Supply list to get ready for piggy to come home
SETTING UP BABIES PLAYPEN: Purchase 2 black "all purpose" pans, from Lowes. they are about $6 in the cement section. Purchase a "pack N play". Walmart has them with wheels for $44. You will place the two pans side by side, and put litter in one pan, and bed in the other. You will put a heavy ceramic water bowl on the litter side, just in case it is splashed out. The LITTER is purchased from Tractor Supply Store, or TSC. it is labeled for horses. IF you do not have one of these stores near you, you can purchase a product similar from Petsmart, called Feline Pine. It is a lot more expensive though. DO NOT use regular cat litter or CEDAR. both very toxic to your piglet.
FOOD: ONLY use this product, which is formulated for MINI PIGS. You can not use a Hog food from the feed store. it is formulated for growing out hogs at a fast rate for butchering. Some even have artificial hormones for rapid growth. I purchase this at Tractor supply store, if you do not have one near you, you can click the picture of the bag and it will take you directly to the company site where you can order and have it delivered to your house. Purchase some cheap measuring cups to use for measuring babies food. In most cases, they are eating 1/4 cup twice a day, unless I tell you otherwise. PLEASE READ the feeding page of this website for important info on overfeeding, and snacks that are appropriate. CLICK HERE FOR FEEDING PAGE HARNESS: WWW.PIGGEAR.COM Please visit this link for custom ordering your babies harness. They are made by pig owners and will be much better than a dog harness, because pigs tend to be shaped very funny.
SHAMPOO: I find both of these products at Walmart in the Ethnic Hair section. They are super moisturizing and smell fresh and clean. The first is Palmers Coconut oil Shampoo. The secont is Ampro Vitamin E oil.
I shampoo, then rinse, then put a few cap fulls of the vitamin E oil in the clean sink water and dip over them with a cup. do not rinse this.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT YOU FOLLOW BATHING GUIDELINES FOR YOUR NEW PIGLET, IF NOT, IT CAN BE A VERY SCARY EXPERIENCE FOR THEM IF NOT HELD RIGHT WITH SUPPORT..
THESE 3 ITEMS ARE FOR DEWORMING PURPOSES: And I get them from Tractor supply (except the needles--those come from vet or pharmacy). IF you do not have a tractor supply, any feed store will carry these items. IF you choose not to do your own deworming, the vet will have all of these. PLEASE VISIT MY VACCINE--DEWORMINGING page for dosages and how frequently you will do these treatments...NOTE: the first ivermectin dose will be 12-14 days after you get piglet, so please inform yourself.
Pigs don't pay much attention to your "typical" dog/cat toys. Due to their high level of intelligence, they are much more intrigued with interactive toys. A bored pig is not a happy pig. You can do something as simple as putting some golf balls in a flat-under the bed-Tupperware container, and putting it in their room for them to root the balls around to find a few pellets of food. As your pig grows to adulthood, you will have to find something larger, so they can not put the golf-ball in their mouth. AND my favorite interactive toys are found through a dog supply site, and a potbelly pig site. LINKS below.