Buying a Micro Pig
A miniature pig is a pig that has been selectively bred down in size for many generations to become smaller in adulthood than other pigs. Also known as 'Micro Pigs', 'Mini Pigs', 'Miniature Pigs' and 'Little Pigs'.
Teacup pigs, do not exist.
Micro pigs come in various sizes, however usually grow to just below the knee. It is not possible to estimate the size of full-grown micro pig; we can only guide you by showing you their parents and advise on proper care and feeding. We are selectively breeding our pigs to be smaller in size for the purpose of them being pets. During the last eight years, we have reduced the size of our pigs over generations.
Here at KLP we take pride in knowing that we are the Uk’s leading specialist breeders who 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. We determined the suitability of a boar depending on their size, age and temperament. This process ensures we get the right results from our breeding programme. Our customers then have peace of mind knowing they can see the parents and grandparents of the piglets we sell. All our pigs can be traced back through the KLP family tree.
We have limited number of micro pigs for sale every year, with litters born towards the end of April. As well as piglets we sell pigs of various ages. Please check our pigs for sale page for details for availability. We are dedicated to selling our Miniature pigs to people who are caring and passionate, those that are well informed and are ready to accept the process of looking after a miniature pig.
With our 8 years of experience in the industry we offer a comprehensive pig keeping course guide for first time pig owners. This course covers the legalities and husbandry that go into owning a miniature pig.
This course is essential for people wanting to purchase a pig.
Why own a Micro Pig?
Miniature pigs make wonderful pets for families, schools and small petting farms. They have a gentle nature and enjoy lots of love and attention. Pigs have hair, not fur and therefore they are hypo-allergic making them excellent pets for those with allergies. They also require minimal vaccinations and veterinary visits which keeps cost considerably low in comparison to other pets. Miniature pigs are also cheap to keep as a pet compared to domesticated pets.
Due to their inquisitive and chatty nature we’d always advise keeping pigs in pairs, they can get lonely and additional company for them helps reduce boredom and stress. Having two pigs will ensure that if they are outside during the colder months, they will keep each other warm. Pigs are heard animals and are sociable. According to the code of recommendation, pigs should have company of their own kind.
Micro pigs are fantastic pets for people of all ages, however they are very different to domestic animals as they are still considered live stock. Therefore there are strict rules on keeping pigs within the UK.
Things to consider
- Do you have the right space to keep a pig: Pigs must be kept fenced in pens with appropriate shelter. Pigs homes are called 'pig arks'. You can buy ready-made pig arks or houses. Pigs cannot regulate their temperature and may overheat, so shade needs to be provided. The ark must be draft and damp free. We keep our micro pigs on woodchip, which you can get from tree surgeons or garden centres. This should be free of Yew Tree and other poisonous leaves and plants. Micro pigs are natural foragers and may dig or root up your garden, thick layers of woodchip help reduce damage. It is important to get good fencing as micro pigs are known to be escape artists, therefore you must have a safe penned area for the pigs to live in. It is essential to install and use correct fencing. We use a reputable builder who constructs and maintains all of our pens. Micro pigs are allowed inside your house but must have access to outside space to express their natural behaviour.
- Feeding: We feed our micro pigs Allen & Page Potbellied pig feed which is arguably the best on the market. It contains 12% protein, is non-GM and is vegetarian society approved. We buy ours through a local feed merchant and provide a delivery of feed through our set up service, charging £15 per bag. A 20kg bag will last 1 pig 4-6 weeks and 2 pigs roughly 1 month according to their size. A feed guide can be found on the back of the bags. It is illegal to feed your miniature pigs anything that has passed through ANY kitchen, scraps or commercial waste. We can supply you with a feeding guide, as it is important not to over feed your micro pigs. Pigs also love fresh fruit and veg. As an occasional treat we recommend apples, pears, bananas and carrots. Like with all pets you must always have a fresh, clean water supply for the micro pigs. In winter your hoses and pipes may freeze so always have a bucket to carry the water to the micro pigs or fit an automatic drinker to your pen.
- Husbandry: This is the way in which you look after your micro pigs is important establishing a good routine. Micro pigs must be checked on twice a day for signs of illness and damage to fencing. It is very important to keep things sanitary. Your pig’s equipment, i.e bowls, scoops, water buckets, troughs, etc, must be disinfected with a broad-spectrum disinfectant. You can get this through our suppliers who offer next day delivery. Due to pigs being zoonotic, you must use must use an anti-bacterial hand gel before and after contact with the pigs and wash your hands with warm water and soap regularly.
- Boar Castration: We can offer this service for an additional £200 per boar. This includes a visit to the farm hospital, castration procedure, medication and 48 hour after care. Castration provides behavioural benefits for the boar and makes them easier to care for. It also reduces testosterones and androsterone’s in the animal’s body which reduces the effect of ‘boar taint’. Castration also helps limit tusk growth.
The above is discussed in detail during the Comprehensive Pig Keeping course and we will work with you to ensure all of your questions and queries are answered.
The prices for our micro pigs reflect of the quality we provide, including the peace of mind, knowing your new pet has come from a responsible and fully established breeder. Each pig comes with up to date documentations, medical records and birth certificates.
Our pigs start from £200. Our Piglets born at the end of April are available from 8 weeks old. Piglets are £650 each or two for £1100, but we have offers throughout the year, so keep an eye on our pigs for sale page
- Comprehensive pig keeping course guide - £60 (current sale 20% off)
- Delivery fee – from £75
- Admin fee (collection only) £40
- Equipment (Feed, hand gels, disinfectant, hay, straw and other essential items available) prices vary
- Fencing and pig houses - Our team can discuss during your visit
Additional costs and upkeep
- Boar castration – £200 per pig (Includes 48-hour care and observation)
- Ear Tagging £10 for 10 stamped tags and £40 per pig to tag
- Feed - £15.00 per 20kg bag every 4-6 weeks (per piglet)
- Pig Oil – for the application of dry skin. Between £7-10per Litre
- Straw for bedding £8 per bail
- Hay for feeding
- Boar = entire male
- Barrow = male castrated before sexual maturity
- Stag = male castrated after sexual Maturity
- Sows = female who has had a litter
- Gilt = juvenile female
- Pigs reach sexual maturity 5-7 months- female 9 months
- Oestrus cycle = 21 days - 3 day in oestrus (heat)
- Feeding and check water
- Mucking out
- Check Fencing
- Check for poisonous plant
- Must be confirmed by a vet
- Vet will then notify DEFRA
- CPH number – Rural Payment Agency (RPA) Call 03000 200301
- Herd number - ear tags from animal health Call 03000 200301
- Stock inventory update is done annually
- Medical records every 6 months, kept for 5 years.
- Movement records
- Holding record = all records must be kept for 5 years even after death/absence of animals
- Pig walking license = Annual – email your local animal health trading standards
- Ear tagging is done at 12 months and before you apply for a walking license (we offer this service)