Yesterday, while most folks were busy hiding Easter eggs or visiting with family, Mel and I were on the road going to meet the two latest acquisitions of Almosta Ranch: Sparkles and Rosie, two Juliana Pigs.
Sparkles is only six weeks old while Rosie is about three months old. Neither pig will get any bigger than about thirty pounds or the size of a small dog. These pigs are strictly pets and not meant for eating. They are clean and intelligent animals that can be litter-box trained and make excellent pets which sell anywhere from two hundred to a thousand dollars apiece.
Separating them from their human mother proved to be very traumatic for both the little girls so we will spend the next couple of weeks acclimating them to their new home and bonding with them before we move them into their permanent pen in the barn.
The girls venture out to explore their new home. We will "crate" them for the first couple of weeks, like you would a small dog in the house.
the girls enjoy their first meal. Even when grown, these pigs eat only about a half cup of food, twice a day.
The little girl on the left is the older pig, Rosie. Sparkles is the one of the right.