What a day!

What a fab day we had meeting all of the Old Amersham residents and establishments!

On 6th May 2017 locals flocked to our new farm based at Old Amersham farm to meet the new piggy residents and were plied with cakes, food and drinks to celebrate the pigs moving to the most serene and beautiful surroundings.

We had a fab day meeting families, business owners and lots of interesting people – we even helped plan the most beautiful marriage proposal!

We’d like to thank all the local businesses including Tescos & The Amersham Museum for taking the time to come down and see us – it was great to meet you all!

We are very excited to now be officially part of the community and look forward to working with many of you in the future.

We would also like to extend our thanks to the amazing Copas Family and the ladies at Mares Community farm, you have all been lovely and extremely welcoming – thank you very much.

ICE 2017 – Gluck Games

We would like to thank the amazing team at Gluck games for hiring us to attend the ICE 2017 gaming event at the Excel in London. The 3 day event was a huge and wonderful experience for us and the pigs – our squealers were a huge hit! From show girls to warriors, our piggies saw it all walking around this huge exhibition!

We need to say a huge congratulations to Gluck as they won the ICEVOX game to watch competition 2017 – well done guys, you deserve it!

Peppa and Polka created a huge squeal around the arena, everyone rushing to see the little piggies walking around in their leads and harnesses – safe to say our piggies can really pull in a crowd!

Once again we want to say a huge thank you to Gluck for hiring us and introducing us to the world of virtual gaming! You were a dream to work with.

Everyone please take the time to take a look at their website www.gluckgames.com – if you need a game designed and engineered these are your people!

Pig agility & training

We’re very excited to be launching our new service called ‘Pignic & Agility’ this week and think the pigs will love the new surroundings and attention!

 

Pigs are extremely clever animals and love to have their brains trained – much like dogs. Our agility set is only small, as we are using some younger pigs, but provides a stimulating activity that makes them use their brain and once completed they will be treated with some yummy food or treats. Our set includes a tunnel, cones and some small jumps – pigs can actually jump quite high but our jumps are very small as we don’t want to startle them.

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A great idea for training a pig at home is to hide food in their pen, by burying it or just hiding it around in spots – making them use their noses and brain.

Another idea if you are creative is to make a holder for a bottle and fill it with their favourite treat – in order for them to get the treat they would have to flip the bottle upside down.

Feed your piggies well!

We would firstly like to say a huge thank you to all of the staff at Allen & Page – Especially to Tim – for all of their support and advice given over the years. We have worked closely with Allen and page for over 4 years and cannot highly recommend their feed enough. Our micro pigs have always been on their potbellied pig feed range – specifically designed for potbellies, micro’s and kune kunes. While our pigs have been fed this we have noticed our pigs are healthy, lean and well fed. This feed has been specially produced to ensure that pet pigs have the correct amount of protein and fibre.

  • High Quality Pot Bellied Pig Feed
  • Also Suitable for Kune Kunes, Micro Pigs & Pet Pigs
  • Specially Formulated to Avoid Obesity
  • High Fibre, Low Calorie
  • With Added Herbs
  • Broad Spectrum Vitamins & Minerals
  • 12% Protein Content

 

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Allen & page care about the welfare of animals and try to instil this in their feeds by only using non GM ingredients and drug free ingredients. They have even been recognised by royalty, having been appointed by the Prince of Wales in 2009! They use omega oils in their feed, giving animals a great coat and soft skin.

They not only do different kinds of pig feed, but their smallholder range also includes chicken feed, sheep & goat feed, cattle and feed specifically designed for ex battery hens. The company works alongside DEFRA to give the best quality produce as they can and scientifically look into their feeds to ensure that it is best for the animals.

We have tried and tested other feeds throughout the years and have found that our pigs have gained lots of weight too quickly or that their still hungry even after the recommended amount. With Allen & Page it is totally different, our pigs are satisfied after their meals and find it very tasty!

Enjoy work with Chiswick Business park!

We were hired for a fantastic event with Enjoy work! for the staff and residents of Chiswick business park on Friday the 8th of May.

The event was for the hard workers of the company based at the business park to come down and enjoy and chill out on their lunch break. There an array of activities that included gardening, other petting stations and most importantly, us!!

Our piggies loved having hundreds of people fuss over them and even stopped for a quick cuddle with people. They were on the cards to do agility, but with pigs, sometimes you have to go with the flow – they took it upon themselves to refuse any part in agility and opted for the food option instead – we can’t blame them!

It was a great afternoon spent talking to many pig lovers and telling people how fantastic piggies are!

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Why buy a micro pig?

Micro pigs are highly intelligent creatures that can provide love, care and affection just like dogs, the only exception is they have hair instead of fur! These animals are perfect for those suffering from allergies but have always wanted a pet of their own – and they are much more interested than fish!

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Micro pigs can be walked, although this is not a necessity as pigs do not need a lot of exercise as they are sty animals.

Micro pigs are also extremely cheap to feed. A bag of pot bellied pig feed is £15 and for two pigs it should last around 1 month. Plus you can also feed your pigs yummy fruit and vegetables – just be sure it’s not out of kitchen.

Micro pigs are also very clever, so you can teach them amazing things, such as sit, stay, lay down and even get them to wait by the back door if they need to toilet! Some people also toilet train their pigs, so that when they are in the home, they use a litter tray, this usually takes around a week. IMG_8582 (640x427)

Micro pigs can bring a lot of joy and satisfaction into your lives, as they are truly wonderful pets to keep! They do not require 24/7 attention, as they live outdoors, you can feed them in then morning, muck out and head off to work. In the evenings it is nice to spend time with them and even bring them into the home, as they do love attention!

We always have little cuties for sale to have as a new addition to the home.

For any advice or more information please feel free to contact us on 07904617650

The team at Kew little pigs. x

Winter tips for pig owners

Snow and ice is finally on it’s way and it is important to be prepared for the winter months ahead.

It’s a good idea to keep your pigs health in top condition during winter as it prevents them from getting ill in the colder monthsPoster2 (480x640). We have recently changed our worming medicine, it is important to do this regularly as your pigs body can become immune.

Now may be a good time to prepare their pen for the cold nights ahead. Ensure that their beds are damp free and clean, you may even want to virkon them just to make sure, and then ensure they have lots of straw to snuggle up in. You can also give them a little more feed if you like to help them put on a little weight and keep warm in the cold.

We don’t recommend getting heat lamps, as you know pigs can’t sweat, but if you feel your pig may be feeling the cold outside, you can always give it some blankets, or bring it in the house with supervision.

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It may also be a good idea to get stocked up on hay, straw and feed, especially if you live in rural areas, as it may be difficult to get out in icy conditions.

Please also remember in winter months that your hose may freeze! It’s always a good idea to keep buckets of water by your pig pen to top them up with fresh water.

Kew little pigs update!

It’s been a while since we have last posted on here, and we have had a lot going on!

To start off with, we have a new farm! Our 3 acre farm is based in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire and we share the land with donkeys, sheep and much, much more. Our piggies are already having a fantastic time as they have lots of space to forage and be piggy, Gizmo has taken to bathing in his water and laying under the oak trees to keep cool in this scorching weather, while Patrick and Kew have taken to sleeping outside under the trees at night. We will be holding an open day to introduce ourselves into the community and to show off our new litter of piglets on the 16th of August from 10am until 2pm – please contact us via our contact page for more details. We would like to thank the amazing Jamie for looking after our pigs and being fantastic when helping us!

Our other brilliant news is that 33Scarlett, Boe and Delilah have all given birth to beautiful piglets! Boe gave birth to 3 little cuties, one black and white and two black. Delilah had two little black piglets and Scarlett had a beautiful litter of 8 black and pink piglets. All mothers and piglets are doing well and are extremely cute! We are looking for forever homes for our new additions, so all that are interested in having a micro pig as a pet, please contact us.

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What can pigs eat?

There’s been a huge debate about what micro pigs can and cannot eat. Some think they should be allowed scraps as they are domesticated animals, while others feel that micro pigs are still livestock, and by law we have to stick to the rules.

We have to abide by the law, which means no scraps or waste must be given to micro pigs!

Pot-Bellied-Pig-20kg (2)Even micro pigs have a strict diet. For example at our garden farms we feed our pigs Allen & Page pot bellied pig feed. This is not only low in protein, which keeps their weight and size down, but is also highly nutritious. The feed comes in pellet form, and gets distributed through the herd. The benefits for this feed a huge and we have tested other feeds over the years, but nothing beats Allen & Page as it is low in protein and high in fibre, keeping our pigs at a healthy weight and ensuring they keep their micro pig size too.

Pigs can have other things to eat, such as hay. Hay is great if you are out all day, as micro pigs love to route around and dig – especially for food. Hay keeps their hunger down and is also nutritious. We get ours in bales from a local supplier at £5, which can last us around 2 weeks. Pig can also have fruit and vegetables, also there are rules for feeding them. Pigs can have this as long as it hasn’t even passed through a kitchen and is stored outside away from rodents and damp.

We have noticed over the years that our pigs tend to dislike certain foods such as peppers, oranges and onions, these flavours are simply too strong fro them. They prefer simpler flavours such as apples, bananas and carrots. If you choose to feed your pigs fruits high in sugar, like bananas and apples, be careful not to overfeed them as this can make them gain weight.

 

The team at Kew little pigs