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Dawn and Jim Blackburn

Moscow Mills, MO 63362


Les Petites Pigs
Be Prepared!
Piglets SCREAM very loudly! Running fast and screaming is there only defense against an enemy. And even thought we are not an enemy, we have to earn their trust. Be ready, your piglet is going to get upset and scream. Pigs also have to learn to be picked up and held. They are prey animals and if they were picked up off the ground in the wild it was because something was going to eat them. We spend hours everyday holding the piglets, but this will need to continue at your house. Piglets and Adult Pigs run very fast and are very strong. Even at a very young age it is amazing how fast they are We have horses and we use the same methods with the pigs, make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard. So if you are holding your piglet and it screams, DO NOT PUT IT DOWN, hold it firmly but gently until it calms down, then when it is not screaming set it down. This teaches your piglet that screaming is not going to get it what it wants. This will apply with harness training, if it fusses, you still put the harness on. I love to use beach towels to hold the piglets, they are soft and snuggly and make the piglets feel secure when you are holding them. I think having them wrapped in something helps them to feel more secure, less like they are up off the ground. I will bundle a piglet up and carry it around with me, I usually have one on my lap when I am working at my desk.
Feed Mini-Pig Feed Youth from Land O' Lakes: Feed per instruction on bag and your Veterinarian. Purchase at local feed store, Tractor Supply or on-line. Fresh fruits and vegetables as a treat. Grapes make good training treats. I use Cheerio's as training treat. Fresh Water
Pigs drink a lot of water, we like to use a water bottle mounted to their kennel. Pigs like to move things around and the water dish is a favorite thing to move. With multiple piglets at one time the water dish becomes a swimming pool and a big mess. Vaccinations
Your piglet will come vaccinated with a written vaccination protocol to give to your Veterinarian. Yearly booster will be required. Worm
Twice a year with Ivermectin Injection or Paste. You can purchase from your Veterinarian and discuss dosage. This is the best preventative medicine you can do for the care of your pig. Ivermectin takes care of worms, mange and lice. Keep them up to date and you will never see any of these conditions. Your piglet will be wormed before you take it home. Toilet Training
Puppy Pads: Petshoppe Training Pads-Walgreens $9.99/50 pads. These are what I use and are the best price in town. In the house we use a Tupperware tub, cut down on one side, or a plastic tray, line it with the pads. They also go potty when we take them outside. We are not doing anything special, they would just prefer to go outside. Our adults use a dog door and go potty outside every time. Depending on the age of your piglet it will be puppy pad trained and maybe outside potty trained when you take it home. Kennel Training
When we are not paying attention to the piglets they are in a kennel. At this age they are very curious and want to lick and taste everything, so kenneling them is for their safety. This also helps to prepare them for your home. Having a safe place that is their own is very important and because there will be times when you need to put them in a kennel, we work with each piglet and have them spend time away from litter mates a in kennel of their own. I use beach towels and old sheets for bedding, pigs love to snuggle under the bedding. Toys
Lots of toys and things to do. They are very curious, and like a dog, left with nothing to do they will find something to do. Pigs don't generally chew things up like a new puppy, but they root, and can pull a sting on a rug or a carpet that you didn't even know was there. I like to put a small amount of food in a Treat Dispenser, your local pet store will carry a large variety. This will keep a pig busy for a while. A tupperware tub full of river rocks with a small amount of food in the bottom will also keep them busy, this is often called a rooting box. Harness Training
We have started your piglet on harness training, but they will still have a way to go when you get them. Piglets do not like to be constrained, so wearing a harness has to be learned. This is one of the best things you can do for you and your pig, they love to go outside, but you need to be able to keep them safe at the same time. Get a good harness and make sure it fits. Beware, if your piglet starts to walk backwards with it's head down it can slide out of even the best harness. Get behind your piglet and get them walking forward again right away. Patience-The first few days home
This is one of the most important things we can tell you. Your piglet is going to be scared, and you have to gain it's trust. This is where you will see that your new piglet is not like a dog or a cat. They might not warm up to you right away. Make sure they are safe and know where their water and litter box is and then let them come to you. Pigs are herd animals and do not want to be alone. They have to realize that you are now their herd. Do not chase your piglet, set on the floor with them, maybe with a grape (or Cheerio) or two and let them understand you are now family. Other Pets
Your piglet will have been exposed to dogs, cats, ducks and chickens. They love the dogs and cats and think the chickens are fun to chase. Our Miniature Austrian Shepard has become a second mama. You know your other pets and if they will except a piglet, always use caution when introducing them. Caring For Your New Pet Pig - PLEASE READ THIS PAGE!