WOLF'S  DEN
FULLY OPERATIONAL FARM, PETTING ZOO, PONY RIDES, & RIDING LESSONS

THE PIG PAGE
Due to popular demand, thousands of emails, and countless questions we have decided to dedicate a page to the piggies!


ABOUT US
We are located in south east Michigan. At Wolf's Den we have been raising pigs for over 50 years and mini pigs for over 25 years. Our family has been in the animal industry for more then five generations, that we know of. Therefore this is not just a part of our business, this is truly a part of our lives. I grew up engulfed in this way of life. Taught, with the help of the animals and my parents / siblings, to be straight forward, honest, caring, considerate of others, and respect for all living creatures.

We have some of the SMALLEST and CORRECT mini pigs in the USA. WE DO NOT HAVE OR RAISE Vietnamese POTBELLY PIGS. Our pigs are pure breed pigs that can be traced back to the first imported miniature pigs. We will cross bred, but will fully disclose who and can give you full linage for both parents.

     All of our breeding stock are registered, pedigreed, vet checked and genetically tested. Our piglets are raised in our petting zoo from day one. We are double licensed, permitted, certified, and insured. We have between 4 and 8 facility inspections each year.
   
    We raise three breeds of mini pigs.....some of the rarest in the world.....to date I am one of four quality, honest, and animal welfare oriented breeder in the USA to have true miniature pigs.

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WHAT IS A MINIATURE PIG?

Well, to answer that we need to go back to a little history.

Pigs in general, have and will remain to be a food source. Therefore the bigger we can breed or make them, the more they eat, the faster we can get them to grow, and the more docile and easy to handle the better for the market. This means they cost less to raise to market size and prices stay low for the general public.

In the 1980's small pigs were imported to the USA. These were miniatures compared to the USA's average market pig which weighs between 500 to 1000lbs and stands between 30 and 44" tall. The miniature pigs only weighed between 165 to 240lbs and stood between 18 and 22" tall.

Many people enjoyed these little pigs, including the research labs. They were a large driving force for breeders to produce a smaller, more manageable pig for research. While people who loved full size pigs wanted a smaller pig to have as a pet.

We strive to create a healthy, yet small pet that can bring a smile to any ones face. We work with the genetics and pride ourselves in each generation that we help along the way. However, no one can force genetics or be right about them 100% of the time. We can not guarantee the exact size or color of our piglets at adulthood, just as I can not guarantee the exact size of your child at adulthood. We can give you references of past piglets and a pretty good estimate on the size range. We can base this off our years of experience, past litters and piglets, previous pairings of pigs, and knowing the individual genetics of our breeding stock.

There is no fool proof way to exact perfection. Just because your mom was 5' 2" tall and your dad was 6'6" tall, how tall will their kids be? Well good luck on that, I can tell you there were 4 kids by these parents. But the possibility of a throw back should be considered. We can make a really good guess knowing the back ground of each parent and the genetics of their parents and grandparents. But if you end up with a child that is taller then both parents, but the same size as his great, great, great grand father, that does not mean his kids will  be taller, and think about the mom, what new genetics will she throw in the pot? Throw backs are not bad, in fact they can be very helpful when breeding and outlining the genetic lines of each animal. Many desired traits can skip a generation or two, but knowing which ones and when can help in future breedings and knowing what to stay away from. This is where experience is priceless.
       
    
 

MINIATURE JULIANAS
- Occasionally they are mentioned as being mini juliani or mini painted pigs. This breed should always be spotted, BOTH parents must be spotted and have documented lineage, six excepted color patterns, pure breeds are very, very, very rare.

- They are one of the oldest breeds of pigs. The breed has been endangered many times. This breed is known for its mushroom hunting skills and have been breed and trained as research and rescue pigs. They were imported from Europe for the pet industry. We imported some of the very first Julianas into the USA. Please beware of cross bred animals, many times people who can not find or afford a breeding pair will cross bred with potbellies to try and get smaller more colorful pigs. ALL piglets in a litter as well as parents should be spotted....spotted all over the entire body! 

- One of the best attributes to this breed is their temperament and personality. They have a dog like personality, very laid back and calm, easy going and gets along great with other animals and people, very social.

- Ours mature to about 12 to 26lbs. They generally stand a meer 8 to 10 inches tall and they range from about 11 to 14 inches long, minus the tail.

- Our Julianas have a very refined body structure. They are very sleek and slender. They have a straight back with a defined waist. Their nose is a medium length with a head that compliments their neck and blends nicely into their body. They are proportional all the way around.

- Colors include, silver with black spots, and rust with black spots are two common color patterns. More rare is white with black spots. A very hard color pattern to find and produce is red with black spots. The hardest by far to find and produce are the black with white spots and tri spotted colors. They can have brown, blue, green, or purple eyes.

- Prices are determined on a pig by pig basis. Each animal is different and possesses different qualities. Factors such as breed, sex, color, color pattern, size, temperament, personality, disposition, conformation, pedigree, and generation play a large roll. In general mini julianas are between $850 and $2500 for pets.

     
      


MICRO MINIATURE PIGS 
- These are not potbellies, they are a breed onto themselves and have been for decades. They were created by the medical research companies not to market as pets, but to create a smaller swine model for their research. They have been a vital part of learning and benifital to gun shot and burn victims, diabetics, heart disease and transplants, dietary advances, and genetics.  Many people who can not find or afford these pigs will cross them with potbellies to try and get a smaller pig, please be careful. Pure bred pigs are rare and hard to find.

- They possess a cat like personality, get along great with other animals and are awesome pets, somewhat vocal, mild mannered, yet can be opinionated, and easy to train.

- Ours mature to about 18 to 30lbs. They generally stand between 9 and 12 inches tall and they range from about 12 to 16 inches long.

- Our Micro Mini pigs are medium boned with a slightly swayed top line. They have a squared off nose of medium length. Their legs are shorter and they are more compact all the way around.

- Variety of colors available, our colors include, but are not limited to solid black, solid white, bluebacks, silver and white, solid silver, black and white, black and white pinto, chocolate, roan, solid red, red and white, red and white pinto, and rust. They can have brown, blue, green, or purple eyes.

- Prices are determined on a pig by pig basis. Each animal is different and possesses different qualities. Factors such as breed, sex, color, color pattern, size, temperament, personality, disposition, conformation, pedigree, and generation play a large roll. Generally micro minis are between $750 and $2000 for pets.

      
   
    

MINIATURE MULEFOOTS 

- Relatively speaking this breed is fairly new. A few
dedicated breeders have been breeding this animals to a mini size and better temperament. Only a handful of people have ever seen, let alone have these pigs. They are extremely rare. The full size mulefoot hog is endanger of becoming extinct, it is a haritiage breed in the USA. We are still introducing new lines and colors to mold a well rounded pet pig.

- They come with pig like personality, more vocal, more opinionated, solid little power houses, very unique, and very hardy. 

- Ours mature to about 20 to 35lbs with solid hooves. They stand between 12 and 14 inches tall and they range from about 14 to 18 inches long.

- Our Mini Mulefoots are slightly taller and longer with a well rounded mid section and longer neck. Their noses tend to be longer with a larger ear. They have solid hooves, like a donkey or mule, not cloven like a normal pig. We are working very hard to create a more compact, but well rounded proportional pig in a smaller package.

- They come in a few excepted colors and patterns so far. Solid black, black with golden highlights, black and white, chocolate, roan, solid white, bleuback, black and white pinto. They can have brown, blue, green, or purple eyes.

- Prices are determined on a pig by pig basis. Each animal is different and possesses different qualities. Factors such as breed, sex, color, color pattern, size, temperament, personality, disposition, conformation, pedigree, and generation play a large roll. Generally mini mulefoots are between $500 and $1500 for pets.

 


OUR PIGLETS

    Our little piggies are brought into this world wanted and already loved. They are imprinted at birth and immediately looked after. They are born in our warm, dry, prepared home. By the time you receive your pig or piglet they have already mastered or are in the process of learning a few things. If you receive your piglet at 8 weeks or older they are potty trained, to either a litter box, outside potting, stall corner, or all of the above. Piglets are either harness training or trained. All piglets are well mannered for bathes, up to date on hoof care, vaccinations, deworming, vet checked, and fixed or come with a fix deposit. They will also be accustom to kids and travel as they will have been a part of our petting zoo. 

    All of our piglets are raised inside our home with their mothers. We have a huge room with their stalls or "rooms". As they get to be about a week old they start the rotation....two groups go outside for the day, two groups have access to part of the house, and two groups have access to the pig room and the other half of the house. They all go back to their stalls or litter boxes to potty and at night everyone is tucked into their stalls.

    When purchased you will also get a mini pig care guide, health records, a contract, family pictures, a vet list, and any on going support you might need.

We keep very good records of our genetics so that we can match the best possible pig parents together. This process has gone on for more then 12 generations in most cases. We document genetics, size, color, temperament, personality, conformation, and weight.

     We work very hard to create these extraordinary animals, we have the desire to assure that that they are going into the best situation with qualified owners. We do not believe any of the animals I have helped create deserves to be knowingly sold, either directly or to an agent, for purposes of pet shop, individual resale, wholesaling, retailing, mass production, rescues, sanctuaries, or for consumption. For that reason all of my animals that are sold, adopted, or placed in new homes are accompanied with an agreement that includes the stipulation : If for any reason you no longer want, or are unable to care for, or need to sell the animal(s), Wolf's Den is to be notified  and offered the animal first. 


PRICING    
    Our prices reflect our dedication to the pig, the breed, and what we are trying to achieve with the breed. We are trying to help nature create a well rounded, well behaved, inside pet, or outdoor pet, with few if any health problems, and a lovable charisma that people can enjoy. We keep the number of litters small so that we have time to devote to each individual piglet. The prices are determined by a few factors: breed, sex, color, color pattern, size, temperament, personality, disposition, conformation, pedigree, and generation. 

    We do not, and will not price piglets before they are born. Also, we will not, under any circumstances promise a specific piglet from a pair, a specific color, gender, size, or eye color. I am not making designer purses, we are not mass producing products, these are animals with their own genetic make up. I, as a breeder, can have educated guesses about what I "should" and "can" produce from past experience and prior pairings of pigs.

    We try very hard to be on the high end of the market for these little wonders and produce the very best we can while staying on the low end of the pricing so that more people can enjoy the balls of happiness. Our prices are generally between $500 and $2500 for pets. Pedigrees, registration, and breeding rights are always available for an additional fee. That fee is determined by the individual animal and its ability to pass on desired traits. Pedigrees came with breeding rights and range from $2000 to $4000. Registration is separate and is anywhere from $2000 to $4000. 

    It is very important that you do your own research and have your own opinions, ideas, and education about miniature pigs. Many people, including some breeders, will try to take advantage of you. Ask questions and be open to new ideas
and animal evolutions, but have a basic understanding of what you want and need in a pet or breeding animal. People who are asking thousands of dollars for a pet, so called mini pig are most likely trying to do the same thing that people asking fifty dollars for a so called mini pig.....scam you.....please be careful. You get what you pay for.......

     We except cash, money orders, paypal (add 4%), and personal checks. Any form of payment that is returned for non sufficient funds or not excepted by our bank is subject to a $100 fee. Buyer is to be held liable for any legal costs which may arise under the terms of our contract(s). This includes, but is not limited to, any court costs and or any attorney fees associated with the seller enforcing the terms of our contract(s) or defending the terms of our contract(s).



OUR GAURENTEE

We feel confident in offering our guarantee that we will not misrepresent ourselves or our pigs. We assure you that we will tell you the truth, good, bad, or ugly. If you ask us our opinion, we will give it to you. We shoot straight from the hip and our handshake still means something. We want the best homes and lives for our precious piggies, therefore we do not want to jeopardize that possibility in any way. We also reserve the right to determine when and to whom our piggies go to. Therefore we will reject requests for our piggies if the situation does not appear to be a good match for our pigs. Our hope is that we will only place our pigs once in their life time.


 

 OUR BREEDING PROGRAM
    Here at Wolf's Den we believe in natural breeding. Therefore we select our breeding groups and let nature take its course. With that said we can only give you estimates on litter due dates. We do vet check and pregnancy test our sows once we believe them to be bred. They also receive special care and feed while they are pregnant. 

    We plan on litters in mid to late spring, mid summer, and mid fall if needed. We breed according to interest, demand, health, and the age of our breeding stock. Therefore if the demand is high enough to place all piglets expected in a litter, we will breed out of season. 
We primarily breed to have enough piglets throughout the year for our petting zoo and to fill our waiting list orders.

    We only breed our pigs after they have cleared a full vet check, blood work, genetic testing, fecal check, have completed a full spectrum of vaccines, and are over 2 years old. Please be weary of people who breed very young pigs and claim they are full grown or just very small. Health problems and genetic problems are major concerns with breeding pigs that are too young or too small.

    We only breed our sows once a year and many times will let them have a year off. Be very weary of people forcing their pigs to breed and have litters two, three, or four times a year!

    All of our piggies, whether personal pets or breeding stock, are kept happy and healthy. We believe that well rounded animals with good strong genetics produce some of the best offspring. Pictures and possibly even visits with past offspring may be available. We often keep a piglet out of two litters each year to monitor that our goals are being meet. We vaccinate our breeding stock throughly and insist on yearly vet checks. 

We believe in education and continuing education. We go to lectures, attend meetings, and are highly involved with the health, mental well being, sanitation, breeding, weaning, and training of our mini pigs. Both the agricultural managements and veterinary protocol and management standards combined to produce our outline for our gold standard. Our education and care of our entire program is updated at every opportunity and every year. We are at the head of the class with current and future break throughs with medical and husbandry ideals.

    Our pigs are breeding pigs and are kept on the heaver side to help produce good, healthy, strong babies, with easier births. It is hard work and takes a lot out of them. Our piglets will be smaller then the parents, especially if spayed or neutered before 4 months of age. We have pictures and pigs on site to show you of our past piglets currently.

We have goals for our pigs and for our breeding program. We want to encourage nature to help us mold a well rounded, physically, and mentally, small pig. This is not easy, but we are committed to the health first, the conformation second, the size third, and the color fourth. We pride ourselves in the management and care that we provide our pigs and the ethical practices we don't just follow, we live by.

We take the time to let our pigs mature, we take time to choose the breeding pairs very carefully, we take time to allow natural breeding, we take the time to allow happy healthy piglets to wean when they are ready to, and we take the time to let our sows fully recover from her last liter before she is even thought of for another litter the following year. We have no interest on risking any of our piggies by trying to speed up this process. It has taken years for us to perfect and we have no interest in putting a wrench in a well oiled, wonderfully functioning machine.


STUD SERVICE
    We also offer stud service from our boars to a select few each year. We carry some of the best lines in miniature pigs in the USA and are very happy to promote our wonderful genetics. Without opening up with other breeders and outside animals our genetic pool would become hazardous to the health and well being of the animals we are trying to help. We have a very lengthy stud contract and it takes about thirty days to be cleared and gather all the information. Our stud fee is determined by the boar and his quality, breeding history, pedigree, conformation, size, temperament and over all disposition. We try very hard to pass good genetics along with great attitudes, and huge personalities.


BREEDING STOCK
As we are concerned with promoting the breeds we raise and the pigs themselves, not cornering the mini pig market. We also encourage introducing new lines to both our and other breeding programs to help the breed stay genetically sound. Therefore we have no problem selling future breeding stock or current breeding stock. Pedigrees, registration, and breeding rights are always available for an additional fee. That fee is determined by the individual animal and its ability to pass on desired traits. Pedigrees came with breeding rights and range from $2000 to $4000. Registration is separate and is anywhere from $2000 to $4000.


MINI JULIANAS

WD's DB Brewno - boar, silver and rust with black spots

WD's NE Tango - boar, red with black spots

WD's OS Magic - boar, white with black spots and one blue eyes

WD's NE Mr. DF - steel gray with black spots

WD's NE Mr. Jinkins - boar, tri color

WD's TM Poblo - boar, white with black spots and one blue eye

WD's OS Truffle - sow, brown/red w/ blk spots, white blaze (tri color)

WD's OE Matilda - sow, white with black spots

WD's NE Rainbow - tri colored with black spots

WD's DB Treasure - sow, silver with black spots

WD's OE Wilameana - sow, bright silver with black spots

WD's DB Constance - sow, tri colored with black spots

WD's OE Chara-Kal - sow, black with white spots

WD's NE Flame - sow, red with black spots

WD's NE Gypsy - sow, white with black spots

WD's NE Razzle - gilt, red with black spots

WD's NS Serenity - gilt, tri color with black spots

WD's WJ Whimsical - gilt, dark silver and rust with black spots

WD's CB Pippa - silver with black spots

WD's CB Raffle - silver with black spots

WD's TM Mini Bell - bright silver with black spots and one blue eye


MICRO MINIS

WD's NE Acat - boar, white with blue eyes

WD's NE Dexter - boar, black and white with blue eyes

WD's BO Apearso - boar, red rust and white

WD's OS Star - sow, black and white pinto

WD's ST Starlite - sow, blueback with light blue eyes

WD's ST Daffy - sow, black with white legs

WD's ST Alfie - sow, black and white pinto

WD's NE Dixie - sow, black

WD's NS Dutchess - gilt, black and white

WD's NS Gidget - gilt, silver and white

WD's ST Pollywally - gilt, white with two blue eyes



MINI MULEFOOTS

WD's OS Muler II - boar, blue roan

WD's OS Image - sow, black with a white face

WD's OS Bold - sow, solid black

WD's OE Madlin - sow, solid black

WD's BM Popsicle - sow, rust

WD's BM Oreo - sow, half black and half white

WD's MM Prism - sow, black



CROSS BREEDS

WD's OE Pokadot - sow, 1/4 mulefoot and 3/4 juliana, black with white spots

WD's Ns Ivy - sow, 1/4 micro mini and 3/4 juliana, white with tan patches and black spots


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Mini julianas at 2mo attending a petting zoo 08, wire is 1x1/2
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Mini julainas at 5mo in 06, molding is 3
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Brewno, mini juliana, at 2yrs in a 12x18
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Mini juliana Daliah and her 03 litter.
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Daliah's litter in 2003, mini julianas.
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Part of Matilda's litter in late 2008.
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Dottie's litter of mini julianas in 2006.
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A few of Dottie's litter in 2005.
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Dottie, a mini juliana sow at 5yr old.
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A white and black spotted mini juliana. He is now in Las Vagas.
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Lilly and Daffy at a petting zoo in late 2008.
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A cute mini juliana's butt from a 2002 litter.
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Red w/ black spotted mini juliana butts at 12 weeks old.
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Brewno, a mini juliana boar at 1 1/2 yrs old in 06.
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Popcorn at a petting zoo....she is under the goat....
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Popcorn at 4yrs old at a petting zoo with a mini cow, Dorsey.
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Popcorn at 7yrs old at a petting zoo trying to sleep.
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Boarous smiling from his small dog house.
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A litter of curious mini julianas.
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Maybe's litter in 2007, mini julianas.





OUR RESCUE
Over the years we have had the unfortunate happen. A pig that we breed and placed looses its home. The reasons have a wide forum, from moving to a new location were pigs are not welcome, to a family members health issues and struggles with disease leave the pig left out, the family loosing their jobs, to death in the human family.

What ever the reason maybe, we have always reserved the right of first refusal and the option to take our piggies back if this ever occurs. We have also taken pigs in on occasion that we did not create, but that need our help. We have the facility to allow stricked quarantine and enough space to allow a good quality of life. The space available depends on the time of year and our breeding schedules. Each situation is different and requires careful thought.

On occasion we will have pigs available for adoption. First and foremost we try our best to keep pigs in their homes, but here is a close second!






EDUCATE YOURSELF
 Do yourself a favor and educate yourself before you decide a pig is the right pet for you.
Do not expect everything people tell you, or you read on the interenet. You need to know what you are looking for, what type or breed would fit your life best and know enough to not get scammed. There are many people out there who just want your money and will tell you anything to get it.

You need to know that ANY animal that crosses state lines is REQUIRED to have a valid health certificate. You need to know that most piglets look alike when they are under 8 weeks old, simalr to puppies and kittens. You should be aware that people, frequently uneducated breeders, will make up breed names and interchange potbelly, micro, and micro mini. Or people will say that anything with spots is a Juliana. None of which is true.

You should know the differences in breeds, colors, and sizes before hand. It is important that you do not impulse buy. These are living creatures that deserve thought and preparation.

The term "teacup" pig or "pocket" pig does not refer to the size of the pig at all. They are names that people have made up and given to pigs when they are a day old. Which means at a day or two old they will fit into a tea or coffee cup. Think about that for a moment, what else fits into a cup when they are a day old? Our Great Pyrenees puppies frequently fit into my hand when they are born, do they stay "small" or "tiny" when full grown?



 



PIG PET / COMPANION
 Pigs are awesome, but then again maybe sharing my life with a few dozen of them has be slightly basis.....


ADVANTAGES
Very social and affectionate with people
Highly entertaining and interactive

Fit in to most lifestyles and families

Incredibly clean and odor free
Nice life span 14 to 20 years
If from a good breeder, great health
No shedding or nails scratching
Easy to teach behaviors and tricks to
Retaly wear outfits and or harnesses
No constant barking or howling
Not as destructive as a puppy or parrot
One of the cleanest animals on earth
Get along great with other animals and kids
Minimal routine vet care needed
Low care costs and Hypoallegic


DISADVANTAGES
Zoning is a concern
Spoiled piggies are master manipulators
They can be loud if scared
Require a family commitment
Some vets will not see or treat mini pigs




SPAY AND NEUTER
   Here at Wolf's Den we have high standards. One of our goals is to create a well rounded animal for responsible pet owners to love and enjoy. Another goal is to not add to the population of unwanted animals. For that reason all of our pigs that are placed in pet homes will come already fixed, be accompanied by a fix contract, or be fixed by us before leaving. 
     
If they are accompanied by a fix contract you will receive a fix refund once you take them to a vet of your choice and have them fixed. We require proof of the spay or neuter before refunding the deposit. If this is not done your fix deposit will not be refunded and or you will be billed for a breeding animal. Make sure your vet fixes the pig using proper mini pig techniques. We are not responsible for your vets' actions.

As of 1-1-10 any and all pigs going to a pet home must be spayed and neutered before they leave our care and custody, unless other specific arrangements have been made.


    If fixed by us, we will take them to our vet, have them fixed, keep and care for them while they recover, and you may then come pick them up. We are able to get a "group" rate or a "repeat" customer discount if you will, from our vet. If we fix them for you, a spay ranges from $150 to $250 and a neuter ranges from $75 to $150. Size, age, gender and weight determine the price differences. Most vets charge anywhere from $350 to $650 for a mini pig fix surgery once everything is said and done.

We can also have their tusks clipped at the same time as the surgery for a fee of $25. You may also want your pet to have a permanent form of identification or it may be needed for shipping. This can also be done at the same time as the surgery. Either a microchip can be placed under the skin above the shoulder blades for $65 or a tattoo can be placed in the left ear for $25. With the microchip you will receive a membership packet to fill out and must register your pet with the organization to become protected.  

All pigs that will travel out of the state of Michigan, whether shipped or picked up, must be spayed or neutered by us, have a permanent form of ID and health papers before going to there new home. The only exception to this rule is if you are purchasing a breeding animal and that animal is approved for breeding by us and our vet, though still must have ID and health papers.

A few facts and differences between the sexes.
    If you are looking for a pet, an animal that will bond with you and love attention, then your piggie must be fixed. Pigs also stay smaller if fixed. Intact boars chomp their teeth and create a frothy foam that has a fowl odor. Boars will "mark" their territory with this foam and with a pungent liquid produced by their "boy parts". Boar's tusks grow very thick and long. Boars do not bond well with people unless they are looking to hump someone. Boars are also prone to testicular cancer. Neutered barrows do none of this. They are calmer and bond very well with people.

    Intact gilts and sows are almost worse. Left intact they start their heat cycle at about twelve weeks old. They cycle every 21 days and the heat last 5 to 7 days. They go through a very strong hormonal change and yes suffer from and lash out because of it. It is very similar to PMS. During this time they will jump on anything and anyone in an effort to breed. Keep this in mind if you have small animals or children. Intact gilts and sows will also whine for hours and call to try and find a boar. The incidence of life threatening uterine tumors and infections are very high in intact females. They are also prone to mammary cancer. Another problem is that during their heat, which lasts 5 to 7 days, they "forget" or don't care about their potty training. Having a spayed gilt greatly decreases and eliminates most of these problems.




BEHAVIOR
Pigs are the third smartest animal on earth. They rank right up their with a human child, dolphins and chimpanzees.

Pigs have and continue to be a prey animal by nature. Their only defense is to be aware of their surroundings and to be prepared to fight or flight. This is ingrained into their DNA and hardwired into their minds. Pigs have poor eye sight. They rely on touch and vocalizing to keep in contact with their herd mates. Their sense of smell is amazing. However they have blind spots, directly above them they can not see.

Think before you act and about the whole situation. How would another pig react? How and what should you do? Even though they do not speak human, they believe with every ounce of their being, that you understand their every word and gesture.






FEEDING MY PIG
    Never, ever withhold food or water from your pig. Mini pigs should be healthy, NOT skinny and NOT fat. A nice sleek piggie with a body condition score of 4 to 5 is the goal. Miniature pigs should eat miniature pig food, timothy hay, and healthy snacks. Pigs have been designed thru the years and by evolution to be eating machines and can live on very little nutrients. They have very "slow" stretch receptors in their stomachs and will think they are still hungry, even when they don't n"need" more. I feel the same way about cheese cake, so I can relate!

You can give them one children complete vitamin a day, though should not be needed if you are feeding a proper diet. Healthy and good treats include, but are not limited to 

timothy hay, fresh grass (free of pesticides)   
apples, raisins, pears, bananas, grapes
bread, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cheese, plan scrambled egg,
romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower....

ALL PIGS ARE OMNIVORES!!!!!!!!
They should never be feed a strick vetatarine, carnivore, or herbivore diet!

DO NOT feed your mini juliana, micro mini, or mini mulefoot "potbelly pig" food or any type of "hog" food!!! It would be like you feeding your child chimpanzee food. All pigs are similar, but not the same. The feeds are made for those specific animals and specific reasons.

Never allow your piggie to eat salt, salty foods, caffeine, chocolate, or dog food. Their bodies can not digest or process these foods. 


This is not a "diet" that your pig must stay on in order to stay a certain size or height, it is a quality lifestyle and recomdations. Please do not kill your pig with "kindness". We take miniature pig care and health very seriously.

Miniature pigs should be eating a pelleted feed containing 10 to 20% protein, 2 to 6% fat, and 3 to 16% fiber depending on their life stage. This pelleted feed should make up 20% of their total diet. The remaining 80% should be grass, hay, fruits, and vegtiables either as treats throughout the day or at meal time.

Some people say pigs should not be feed any type of filler, soy or corn. Why? Where did they get their information from? These are not bad, you eat fillers every day and most likely at every meal. It all depends on the type of filler, how the corn and soy are processed!

I will say this though....Organic....do not buy into this marketing tool. And that is all it is, a marketing tool to get you to buy it. It only has to be 65% "organic" to legally be allowed to use it on the label, no one cares what the other 35% is. Wake up, 99% of all our foods are organic!

The amount you feed your pig will depend on your individual pig's activity level and metabolism.

TREATS
Remember, they do not have the ability, nor do they care about the size of the treat, only the frequency. Once it hits their lips they are thinking about how to get the next treat. Therefore a single cheerio will get you just as far as a whole apple in a pigs eye! Also keep in mind they should be feed a small meal in the morning, then what ever they have for treats thru out the day should be deducted from their dinner bowl.

Pigs should always have full access to water at all times.
  
DUE TO OVERWHELMING REQUEST
We are providing mini pig food to our customers. Over the last 20 plus years we have formulated an awesome mix of essential nutrients, minerals, proteins, and carbs to supply our personal pigs with everything they need to live a happy and healthy long life. These mixes are especially designed for mini pigs with the help of our mill, the state nutritional department and our vet. Check them out under the "Other Things We Offer" section below the question and answers. 

More tips and tricks about feeding is included in our "Help Packet" which is listed below in our section Other Things We Offer.




HOUSING MY PIG
   INDOOR PIGS
Pigs need a place of their own. A quiet room, closet, or crate. Somewhere that they can go to sleep and have alone time. You will also need to teach your pig where he or she may play and with what they are allowed to play with. Hide treats in their blanket, give them a box of their own toys, and hay occasionally.

All pigs need some outdoor time. Both for exercise and for the sun. A minimum of two hours a day outside is suggested, although of course more is better. Just keep in mind your climate. Vitamin D is absorbed through the skin from natural sunlight. 

    OUTDOOR PIGS
Mini pigs do OK living outside. They do need special care and attention as these are not animals ment for harsh weather changes. No matter where your live piggies must have a suitable shelter, access to clean water, and a suitable sized and safe enclosure. Pigs are social creatures. If your pig is going to live outside they do better in small groups. Both for warmth and social interaction. Remember these are highly intelligent creatures you are caring
for.

Hot weather, they will need a kitty pool, a fan, shade, a place for a mud pit, bug spray (must be livestock / animal safe), and sun screen.

Cold weather, they need an insulated house, no drafts, heat lamp, blankets, and or straw, and liquid water at all times. Remember, they have NO FUR.

More tips and tricks about housing is included in our "Help Packet" which is listed below in our section Other Things We Offer.




LITTER TRAINING
    Our piggies already come trained, you will just need to give them a small refresher in their new home.

 Please also, NEVER use clay kitty litter or cedar shavings. Regular pine shavings, recycled newspaper litter, shredded newspaper, or sand are all safe and work very well.

    Pigs should not have free, unsupervised roam of the entire house until at least six months old spayed or neutered, and using the litter box or doggie door consistently. We have found over the years and between all of our research that mini pigs do not have FULL control of their potty habits till they are between 8 and 14 weeks old. But they do have natural behaviors and habits which allow use to start potty training them before that.

    Crate training is the easiest way to go, but rooms work as well as we have already trained them they just need a refresher and or you to continue the rules. Your new piggie, no matter the age, should be kept confined for the first two to four weeks and or until they have settled in to the new home and using the litter box consistently. 

    UPDATE: If you are having potty problems and your piggie is confused, go back to the basics. Start all over again. Remember they are smarter then you in most cases and many times have trained you better then you have trained them. 

    You can also, and in my opinion should, teach your piggie to go outside to potty. You can either put your piggie on a schedule and go outside every few hours to potty, or just start staying outside longer and longer till they potty. 

    Just be practical, they are not going out in two feet of snow to potty, they will find a warm corner in the warm house to go. So always keep a litter box inside just in case of bad weather or unexpected late nights at work.

More tips and tricks about potty training is included in our "Help Packet" which is listed below in our section Other Things We Offer.




HARNESS TRAINING
Mini pigs should NEVER have a collar on for any reason! Pigs are not dogs. Their trachea's', especially little pigs, are easily crushed. They have a fight or flight instinct and will strangle themselves or choke. Collars make eating and drinking very uncomfortable and difficult. The collars cause severe irritation to the pigs skin if left on.

Harnesses are much safer and easier to control piggies with. You should never leave a harness on for more then a few hours. They can rub air off and create sores.

It is very easy to teach your piggie to willingly step into and want to have you put on their harness. Figure eight harnesses are the best for this reason, but regular dog or cat harnesses will work. Please do not tighten the neck part any more then needed.

More tips and tricks about harnesses and harness training are in our "Help Packet" which is listed below in the section, The Other Things We Offer.




HOOF CARE
Mini pigs have tiny feet, but they will need attention.

It depends on the breed and the surfaces they are walking on most of the time. Normally a little filing here and there is all that is needed. Otherwise a trim three to four times a year is a good average to go by.

More tips and tricks about hoof care is included in our "Help Packet" which is listed below in our section Other Things We Offer.




***2013 LISTS STARTED***

WAITING LIST
    Our policy regarding our "waiting" list. This option guarantees you a spot in line for a pig or piglet. I will only breed my animals knowing that there are homes waiting for them. For those reasons any and all deposits are nonrefundable. Deposits are however transferable to any future pig or piglet within a twelve month span from the deposit date. A waiting list agreement will accompany this option.

    We do however ask that you do your own research and ask lots of questions so that you have an idea of what you want and need in a piggie. This is to help us so that we can breed accordingly and advise other people on our waiting list what is available. The order in which you will be notified and may choose a piglet is the order in which I have received your deposit and waiting list agreement. 

    Piglet selections can be made in person, over the phone, thru emails, via fax, or thru snail nail. We will provide you with pictures and information about the available piglets so that you can make an appropriate selection. We prefer waiting until the piglets are at least two weeks old before selections are made, but we will notify you the day litters fitting your descriptions are born.  Deposits will be applied toward the total purchase price of the piglet you select. The minimum deposit required to be put on our waiting list is $150.00 per pig or piglet wanted. For deposits we will except cash, personal check, money order, or paypal (add 4%) 

    The wait for a piglet depends on the pigs due dates and the people ahead of you. Some people are waiting for a specific breed, color, pattern, size, or eye color and will "pass" on any piglets that do not fit their exact description. Some people on the wait list are not picky at all and will take whatever is available next. The wait list holds your spot and guarantees you piglets and or pigs to choose from.




WANTING LIST 
    Our policy regarding the "wanting" list. This option is for those who have done research, asked lots of questions, but are still not sure what kind or if they truly want a pig or piglet. People on this list do not need a deposit in order to be put on the wanting list. When or even if there are any extra or unclaimed pigs or piglets, people on this list will be notified before I post any outside ads to the general public. There are no promises when or even if there will be any extras. If you are not interested in the extra or unclaimed pigs or piglets you can be put back on the wanting list and wait for future animals to possibly become available. With this option there is no need for a contract or agreement.




REFERENCES
    Due to popular demand of my past and current piggie owners I do not offer reference names, numbers, addresses, or even emails. Most people that purchase or adopt a piggie want a beloved pet and have no interest in helping me advertise or sell more pigs, neither do I.....I believe that my pigs sell themselves and I have no problems finding homes or keeping every pig I produce. 

    In the past I have given out references to anyone who asked, but some situations have come up and my costumer's kindness have been abused. I now will only give out information and references to people serious and intending on purchasing a piggie. In some cases I can even arrange a meeting with past customers and their piggies.

    I do apologize to any perspective new owners or customers, but in todays society I can understand my past customers weariness to have strangers contact them. 

    I am however happy to give out USDA, and vet references upon request. I also always have all of our inspection reports form all our licensing, permits, insurance, certificates, USDA, and vets available for viewing.




FARM VISITS
Normally we do not allow farm visits. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but not many. To give you just a few reason why, please read below.......
1.  Between our zoo and ponies that travel the tri state area, the farm chores, all the animal breeding programs, herd care, my personal and family life, there is just not enough time in the day as it is. It is hard enough to coordinate daily activities and find time for people to come out and pick up animals.
2.  To top it all off our licensing and insurance frown upon farm visits and tours.
3.  We run a very clean, healthy, and disease free breeding program and strive to keep it that way. We adhere to the USDA guidelines and are very concerned about biosecurity. Having people come onto our property greatly increase the chance of contamination.
4.  We have a protocol and procedures that we follow when people come to pick out their pigs. It is just ridiculous and not practical to go through this every time someone wants to come "see" or "play" with our pigs.
5.  Please also keep in mind, many of our pigs and piglets are already sold or on hold and their for do not belong to us. Most people do not want their pigs exposed to and or handled by strangers.
6.  We have one of the best breeding programs in the USA. We produce quality, healthy litters, with good even temperaments. One of the reasons we can archive this feat is because we try extremely hard not to stress, upset, or bother our breeding stock.....especially during breeding season.
***One exception to this rule is if you are coming to pick out or pick up your pig.***
***Another exception is if you are willing to pay for the prevention procedure. This entails disinfecting everywhere a person has walked or touched on our property. Also includes the full scrub down and brief quarantine of the pigs or piglets that are viewed and or touched.***




QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
This is general information and is not set in stone. Any questions or concerns about specific breeds, care, or handling please ask.

Are mini pigs hypoallergenic?
Yes, mini pigs are about 95% hypo allergenic...a very few will develop super dry skin and have dander, extremely sensitive people will have a reaction to that dander. It is however much easier to avoid and prevent in mini pigs then in many other pets as they have hair, NOT fur, just as we do.

Why should I bother to spay or neuter?
You should think about this long and hard. If you are interested in having a pet or a well mannered companion, fixing is a must. They are far less messy, not as moody, smell less, much less aggressive, less territorial and over all much happier if spayed and neutered. Please revisit our spay and neuter section above for more details.

At what age can piglets be fixed?
Some vets go by age and others go by size.....our vet goes off a combination of the two. In general males need to be 4 weeks or older and weigh at least 2lbs. In general females need to be 8 weeks or older and weigh at least 3lbs. Some other factors may come into play, these are general ages and weights.

Do I have to have my pigs tusks clipped?
It is up to you. ALL pigs, big, little, miniature, males, and females have tusks. If your pig is neutered or spayed the tusks will not grow as thick or long as they would if the pig was left intact. Most people have their pig's tusks clipped very low when they are under anesthetic for their spay or neuter. It is easier and less stressful. They will grow back, but very slowly and normally do not protrude from the mouth as they would if not fixed or clipped. Average is 2 to 4 years, if you want, you can have your vet file them down or clip again.

Can we have the tusks pulled instead of clipped?
Yes, but  it is more painful and they may need pain medication. It also leaves a direct "hole" to the jaw bone and can become infected very easily. So they need to be on antibiotics as well. It is also a more in depth procedure. For all of those reasons pulling the tusks at the same time as the fix surgery ranges from $75 to $150 and may need further vet treatment while recovering. Think of it has having four teeth pulled at the same time, at the front of your mouth. 

Which gender is better for a pet?
There is no "better" gender. It depends on what you want your pet to be like in the long run. A pet should always be fixed, but even then there are a few differences. Neutered males are more laid back, mellow, and easy going in most situations. Spayed females have opinions, are more demanding, and are more active.

Do they get alone with other animals?
Yes, if they are raised with other animals they do fine and in fact will buddy up in most cases. Especially if they are fixed. All of our pigs are raised with a large variety of animals and are very well socialized. You do have to be careful at feeding time. Check out some of the other pictures.

Should I get two pigs for company?
If you have two pigs they will bond and buddy up with each other and have little use for you or any other critter. This is good if you are gone from home alot or if they are kept outside. It is possible to have two loving, people bonded pigs, but it takes three times the attention, love, and interaction to keep them that way.

Can I get one now and another later on?
It is very, very, very hard to introduce another pig later on. It can be done, easier if both are fixed and if the new pig is slightly smaller then the current pig. Pigs can be very territorial, jealous, and literally fight for their toys, space, and time with you.

Are they ok with small kids?
You need to use some of your own judgment here, you know your kids and we know our pigs. It is a must that your piggie is spayed or neutered and a very good idea to have tusks clipped if children will be around the piggie. We raise our piglets around thousands of children of all ages as well as have kids ourselves and have never had a problem.

What can I do about my pig's dry skin?
Not much. Pigs have hair and no sweat glands, so their skin is naturally dry. You should only bathe your pig when it is nessecary, maybe once a month. Bathes dry out their skin even more. You can add a tablespoon of natural oil to each meal, this will help. Or their are a handful of lotions that can be used safely. 

What should I feed my pig?
Food that is made for the type pig you have. If you have one of my pigs, they need a special diet. It is easy to find or mix your self and very low cost. Or if you are close, you may purchase feed from us. In general if you have a miniature pig it should eat miniature pig food. If you have a potbelly pig
it should eat potbelly pig food, and if you have a hog, it should eat hog food. They are as different as dog and cat food.

Are there foods that can harm my pig?
YES.....never feed your miniature pig salt, caffeine, chocolate, or dog food. Their bodies are too small and not designed for these foods. Table scraps are a no, no, as well. Do some more research, there are lots of plants that can be poisonous as well.

How long do mini pigs live for?
Miniature pigs have a wide range of age execpetancy. It depends on the breed, size, over all health conditions, and most of all you care throughout the animals life. Anywhere from 12 to 18 years old.

How often do I need to trim their hooves?
It depends on the breed and the surfaces they are walking on most of the time. Normally a little filing here and there is all that is needed. Otherwise a trim three to four times a year is a good average to go by.

Are mini pigs demanding?
That depends on you and how you raise and treat your pig. Just like children, they are intelligent and you can spoil them very easy and then have problems. They need just as much time and attention as any dog or cat.

Does my pig need exercise?
Do you ever need to move around and be active? Yes, yes, yes. If you want a truly healthy and happy pet your pig should have room to play and exercise. These three breeds have sleeker bodies, longer legs, and are very willing to run, climb stairs, jump, and be fun interactive parts of your life.

Can I get a bottle baby and raise my own piglet?
NO, NO, NO. This is cruel and there is no need or benefit. Piglets are just as tame and loving if they are left with their mothers. Bottle raising, unless absolutely nessecary and done correctly, does lead to health problems, weak and sick piglets, and most often death. New owners are new to pigs and have no business trying to bottle raise a piglet. If done correctly and with an experienced bottle raiser it is fine.....

Will my piglet get as big as its mom and dad?
NO! Our pigs are breeding pigs and are kept on the heavier side to help produce good, healthy, strong babies, with easier births. It is hard work and takes alot out of them. Our piglets will be smaller then the parents, especially if spayed or neutered before 4 months of age.

Where can I find piggie supplies?
There are many places to obtain mini pig items from. Some pet shops, feed mills, or TSC. We also offer a starter package and a care package.

What should I look for in a breeder?
I truly do not mind if you don't buy your piggie from me, there are other very nice and honest pig breeders in the US. Please make sure they have healthy, well cared for stock that live inside (if you want an inside pet) or have good shelter and nice outside pens and are socialized. Double check the parents size, either in person or with ample pics. Look thru there paperwork. Every good breeder will have vet records, health records, pedigrees, ect available. Most of all go with your gut. If you think they are lying about something, they probably are. You always should get straight answers to your questions. Be careful of breeders trying to put other people, there competion, down. Slander is not a trait you want in a good breeder. Most of all, you want breeders with experience....not the person trying a fast get rich scam. Please be careful.

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OTHER THINGS WE OFFER
These packages and or items have been added due to overwhelming request by our past and future clients. The things that we have gathered and made are especially for our pigs. The prices and items listed below are for people who have one of our wonderful piggies. There are different prices for people who do not own one of our pigs or if you only want a few items and not a whole package. We are always willing to add more items if you are having a hard time finding something let us know.


BAGS OF FEED
Over the last 20 plus years we have formulated an awesome mix of essential nutrients, minerals, proteins, fats, fiber, and carbs to supply our personal pigs with everything they need to live a happy and healthy long life. These mixes are especially designed for mini pigs with the help of our mill, the state nutritional department and our vet. A 20lb bag of feed should last one of our pigs between 8 and 12 weeks. Each bag comes with a measuring cup.
nursery mix 20lb bag $25
junior mix 20lb bag $20
adult mix 20lb bag $20
senior mix 20lb bag $25


STARTER  PACKAGE
Our starter package comes with 10lbs of food, bag of hay, a harness and leash, water and food bowl, piggie bed, blanket, litter box, litter, and poop scoop, skin lotion, and thermometer. $200
Blue                 Red
Green               Purple
Pink                Black


Piggie crate with tray  $175
Piggie exercise pen with mat $100


PIGGIE CARE PACKAGE
This comes with three safe pig toys, piggie shampoo and conditioner, piggie safe treats, tip and tricks guide "Help Packet",  a piggie safe brush, a nail / hoof file and clippers, clicker for training, sun screen, ear cleaner, and cotton balls. $150
Blue                  Red
Green                Purple
Pink                 Black


We will set individual items from our packages, but not at the same discount as when items are put into packages. We will also sell to people who do not own one of our pigs, but not at the same discount as when you have one of our piggies.





BOARDING
We would be happy to board your pig! We have the facility, the space, the knowledge, the experience, and the time to give to a piggie that needs to be boarded for what ever. Many times pig owners will need to go away for buissness or want to take a family vaccation or heaven forbid a death in the family and will need their pig looked after. Please do not let just anyone take over the care of your pig. Many boarding facilities are geared toward cats and dogs, not the special needs of pigs. Please contact us by email for avaliblity and pricing.


SHIPPING
   Since we are located in south east Michigan, we do offer shipping. Shipping is available for the USA only at this time. It is normally between $350 and $550 per piggie. This includes the crate, dishes, blanket, vet checks, health papers, state paperwork, pement identification, travel expenses, any additional tests or vaccinations needed for you state, all vet paperwork, appointments, and fees, my time and gas, a bath, hoof trim, all health records, family pictures, pre ship worming, and contract. Exact costs are listed out on the contract, you pay us for the misc shipping stuff and the airport for the plane ride.

WE WILL ONLY SHIP WHEN TEMPATURES 
ON EITHER SIDE ARE ABOVE 20 AND BELOW 90 DEGREES......no exceptions, none.....however we can ship during the heat of the day or the cool of the night.


    Piggies must be at least 8 weeks old to be shipped, in some cases they must be 10 weeks.


    A break down or itemized list of the cost range is available if you are truly considering having a piggie shipped to you. It does vary a bit. Normally the misc stuff is $150 to $300 each pig and the flight or plane ride is between $200 and $400 per pig.


    All piggies must be spayed or neutered by our vet before they get on a plane. The only exception to this rule is if you are purchasing a breeding animal and it is approved by us and our vet.


    If you live in Canada and are dead set on one of our piggies, you are more then welcome to come pick one up. You will have to check your policies, procedures, and border needs. We can get the vet check and health papers for a fee, but the rest is up to you.

  


UNDERSTANDING

We understand that we have policies, procedures, and requirements. However we also understand that life happens on a daily basis and that these are not custom cars that we are talking about. Each and every sistuation is different. We are always open to discussing and accessing possible alternatives. We try very hard to be straight forward and up front about everything. If you have questions, comments, or concerns you should express them to us. The possiblity for misunderstandings are higher over long distances and with limited communications. We are not in this for the money, this is not our main income, we are in it for the animals. We live and love every day and what we do, this is not just a job or a hobby.

AVALIBLE PIGGIES FOR OUR WAIT LISTERS ONLY

Currently going down the wait list, if any piggies are unclaimed we will go down our "want list", when and if any still remain we will offer to the public.

These are a living ,breathing animal,therefore:

We DO NOT Guarantee show quality,reproductive ability, quality of offspring, or "the perfect" pet as these depend on many factor's.
We hold No responsibility for the animals after they leave my possession.

We can terminate a sale at anytime during the sale process if we determine necessary. We obtain the first right of refusal.

Any and all deposits are non refundable. All money must be received before the animal(s) leave our possession. We accept cash, Money Orders, Paypal or Checks.
It will take up to 7 days or longer for a Money order or Checks to clear, animal(s) will not leave until it has cleared our bank.

Animals are free of any illness at time of sale. We will not knowingly sell a animal(s) that are unhealthy.

No animal will be replaced for any reason unless we decide the situation merits such action, keep in mind I will always be as fair as possible in this situation.

Prices are subject to change at anytime according to the development of the animal.

All sales are final once transaction is complete. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.

Anyone under the age 18 requires parental permission for purchase.

You must read, fully understand, and agree to our website, wait list agreement and pig contract to purchase one of our pigs.



MINIATURE MULEFOOT











MICRO MINIATURE PIGS

                                                                                        Taffy x Jake micro mini (mature 15 to 24lbs) born 4-12-12
                                                                                                              One Blueback boar available


                                                                                    Dutchess x Appearso micro mini (mature 20 to 28lbs) born 4-17-12
                                                                                                           One Black with white star boar left


                                                                                       Maple x Apearso micro mini (mature 15 to 20lbs) born 5-13-12
                                                                                                         One Light blueback boar still available


                                                                                         Daffy x Dexter micro mini (mature 16 to 28lbs) born 7-5-12
                                                                           A litle Light blueback boar and a Light blueback gilt looking for a new home


                                                                                       Star x Dexter micro mini (mature 16 to 24lbs) born 7-13-12
                                                                                                         One solid Black boar available


                                                                                          Snap X Rambo micro mini (mature 15 to 22lbs) born









MINIATURE JULIANA


MapIt x Mr DF mini juliana (mature 16 to 24lbs) born 5-8-12

One White/silver with black spots boar looking for a new pet home

Pippa x Pablow mini juliana (mature 16 to 24lbs) born 8-19-12
Two little White with blk spots boars still availble


Rainbow x Endevor mini juliana (mature 12 to 18lbs) born








MINIATURE PIG CROSSES








We have litters due and planned for every month thru to next year! Piglets to choose from are only garenteed if you are on the wait list.