What is a micro pig?
A micro pig is a pig that has been selectively bred down in size for many generations to become smaller in adulthood than other pigs. We are in control of our breeding, ensuring that our boars do not run freely with our gilts/ sows. This allows us to choose a boar for mating, depending on their size, age, temperament and personality. This ensures we get the right results from our breeding programme and that our customers can see the parents of piglets we sell.
Micro pigs come in various sizes. Micro pigs are sometimes referred to as ‘teacup’ or miniature pigs. Contrary to popular beliefs there are no 10-12 inch fully grown teacup pigs in the UK (although the piglets are very tiny when standing next to teacups). It is not possible to estimate the size of full-grown micro pig; we can only guide you by showing you their parents and even grandparents. You must take into consideration what you feed your pig and how often it is fed, as this can increase a pigs size and weight. Your pig must also get enough exercise.
Caring for a micro pig
Micro pigs are friendly and clean animals that never spoil their living area and only do their toilet activities far away from where they sleep. We feed our micro pigs good quality pig nuts, we feed our micro pigs Allen & Page – pot bellied pig feed. It’s the best on the market. We also feed our pigs fresh fruit and vegetables as a yummy treat!
It is illegal to feed your micro pigs anything that has passed through your kitchen, scraps of any kind or commercial waste. We can supply you with a feeding guide, as it is important not to over feed your micro pigs as this can result in an overweight and unhappy micro pig, which can cause them health problems in the future.
An important thing about micro pigs, and all other pigs, in accordance with DEFRA’s code of recommendations is that pigs should have company of their own kind as this provides them not only with company, but also warmth in the winter and stops them from becoming unhappy and destructive to their living area.