Pot Bellied Pet Pig Problems

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In comments on the Home page someone asked:
hi my name is Roxanne I have a 6 month old pot bellshe is not fix I’m trying to find her a for ever home do u take them or do u know of any one who would love to have her thank u I need help.

Sorry, no I wouldn’t take her. There are rescue organizations – I would suggest googling for one near you or contacting your local animal shelter which may know of one. The problem is people buy Pot Bellied Pigs thinking they will stay small but they get big, to about 200 to 300 lbs. Yes, that is small compared to the 800 to 1,775 lbs that our farm pigs get to be but that is still too big for most people in domestic situations.

Then the people realize that pigs are not really such good pets for the size, eating, manuring and behavioral issues and want to get rid of them. This creates a market for Pot Bellied Piglets and a problem with juvenile and adult Pot Bellied Pigs. Some of the rescue places charge a fee to take the pigs since they’re going to have ongoing costs.

The other option you might consider is eating the pig. Pot Bellied Pigs were originally developed as a breed in Asia as kitchen pigs that would eat the food scraps from a family and then be slaughtered to provide meat for the family’s table. I have read they tend to be a bit fatty but fine eating. Many small homesteaders raise Pot Bellied Pigs for meat. The biggest problem being that they are slower growing than typical farm pigs so it costs more to feed them to finish size.

If you don’t want to slaughter the pig yourself you might give it to someone who is interested in slaughtering it for meat by advertising it on your local Craig’s List or newspaper classifieds.

Also see these articles about pet pigs.

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5 Responses to Pot Bellied Pet Pig Problems

  1. Hello Walter, long time no comment but couldn’t sleep so checking in on you guys. Pot belly pig collecting is sadly so much like folks who think milk cows are pets and don’t understand they are LIVESTOCK. We often get calls or emails from folks who had no idea their cow would get mastitis, get pneumonia, get worms and they think we’re happy to buy them. Oh how I wish folks would understand that farming is work, and not just a hobby like knitting.

  2. Servius says:

    Do you think Pot Belly Pigs would be an easier breed to raise for meat for the average family?

    • No, I would not recommend them. It is easier to raise the faster growing farm breeds and just not take them to such a large size. My farm breeds can get to over 1,000 lbs. But we usually slaughter them at 250 to 300 lbs – That’s the same size as full size Pot Bellied pigs. The difference is the farm pigs have far better carcass yields, more meat and grow far faster finish to that size in about six to eight months depending on feed, climate and sex. But, some people do raise the Pot Bellied Pigs for meat and like doing that. The good news it is still a relatively free world. :)

      • Mouse says:

        The pot bellied pigs were traditionally eaten at around 6 weeks of age, and only the reproducing adults were grown to full size.

        The food conversion efficiency seems strange, but they were kept to eat the trash, so size/ease of handling may have been more important than everything else.

        The day I start with pigs I want to start with smaller ones (vietnamees have a high fertility), and cross with modern breeds, then select from this.

        Walter, do you sell semen?

        • I don’t sell semen individually but you can purchase a semen making machine from me. It is shaped like a boar pig and when you’re done using it you can eat the container. :)

          Regarding crossing with farm pigs, you might want to get in contact with Carl Blake out in Iowa(?) as he has done work with genetics similar to what you’re thinking of tinkering with.

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