Hello! Sorry I’ve been MIA, we moved, I had a big birthday and, well, life happened!
Our little family moved into a new house not far from our old house about a month ago and we are finally settled in.
The boys have an entire side yard fenced off with a privacy gate that has gate access to the pool and a door to the screened patio. They love it! Probably because there is a ton of fresh grass for them — they about ate us out of house and home at the old house. We learned the hard way we really need to manage what, where and how often they eat the grass or we will be left with a yard of just dirt again.
It took the boys about 10 days to get settled at the new house. At first they would both stand at the back sliding door and cry and scream to go outside. Cooper is our little screamer, Pax just stands there and pushes Cooper around.
They were both timid of the new house, they seemed afraid to go anywhere but the back door where their crates are located.
Slowly and with plenty of treats they began to explore the house. Cooper even made it all the way upstairs. Paxton not so much, his big butt made it up two stairs before he turned around and headed back down.
I laugh now because as much as I wanted the boys to explore, now Cooper runs our house. That little 22-pound pig jumps in our bed every morning and snuggles under my pillow. I now have to make the bed as soon as we get up or he’ll make his way under the sheets and we are left we dirt in the bed. (life with pigs!)
My advice for moving with pigs:
- Be patient! There are new smells, sounds and more they need to get used to.
- Check and double check the pig yard. I walked around several times looking for anything in the grass that could harm them such as nails. We also checked the fence for holes or weak spots and check all plants! I used a plant identifying app to check every plant in our yard to make sure it wasn’t toxic for pigs or dogs.
- When they establish an area they feel safe, sit in their area with them. I did this with the boys at the back door; I’d sit on the floor and scratch them.
- Slowly encourage them to explore. Sit in different areas with treats and more than likely, they’ll follow.
- If they’re OK with it, assist them in finding cozy places. Pax loved the couch at our old house so I picked him up and put him on the new couch until he finally figured out where the couch was and how to get up on it himself. He still has a hard time getting down so he likes to stand with his hooves on the arm rest and watch everyone.
- Get back to your old routine ASAP. This can be hard with moving and unpacking but a routine helped the boys settle. Our routine: the boys stay outside until about 8 p.m. then they both come in and the whole family sits on the couch together. Call us crazy, but it’s our favorite part of the day! Everyone, boys included, have their own spots.
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Cooper (in above video) enjoying our very overgrown grass.