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Pot Bellied Pigs/Transitioning a pig to cold winter weather


I have a three year old male pot belly pig that I am giving up for adoption. He has always been a house pet and has lived in my house during the cold winter months here in Wisconsin. The person who wants to adopt him has a hobby farm and wants to make him a outdoor barn pig. Will there be an issue with the pig(ziggy)transitioning him from the warmth of my home to the cold unheated outdoor barn during the winter months. Should I consider looking for a different living situation for Ziggy?
Thank you for your response.

Pigs do well in barns in the northern US, but it is a little late to be transitioning him to outdoors. At this point it depends on the barn itself. If it's heated then he should be fine.

A solid, windproof barn, with other animals and stalls, is Ok even without heat as long as piggy has lots and lots of straw. Putting a dogaloo stuffed with straw inside the stall will provide even more warmth, as will building a little hut of straw bales inside the stall.

If the barn is drafty or leaky, or just a small shed by itself, I'd say no.  

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Helen Morrison


Pot-bellied or other miniature pet pig care, including diet, housing, training, health care. Can provide information about zoning, adoption, supplies, and organizations. Questions about any kind of pet swine are welcome!


Owning, raising, and caring for small pet swine, including "Vietnamese" pot-bellied pigs since 1992.

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