When it comes to ideal habitat for mini pigs, you can either put your mini pig in a kennel crate or set up a play pen around your house or backyard. Follow the guidelines below to ensure that you will provide the ideal habitat for mini pigs is comfortable.
Crate or Kennel
Pig’s natural instinct is to play or root in the mud and holes because that’s where they get their nutrients and vitamins. Do not discourage them to do so. However, for the purpose of cleanliness around your house, you should also regulate the amount of mud they would jump in, you don’t want dirt around your house all the time right? You can provide your pigs a play to stay in without compromising their natural habitat needs.
You can buy a 700 Series Veri Kennel that is preferably large or at least twice the size of your pigs. But it may cost you a couple of bucks. As an alternative you can build a three-sided shed yourself using a few ply woods. It’s important to note that you should place the kennel where there are no prevailing winds and draughts. Pigs can only tolerate a temperature between 12 – 26 degrees Celsius otherwise it could be too hot or too cold for their body, this is why blankets are also needed during cold temperatures and a mud hole that they could splash in during hotter days because they don’t sweat so they need to cool off. With that being said, your crate or kennel should at least have 8 square feet of space with rough unfinished flooring – it’s good for their hoofs. It is also recommended for you to have a cemented space for them to get some exercise or sun bathe if they need to plus it could prevent smelly conditions as well.
Do not completely cement everything or let them sleep in a concrete flooring all the time, it is not good for their bones; their bodies thrive on the ground. Another important note you need to remember is to make sure that you provide enough shade or roofing for your pig so that they won’t get sunburned or dehydrated.
‘Play Space’ or Pen Space
If you don’t want to let your pigs run loose in the house – and they will! You should provide a pen space in addition to your kennel. As mentioned earlier, pigs love to move freely and roam around; you should not restrict that because that is a form of exercise for them. A pigpen should be secured using a fence, preferably buy a breeze block wall around the shed that will serve as a pig-proof gate. You can also use wire-fence but it is expensive but is usually ineffective. Make sure that your fence is tight; pigs can spot a weakness and could use that opening to get out of his shed or kennel.