1. A new pet is not a decision to be taken lightly and you should consider all implications, including neighbours etc.
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2. You should go and view the piglets with their mum or ask for pictures, meeting up with breeders is a great way to have all your questions answered.
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3. Piglets should look healthy with no watery eyes, cough or runny nose.
4. They should look happy and healthy
5. Discuss the different sizes so you are aware of what you are buying.
6. Research pig behaviour, this is your responsibility to find as much information as possible, just as you would before buying any new pet.
7. All parent stock should have come from the original founder as there is no one else who has bred these small pigs in the UK.
8. If a breeder has not bought their breeding stock from the original breeder then you have no provenance and no one knows what has been bred there is a very specific breeding program we adhere to.
9. You need a sensible amount of space and a pen can be very helpful.
10. Pigs are better in pairs, however some people have kept them sucessfuly singularly, but they can become demanding on your time, so if you do not have the time to be your pigs full time companion, two piglets is definitely in the interest of the piglets.
11. We strongly encourage outdoor living. A pig does like to root so a pen may be an option to allow your piglets natural behaviour.
12. Pigs can and do make friends with other animals, but it cannot be guaranteed, common sense is needed here we can't say whether your particular pet/dog will get on with the pig or vice versa, but we have heard stories of other pets forming a great bond with the new piglet additions, our piglets get on fine with our dogs but they are Labradors and renound for their laid back
13. Ask as many questions as you feel necessary, genuine breeders have time for you and your concerns.
14. If you would like your pig castrated we suggest doing this as soon as your piglet has settled, the earlier the better.
15. Micro pigs should be fed on good quality pellet pig feed called sow and weaner nuts or equally a good pot bellied pig food, fruit and veg, do not give scraps from your kitchen it is illegal.
16. Pigs do not need walking daily like a dog, if you do decide to do a short walk with your pig if its outside of your land you would need a walking license from Defra and you should not deviate from this route if approved.
17. Micro pigs do enjoy straw and chewing as well as burying themselves in it, they should always have access to barley straw outdoors
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