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My mini pig had babies about 6 weeks ago. Everything is fine with the babies and they are eating great! But the mamma pig has lost a large amount of weight even after continuing to eat as normal... is this usual while nursing?

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Yes, it is, especially if piggy had a large litter. The babies are old enough to start exploring real foods. Room temperature milk or goat milk is a good introduction for them. If you feed Momma pig moist pellets, and put a little bit in shallow dishes, the babies will imitate her and taste the pellets. When the babies are eating on their own and Momma pig weans them, Momma pig will start to regain the weight.

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Helen Morrison

Expertise

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!

Experience

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

Organizations
Pigs of Great Fortune; FAREC; PigCollaborative

Education/Credentials
BBA from KSU

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