LETS TALK ABOUT SIZE:
Pigs grow until they are 4/5 years old. Don't be deceived by sellers who say that their babies are only going to be 10-15lbs because they show you parents that are still babies themselves. One year old piggy parents are NOT full grown!!! Don't buy a pig for a pet if you don't want to commit to a pet that is super smart. Having a pig is like having a toddler, they require lots of patients, time, training, love, attention, they get into things quickly if bored. Pigs are sensitive, they attach to their family and get sad and depressed when they lose their family. There's WAY too many people buying pigs on a whim, not doing their full research, then wanting to get rid of them when they get too big or get destructive. Juliana Pigs can range in size anywhere comparable to a french bulldog, english bulldog on up to a basset hound, even bigger. They do not stay tiny and cute for long, but for the right people, they can make great pets. I've never told anyone to starve their pig to keep it small, you shouldn't starve the pig or over feed the pig, both can be damaging. Buying a pig from me, you will get all that info. I've learned a lot over the last 14 years and have no problem spending my time talking to/giving info to anyone that wants to buy a pig from me, but also I am a busy person too and don't have time to answer countless emails from people that are too lazy to do their own homework. There are WAY too many pigs in sanctuaries all over the country, it's very sad....if you want to be 100% certain of the size of a pig you are buying, adopt an adult pig. If your stuck on size and wanting a full grown 10 pound pig, please go bother someone else, you will not get one here! You won't get one anywhere, I don't care what breeder told you that you will. I guarantee it's not happening!!! I too have bought breeding pigs from all over the country, I've seen sizes range, even super tiny pigs grow up. Even a 2 year old pig is not full grown. I'm tired of all the ads I see out there with so much misinformation, there are still some good breeders, few and far between. I know it's hard to figure out who to trust...I'll tell you straight up, I've never needed to lie to sell my pigs. My prices may be higher than a lot of others, also lower than others, buy from me, don't buy from me, I really don't care, if you don't like my prices, don't like my honesty, feel free to keep going to the next website.
I do try to have piglets available in all price ranges. I am willing to negotiate on some of the prices. I will take payment plans, but all pigs must be paid for by the time they are 8 weeks old, unless other arrangements have been approved by me. Piglets must be picked up/delivered/shipped, by the time they are 8 weeks old, unless approved by me or a boarding fee will take effect of $20/per day. All money received is non-refundable if you should change your mind. My piglets can be sold as breeders or pets. There is an extra fee for breeders/pedigrees. I can have the males neutered for $100 extra, at the buyers expense, if wanted. You can also have it done at your own vet. If you want the female spayed before getting her, there is an additional cost of $300 and there may be a wait up to a couple weeks. My vet prefers for them to be a little older/bigger so they can handle the anesthetic better. A spay is a major surgery and with that there is always risks. To be good pets, males must be neutered and females must be spayed. They will not make good pets otherwise.
I hand deliver the majority of my piglets. I have shipped, but would much rather drive them to their new owners to save them the stress of shipping. I have gone all across the country to deliver piglets. I am big on privacy so will usually meet in a town close to your home, unless you want me to bring it all the way to your house.
Juliani or Juliana (Painted Miniature) Pig - These little guys are truly diminutive, averaging about 10-17 inches and weighing 25-60 pounds. My average pig is 40 lbs at 4 years old, some do get bigger and I've had smaller, just saying the average. Juliana's are ALWAYS spotted. They can be red, white, silver, brown, or black, but will always have spots. Like the potbellied pig, they have a gentle disposition. They also love to play with toys. This is the smallest breed of pigs. They are pretty rare. Don't be deceived by sellers trying to sell "pure Juliana" pigs that are not spotted.
When bringing your new baby home, Please bring a kennel for your new baby to travel in. Expect him to poop in it, so put some newspaper and a towel or small blanket in it to keep him warm. Pigs love to snuggle and hide under the blankets, baby blankets work great. I have also copied some info from different sites on the internet to help you along with pig info...
http://www.pigs4ever.com This site has tons of info.
The very first thing you will need is your piglets very own room/area. This can be as simple as a toddler play yard, a large dog crate, a bathroom. This is where her bed and litter box will be. Weather you take a room and put a gate in the doorway or you build a corral this is where she should spend most of her time for the next 2-4 weeks. Of course you will let her out to play and cuddle but for maybe 15-25 minutes at a time, and then back to the pen for awhile to make sure they grasp the concept that this is where to potty. You have to understand that your piglet is going to be under stress for awhile. She has just left her Mom, siblings and us. They will be confused and untrusting, So a pen area is a must as this will teach her that this is a safe place and that all she doesn't need her mom around. If she makes a potty mess out of her litterbox you tell her "bad girl" and immediately take her back to her pen and leave her there for at least an hour or two. If it is solid, pick up the poop with a paper towel and place it in her box. If she has peed, wipe it up with a paper towel and put it in her box and place some pine shavings over it so she can smell it and be able to associate it with where you want her to potty. She will understand that she has done wrong, she will want out but you have to be strict and don't give in. A pig will try to control you, she will want to be the boss. You cannot let them walk all over you, it will lead to bigger problems in the long run. Be strict,be consistent, be loving. Never hit your pig!
In a few weeks you will no longer have to keep her in a pen, she can be allowed to sleep where she wants, as long as she is consistently going back to her litter box to potty.
over praise your pig when he/she does something you are pleased of...add a snack to that praise!
~if your pig is being naughty,doing something that he knows better,there may be and underlying reason,neglect,moving items,or even a missing favorite toy.
~Socialize Socialize Socialize! try to get your pig to love meeting new people and going new places,its good for the both of you.its nice to be able to walk her to the vet instead carrying a fighting pig and he/she will enjoy seeing new things.
***It is also important to harness train your piglet. It makes it much easier as an adult when taking them to the vet if they are already harness trained as a piglet. Take them for regular walks, the exercise is very good for them.
WHAT DO THEY EAT?...
Mini Pig Food that can be bought at your local Tractor Supply Store, farm store, or ordered online. Mazuri Mini Pig-Youth is a good food. They also get fresh grass and hay and fruit and vegetables . For a wonderful selection of supplements,food and supplies I recommend going to www.healthypigs.com
WHAT DO YOU FEED THEM FOR SNACKS?....
Grapes, Apples, Animal Crackers, Carrots, Cheerios, Marshmallows,and pretzels is fine but please in moderation! They love fruits and veggies, they also like to graze and root in the grass.
WHAT TOYS DO THEY LIKE?...
I suggest any dog toy where you put treats in it and they have to figure out how they come out, kongs that you fill with treats, stuffed animals, baby toys that make noise, baby piano, ect...
WHAT DO YOU USE FOR LITTER?...
Always pine shavings never cedar,you can find these at livestock/feed stores. You can also use the recycled newspaper litter....NEVER use regular cat litter, some people like to use puppy pads in the litter box or newspaper.
WHAT DO YOU USE FOR A LITTERBOX?
a great and inexpensive way is Rubbermaid storage containers you cut out the side and it works fantastic. Cement mixing tubs work great too, you will just have to cut an opening. Dog litter boxes work great too, most pet stores sell them. The pans that go under washers and dryers and hot water heaters work great too, you can buy them at any hardware store. The most important thing to remember is when pigs potty the go in turn around and squat so it needs to be wide enough to turn around in.
WHAT DO THEY LIKE TO SLEEP ON?...
they like soft blankets or dog pillows/beds whichever you prefer on your floor. Baby blankets are great.
As far as socialization he has been socialized with us, but still may be scared for a few days in his new home and with new surroundings, here is a link with info on socializing: http://www.essortment.com/hobbies/potbelliedpigs_swhf.htm
Pigs tend to have dry, flaky skin. Skin-so-soft from Avon works great. Rub it on your piggy daily. Some people give their pig 1 tablespoon of olive oil daily. Others use a commercial diet supplement (Heartland Pet products carries several specifically for pot-bellied pigs).
Pig skin and human skin are very similar, so similar that human burn victims are sometimes treated by grafting pig skin onto the burns until the human skin grows back. So any human lotion is fine for piggies. But pig skin is thicker, tougher, and drier, so lotions like Corn Huskers, Crack Cream, or Udder Cream work well. Also, the scent on some highly perfumed lotions can bother a pig's sensitive nose.
Pigskin is generally too tough for fleas to bite, except for the soft areas behind the ears and armpits. There is no need to treat for fleas unless you find a flea on the pig.
Facebook has several pig groups.
Here is a great video on youtube for hoof trimming. This was not done by me, I just copied the link from youtube:
(if the links don't open, go to youtube and put in pig hoof trim, sorry, I was having internet problems when I put them on here)
This is a great book, click the link below, it will take you to amazon so you can purchase the book.
(if the link doesn't open for the book, just go to Amazon and put in the name above, sorry having internet problems when I put the link up)