Spend Your Day Off on a Pig FarmWritten by Lillian Tram on February 17th, 2016
Have you ever been on a pig farm? When you think about a farm, what animals come to mind that you would see and enjoy? You probably see chickens, pigs, and of course cows. Okay, you may not see the pigs, but you could surely smell them. The reason you don’t see any pigs when visiting a farm is because the pig pens are usually built away from the rest of the farm so the not so pleasant smell won’t bother anyone. A pig has a very distinct odor and if you ever get close to a pig pen you will understand why!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to raise a pig as a pet?
It has been said that pigs are very clean animals when kept as a pet and out of the mud. The television shows ‘Green Acres’ and the movie ‘Charlotte’s Web’ are what most people envision when they consider what it might be like to raise a pig as a pet. Arnold, the pig from Green Acres, was smarter than most of the people of the town! He didn’t make any mess and wasn’t stinky. With Charlotte’s Web, who could not fall in love with the cuteness of that innocent and lonely little piglet named Wilbur. Even in a farm setting, Wilbur, the runt of the litter, was clean and sweet. He may not have been intended to be a pet, but thanks to Charlotte that is just what Wilbur became.
Have you ever wondered why pigs wallow in muddy and mucky water?
Pigs do not have enough sweat glands and they do not have much hair, so the mud and water help with three important problems that may occur. The water helps cool the pigs because without sweat glands they are unable to cool themselves and the soothing mud acts as a natural sun block for the skin since the hair is so sparingly, it also protects them from biting or annoying insects. When mud is not available, you may see pigs rooting up the soil. That is because the deeper the soil, the cooler it feels. Having a little kiddie pool in your yard filled with fresh water would be a wonderful treat for your little pink bundle of joy and it may keep your yard from being rooted as well.
Raising a pig as a pet can be hard work especially if the pig is not house trained. Really young pigs have to be on a diet that will keep them from getting runny stools. That kind of mess would not be pretty nor smell very good, let alone make a pig feel all that great. Once a diet is established, then you may be well on your way to a great experience with your pet.A good diet is one of the first steps to keeping the foul odor away at potty times. Always check with your vet about a diet that is right for your pig.
Did you know that you can train your pig to walk with a leash and learn what the word no means?
Pigs are very intellegent and can retain everything they learn. They can learn to open gates or doors with the help of the mechanics to do so at thier abilitly to reach them. Pigs are like a child, they can be very sneaky and will get into things for entertainment. You should be prepared to spend a lot of time interacting with your little piggy to keep him happy and healthy. They love to socialize and you may even want to get a second pig to help with the constant attention that they require. Keep in mind that pigs breed easily so you may want to get the same sex companion or if the opposite sex is what you choose you may want to have one of them spayed or neutered.
Have you ever seen a pig’s foot up close?
Did you know that a pig has four toes on each foot and the two back toes on each foot do not touch the ground when they walk? The back toes are used for balance and the toes are actually hooves just like a horse and they have to have them filed and clipped occasionally or it can cause ankle problems for them.
Enjoying Pigs On the Farm
If you ever get to enjoy a day on the farm, this is a great opportunity to find out several things you never knew about pigs. If you decide to take a piglet to keep as a pet, make sure you understand the responsibility that comes with this, and have the time to properly train, feed and care for your new little animal. If you are leasing your home or have a roommate, you’ll also want to ensure that a pet pig will be greeted with a warm welcome.