Colorado, United States
Posted Jul 14, 2014
Our ranch was given the opportunity to rescue a potbellied pig a few years ago around Christmas. Though we had no idea what we were doing, we instantly fell in love with her. After reading a few books and articles online, we discovered it was relatively easy to care for her. During the day, she is allowed to roam the barns and grassy areas outside, so long as she doesn't get into the horse pastures. At night, she is locked in the barn for her safety from coyotes and other predators. While she often naps in the sun, we are careful not to let her overheat. In the winter, she is kept in a special room with heaters and soft warm blankets.
We typically let her roam in the chicken/duck pens as well, as I very much believe that she enjoys the company. We feed her a mix of whole apples, oatmeal, and other grains, usually the same grain we feed the horses. Her feet are trimmed up once a year, something we do ourselves. So far we have not encountered any illnesses or injuries, so as I said, a very easy animal to care for. She's happy to be scratched and loves to socialize with kids. Daisy is such a sweet addition to our ranch family!