Raising a baby pig can be very difficult, even for those with lots of experience. You are not able to provide and give the pig what the mother can; therefore, you have to create a new lifestyle that is just as safe and comfortable.
The most important thing to remember about baby pigs is that they need to be kept very warm. Baby pigs are not able to produce their own heat. They need to be kept at about 90 degrees by using either a heating pad or heat lamp. If you keep the pig in a playpen or pet carrier, you can drape the sides with blankets to keep out any drafts. Also give the baby soft blankets or stuffed toys to cuddle up with.
The best milk to give a baby pig is goat's milk. Another choice could be sow milk. The milk can be warmed just like you would for a human baby. The pig will not eat much at one time so you will have to feed it very often when young. When he is one week old, he will stop feeding during the night. It is important to try to keep him on a schedule and feed him at the same times each day. Make sure that you are using clean utensils and dishes when feeding the baby pig.
It is important to get the baby pig's home ready before he or she arrives. These are some easy steps that will help you get started.
- What you need to have first is a shelter for your pig. It has to be big enough for him to move around in when he starts to get a little bigger. Divide the area into sections; one with a food troth, one for bedding and the third to go to the bathroom.
- To raise a good size pig, it will take about 700 pounds of food. Make sure you are prepared with a lot. You can also start out with pig grower pellets until he reaches about 150 pounds.
- Make sure you feed the baby pig properly; instructions are usually on the outside of the feed bag. You can give your pig fruits and vegetables, but do not ever give him meat. Always make sure the pig has lots of water at all times.
- Always make sure to keep the pig's pen clean. This will be important for his growth and overall health.