Piglet Care Instructions
new piglet will be very scared! So be understanding.
Keep your piglet feeling secure, wrap in
a towel and nurse him, talking softly and patting him. He needs to get used to your touch and the sound of your voice.
You will need a baby animal formula
if your piglet is less than 3 weeks old. Or you could get by with powered calf milk or full cream milk mixed with an egg.
In the event of your piglet getting diarrhoea, plain yogurt is needed to balance out the bacteria. A tablespoon mixed in the
milk will be sufficient. (Be sure not to let him dihydrate)
At first your piglet won’t take to
the bottle, it will squeal and wiggle trying to get away. You will need to wrap your piglet in a towel and hold him under
your arm, with the other hand pry open his mouth (watch for sharp teeth!) Insert the teat, and clasp fingers around snout
so the teat is in mouth. The piglet will be squealing so be sure not to squirt the milk into the airway! Once piglet has stopped
squealing, he will hold the teat in his mouth; slightly apply pressure to the bottle to allow milk to drip slowly into the
piglet’s mouth so it gets a taste. (This will probably have to be done a few times till it gets hungry and accepts the
bottle) Be persistent!! You will definitely know when he’s taken the bottle, a very obvious sucking look on his face.
The piglet will drink quickly and for short bursts, He will stop drinking when he is full, and may fall asleep with the teat
in his mouth! This needs to be done at least 5 times a day. You will know when he’s hungry when you hear a high pitched
If your piglet is less than 3 weeks old
he will need to be kept warm! A young piglet can’t hold his own body temperature, use of a hot water bottle or heat
pad is necessary to aid with sleeping. Don’t let your piglet catch a chill as death will soon be apparent.
Your piglet will start to nibble on hard
food at 5 weeks, nosing the ground and wanting to eat fruit, vegetables and bread. You may like to feed a rabbit grain mix,
this would be fine for a growing piglet. Keep in mind that the more protein you feed the bigger the piglet will grow. Weetbix
& milk is a winner!!
You should worm your piglet at 6 weeks
and every 3 months there-after with ‘Piperzine’- Chicken & Pig wormer. Get this from your local feed store.
You may want to get a temporary nose
ring for your piglet to prevent digging; this can be done at 5 weeks. And a permanent nose ring at 5 months.