These can be found at Tractor Supply & Rural King-type stores.
How to take care of a teacup pig
Here is the big question. What do I feed my pig and how much?
I recommend feeling Nature’s Best Organic Feeds, Mazuri mini Pig food, or Purina Sow and Pig which can be found at Tractor Supply or the Mazuri Site.
How much to feed:
Mazuri recommends feeding your piglet 1-3% of its weight daily. If your piglet is 5 lbs then it would be 80 oz of body weight so 1% will equal .80 which is a little over 1/2 oz, 2% will equal 1.6 oz, and 3% will equal 2.4 oz, divided between two meals a day. This is not much when you look at it but it is not starving your baby, This is the amount that scientists have determined is the correct amount to feed your piglet so that it remains healthy and not overweight. Not only does feeding too much cause your piglet to get bigger than you want but can shorten its life, aggravate arthritis, and even cause it to be blind.
Pig Weight 1% of Body Weight 2% of Body Weight
Pounds Tbsp./Cups Tbsp./Cups
2 1 Tbsp. 1 2/3 Tbsp.
5 2 Tbsp. 4 Tbsp.
10 ¼ Cup ½ Cup
20 ½ Cup 1 Cup
30 ¾ Cup 1 2/3 Cup
40 1 Cup 2 ¼ Cup
50 1 1/3 Cup 2 2/3 Cup
60 1 2/3 Cup 3 ¼ Cup
70 2 Cups 3 ¾ Cup
80 2 ¼ Cup 4 ¼ Cup
90 2 1/3 Cup 4 ¾ Cup
100 2 2/3 Cup 5 1/3 Cup
If your piglet is inside most of the time I would recommend the Elder as it has fewer calories.
The best way to determine whether to feed 1-2% would be to monitor your piglet’s shape. Start at 2% and if your piglets get fat around the neck area back off the feed. If its hips are bony like an old cow then increase its feed.
Treats and Snacks for Mini Pigs
What about treats? Yes, you can feed your baby treats. Healthy treats! The kind you would eat if you were on a diet. Lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, raw squash. You can give them cabbage which is cheap and they love it but BEWARE pig poots will run you out of the room! Preferably fresh but frozen will be ok. make your piglet earn its treats by learning tricks. Do not give your pig salt. Pigs are not salt-tolerant and it can cause them to have seizures and die if they get too much. Like dogs, chocolate is off the list as well.
Healthy Treat Ideas
**NUTS & SEEDS– UNSALTED**
Sunflower seeds / black oil sunflower seeds
Hemp hearts/hemp seeds
Oats / Oatmeal
Sorghum / Milo
**OTHER HEALTHY SNACKS AND OCCASIONAL TREATS**
Applesauce no sugar added
Canned pumpkin (100% pumpkin! not pie filling)
Cereal: Cheerios, puffed rice, puffed wheat, shredded wheat
Fruit juice no sugar added
Popcorn, air-popped with no oils or salt
Cooked lentils and other beans (not canned)
Raisins- sparingly as they are sticky and not good for dental health
**VEGETABLES AND HEALTHY GREENS**
ALL summer & winter squash (some are repeated in this list, sorry)
Black Eyed Peas
Black olives (fed sparingly due to sodium content)
Cabbage & red cabbage
Corn (sparingly, there’s enough corn in their pellets already)
Dandelion flower and leaves
Green leaf lettuce
Green Soybeans (Edamame)
Radishes & leaves
Red Leaf Lettuce
Rhubarb stem/stalk (the leaves are poisonous and should not be fed)
Spring Baby Lettuce
Sugar Snap Peas
Sweet Dumpling Squash
Tomatoes (tomatoes are good but the plant and leaves are poisonous and should not be fed)
**FRUITS- FED SPARINGLY DUE TO SUGAR CONTENT**
Apples NO SEEDS
Apricots NO PITS
Bananas & peels
Cherries NO PITS
Cranberries fresh or dried
Grapes, cut in half or quarter too prevent choking
Kiwi & peels
Nectarines (NO PITS)
Peaches NO PITS
Pears NO PITS
Plums NO PITS