Congratulations on welcoming new kunekune pigs to your farm or homestead! To ensure a smooth and comfortable transition, here's a short guide on the basic supplies you'll need:
1.Secure Fencing: Start with sturdy and predator-proof fencing to create a safe enclosure for your kunekune pigs. They are excellent escape artists, so ensure the fencing is at least 3-4 feet high and well-anchored. We use both no climb horse fencing as well as premier 1 electric netting.
2.Shelter: Provide a sturdy shelter or pig hut for your kunekune pigs to protect them from extreme weather conditions. The shelter should be large enough for them to lie down comfortably and be well-ventilated.
3. Water Supply: Access to clean and fresh water is crucial for your pigs' health. Use a sturdy water trough or automatic waterer to ensure a steady supply of water.
4. Feeding Troughs: Choose durable feeding troughs or bowls to serve their daily meals. Kunekune pigs have specific dietary needs, so research their nutritional requirements.
5. High-Quality Pig Feed: Select a well-balanced and age-appropriate pig feed to provide your kunekune pigs with essential nutrients. Supplement their diet with fruits, vegetables, and occasional treats. We feed Tucker-milling Nature Crest Non GMO Organic Soy/Corn Free 15.5% Pig feed and they do very well.
6. Bedding: Lay down straw, hay, or wood shavings as bedding in their shelter to keep them warm and comfortable especially in the cold winter months. They should be able to burrow into their hay or straw if not in an enclosed barn or shelter during the winter months.
7. Enrichment Toys: Kunekune pigs are intelligent and curious animals. Offer enrichment toys like balls, hanging treats, or puzzle feeders to keep them mentally stimulated.
8. Grooming Supplies: Keep your kunekune pigs clean and groomed with brushes or grooming tools suitable for their size and coat type.
9. Medical Kit: Prepare a basic medical kit with pig-specific supplies like wound care, insect repellent, and medications recommended by a veterinarian.
10. Veterinary Care: Establish a relationship with a knowledgeable veterinarian experienced in treating pigs. Regular health checks and vaccinations are essential for their well-being.
11. Record Keeping: Maintain accurate records of your pigs' health, weight, and any medical treatments they receive. This will help you track their progress and identify any health concerns early on.
12. Training Tools: Positive reinforcement training can help you handle and manage your kunekune pigs better. Have treats and training tools available for a positive experience.
Remember, kunekune pigs are social animals, so plan to keep at least two together for companionship. To avoid any complications it is best to keep intact males and females separated till they are of breeding age. With proper care, attention, and love, your new kunekune pigs will thrive on your farm or homestead!
-Masha at Mockingbird Homestead