pigs originally come from?

Micro Pigs were originally started by ‘Pigs R US (Rob Rose)’ in Cumbria 15 years. The original founders have been successfully breeding Pot Bellied Pigs with other breeds over the years to create smaller variations with different colour characteristics (i.e. spotted, ginger, etc.). Over their 15 years they’ve gradually managed to reduce their size of the pigs to there present and current form. Their care and knowledge of pigs is second to non and they are supported by world-class vet in this field. We try to maintain the same standards and level of care they do when taking care and looking after these animals.

What is the size of a fully grown Micro pig?

Micro pigs or ‘miniature pot bellied pigs’ on average tend to grow to approx knee height (give or take). Size wise there quite similar to Labrador maybe weighing a little bit more or less. To help put this in perspective please see the diagram below;-

teacup pig size chart

A chart illustrating micro pig size when compared with other animals

These are just approx sizes. As with anything else in nature its hard to give an exact size. The piglet you buy could be slightly bigger of smaller than these sizes so please be aware.

We strongly recommend that when purchasing any piglets you go and view the parents. This will give you a good idea of the adult size that you will eventually be dealing with.

Please also be aware that they are not fully grown until they reach 3 years of age.

For a more in depth look at micro pig height – please read this article.

What is a CPH number and how do I obtain one?

A CPH number allows DEFRA to trace the movement of livestock throughout the country. All people selling/moving livestock (pigs, cows, sheep, etc) must have a CPH number when moving animals off/onto land or premises. The main reason behind the CPH number is to help prevent the spread of diseases.

Please note that you that you do not need to have your home inspected or certified to obtain a CPH number (we get asked this all the time). There are no special requirements you need to have to obtain one. You simply need one if you wish to move a pig onto your land/home/premises.

To Obtain a CPH Number you must ring the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) Customer Service Centre on 0845 6037777 between 8:30 am and 5 pm Monday – Friday and holidays, and between 9 am and 5 pm at weekends.

For more info see the link below (you cannot obtain a CPH number on line you must ring the RPA to obtain one);-

http://rpa.defra.gov.uk/rpa/index.nsf/home

You will not be able to move any livestock or pigs onto your premises until you have obtained your CPH number. You must bring this number with you on the day of collection of your pet piglet/pig otherwise we cannot go through with the sale.

I’ve heard that the breeders of Micro Pigs only breed using the runts of a litter to increase their chances of breeding ever smaller Micro Pigs sizes, is this true?

No it certainly is not. The original founders and other trusted breeders will only allow the healthiest stock to breed and produce piglets. If the runts of every litter were intentionally bred with other runts we would have all manner of health problems and defects in the strain. There is no way that we would have the healthy pigs we see on our farm and other trusted breeders farms if this was the case. If you ever purchase a pig from us you will clearly see that our parents are healthy and lively animals and they are free from any health defects or problems.

Do you offer any after sales help and advice?

When you purchase and pick up your pet pig we will take you through the whole process. We will make sure you are aware of the legal requirements as an owner, keeper and transporter. We will help take you through all the relevant paperwork as well as providing you with a paperwork copy of the ‘DEFRA pig movement regulations and the ‘advice for micro pig owners’ booklet as well as a few other bits and pieces.

You can also ring us any time if you need any help or advice with your pet. We will always be here to help even if its years after your purchase.

Also be sure to check out blog where we have lots of useful articles on micro pig care.

Where can I purchase a micro pig?

Im sorry we no longer sell Micro Pigs, so please don’t contact us regarding sales. You could try Rob Rose. His website can be found here.

 

How old are your Micro Pigs when they are fully weaned?

8 – 12 weeks. Usually 8 but it can possibly take longer depending on the individual litter. We don’t want to take them away from their parent until they are ready.

Can I come and view your pigs?

No sorry you can’t. We don’t sell pigs anymore, and do not allow people on to our farm.

 

What are the transport/movement requirements when moving a pigs?

Please see this link to the DEFRA regulations with regards to movements of pigs;-

http://www.eaml2.org.uk/ami/about.eb

What coloured micro pigs do you have for sale?

This can vary from time to time, its best to contact us to check on what coloured pigs we have for sale. We can have any of the following colours for sale:- Black, Black with White feet, Black with a White Stripe, All Pink, Pink with Black Spots, White with Black Spots & Ginger with Black Spots.

Where can I find up to date info on what micro pigs you have for sale and their prices?

Please see our ‘for sale’ section. This has our current letter availability, colours, and price. Alternatively you can get get in touch with us.
Also we do run a free mailing list and newsletter, we email all subscribers on our list and new info, prices, pictures, etc. To join this simply go to our home page and enter a working email address in the box at the top right of the page. We will then get in touch when we have any news or announcements.
We also publish all our news and micro pigs sales information on our facebook page and twitter stream.

 

Health FAQs

This is a quick overview of health questions and answers. For more in depth articles be sure to check out our blog. Just click any of the questions below to be taken to its answer.

Do I have to Worm my Micro Pig?

You should worm your pigs every 6 months. Contact your local veterinary clinic for advice on the types and brands of medication available for this and the best way to administer them.

Can I feed my Micro Pig anything?

No you cannot. You should not feed them any of the following;-

  • Household waste, leftovers.
  • No meats (i.e. cat food, dog food, et)
  • Any other fruit and veg which has been in contact with meats or eggs
  • No alcohol
  • No chocolate
  • No toxic plants (these should be removed from their living area)

What does a Micro Pigs diet consist of?

Dry pig nuts (sow nuts) – NON FATTENING. I cannot stress enough how important it is to only feed you miniature pig NON FATTENING sow nuts.

You can give them occasional treat of various fresh fruit or veg but again this produce must NOT have come into contact with any meat or waste.

Be very careful about the amount food you give your pet as its very easy to overfeed them which can lead to obesity and subsequent health problems linked with animal obesity.

We will provide you with guidelines on the amount of feed you should give them when you pick up your pet pig.

For further advice on feeding your pig see this article.

When are they fully grown?

Usually around the 3 year period. Once they’ve reached this period in their live they don’t tend to get any taller. For more info about micro pig size and height see the link below;-

Teacup Pig & Micro Pig Size

How long can a Micro Pig live for?

Between 10 -15 years on average.

Can You offer me and help, links or advice to help with the health of my Micro Pig?

Sure can, check out our blog for in depth articles on pet piggies

What are the five freedoms for pigs?

The five freedoms for pigs are as follows;-

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst – Ready access to fresh water and a balanced ration which maintains full health and vigour.
  • Freedom from discomfort – Provision of a suitable environment and a comfortable resting area.
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease – Prevention where possible and prompt diagnosis and treatment when injuries or disease occur.
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour – Provision of sufficient and appropriate space, interest and the company of other pigs.
  • Freedom from fear and distress – Sympathetic stockmanship, constant environmental conditions and freedom from aggression by other pigs.

For a more detailed overview please see this site;-

http://www.thepigsite.com/pighealth/article/594/the-5-freedoms

Do I need to vaccinate my pet?

Yes you will. All pigs should be vaccinated yearly to prevent the possible risk of infection by parasites. Any pigs you buy from us will have already been vaccinated and should be covered for a good few months. We will provide you this information and we will also inform you of when your vaccination will be due next. You will need to contact your local vets to organize your own vaccinations when the time comes.

Well being and care FAQs

This is a quick overview of well being and care questions and answers. For more in depth articles be sure to check out our blog. Just click any of the questions below to be taken to its answer.

I’ve bought and brought home my new Micro Pig how can I help him to settle in?

Your piglet will be scared when you bring him to his new home. At first you should confine him to a small area. This will allow him to get used to his surrounding more quickly.

Don’t introduce him to your other pet straight away. Let him settle in for a few days and then gradually introduce him to your other pets. Make sure you keep an eye on him when introducing any new pets.

Make sure his food and water are near by. Also give him treats (ours love grapes), stroke and play with him.

After a few days you can open up his area and let him explore more of your house, home, garden, fields, etc.

Can Micro Pigs socialize and mix with other animals?

Yes they can. Ours have regular contact with our sheep dog, hens, ducks, sheep and cows. We also try to handle them as much as possible to make sure they’re tame and used to humans and human contact. But just be aware that a lot of this depends on the temperament of your other pets and you should take this into consideration. If you’ve got a big vicious dog or another similar animal then just don’t let them mix with your piglet. Again just use your common sense and judgment when it comes to this area. Make sure you keep an eye on him whenever you introduce any new animals.

Can I keep my Micro pig on it’s own?

Ideally pigs should be kept in pair or more, and we do offer a great discount to encourage this, however they do bond well with other animals especially dogs and cats. If you are going to keep a micro pig on its own you need to make sure it has contact with other animals, ideally a dog/cat with a good temperament. We will not sell you a micro pig if it is going to be completely left on it own and have no contact with other animals.

Are Micro Pigs Clean?

Pigs are naturally very clean animals. They always tend go to the toilet in the same place so this makes things a bit easier when try to keep things clean.

Can Micro Pigs Get Along with Dogs/Cats?

Yes they can. Dogs and cats are probably some of the best animals for a pigs to bond and have contact with. This all depends though on your dog/cats temperament though. Especially with dogs use your common scene and your knowledge of your dog temperament and its character. Personally we would highly recommend that you supervise your dog and pig when they are together and never leave them completely alone and unsupervised.

They definitely get on with chickens, just see the photo below for proof.

Can you offer me advice with regards to their housing?

Ideally you pig should be kept in good waterproof and draft proof shed with lots of barley straw inside. Pigs like to immerse themselves in barley straw to keep warm so the more you have the better. This is especially so during the colder months of the year.
The shed should also have a surrounding area which is penned off (with a gate for access). The penned area floor should be covered with forest bark wood chip as this prevents this area from getting mucky and it will also prevent the pig/piglet carrying mud, dirt and water into its bedding straw.
Please see the pictures below which help illustrate the above points and give a really good example of the ideal micro pig housing and setup.

Click any image to enlarge

If you are DIY inclinded you could build your won shed. Check out this excellent guide (click here) if you fancy building something similar to the above picture.

Please use you common scene again when it comes to the housing. Make sure that there are no sharp edges, burrs, nails or screw sticking out on the edges of your pigs living quarters. Don’t use a shed that you’ve been using to contain oil or other hazardous chemical especially if these chemicals have been spilt or are stained on the shed floor/walls.

Can I walk my Micro Pig?

Yes but not without a walking licence. This can be obtained from your local Animal Health Office. You will need to provide them with the details of your route and you will have to stick to this route.

We don’t recommend that you walk your pet as it could be detrimental to your pigs health. As long as they have access to outdoor space and you don’t overfeed them they shouldn’t need walking.

What can i do stop my Micro Pig getting bored?

I’d highly recommend getting a snak-a-ball (get the heavy duty one for horses). Also make sure you play with them as often as you can and allow your other pets (after they’ve been introduced, got acquainted with your pet pig, and you can feel they can be trusted) to play with him/her as often as you can. Allow him into your home, give him treats, fusses, and scratch his back or belly. Create him a scratching post as they love to itch themselves (I’ll be posting a design of one of these at a later date).

Can you recommend any good books about Micro Pig care?

We’ve written an excellent book about Micro pigs and teacup pigs care. You can purchase it on Amazon in paper back or Kindle, you can find the book using this link.

There are few good books out there but the best book I know of is ‘Potbellied Pig Behaviour and Training’ by Priscilla Valentine. This book is an essential read for any would be micro pig owner. It really helps with the training of pet pigs and has great solutions to the most common behavioural problems associated with pet pigs. Its really well written and easy to understand as well.

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