Peppermint Pig

Princess Peppermint, the 3 month old American Guinea Hog

Princess Peppermint, the 3 month old American Guinea Hog

Here she is, Miss America-n Guinea Hog, Princess Peppermint!  She came to us as “BJ” because she’d been born with a broken jaw, the runt of 8 piglets that had to be bottle fed on Owen Farm in Hopkinton, NH.    After half an hour with her and the discovery that she enjoyed the peppermints I keep in my pockets for the horses, we renamed her “Princess Peppermint”, which lends itself to Pepper, Peppermint Pig(they’re an old-timey treat made & sold in nearby Saratoga Springs, NY), or Princess.

Pepper is a quick learner and I’d taught her to come when I call her name in about 10 minutes.  She really likes Teddy Grahams – they’re excellent training treats.  She grunts purposefully when you converse with her.  The other animals, except for the sheep, think she’s jolly.  The sheep think she’s some sort of beast.  I have to admire the power she unknowingly wields over them. I’m wondering if I can get her to work the flock like “Babe…”

We’re hoping she’ll stay on the small side because we’d like for her to be a pet pig.  American Guinea Hogs are known to be excellent foragers and after her time in the garden with a house of straw, she’ll graduate to a little house (of sticks) that I have on the edge of the woods near my chicken coops.  I can’t move the house right now because it’s frozen into the earth, and heavy, but at night Princess Peppermint has been sleeping in the stall with our fluffy Lion Mane bunny – they make great sleep-over mates.  There is not a house of bricks projected in her future, in case you wondered.

Pepper enjoys trotting alongside while we do the chores, squeals exuberantly at the thought of meals, and has excellent knowledge already of her territory.  She’s showed us all of the holes in the garden fence, so that we could repair them of course, and naps in her little crate in the garden by day.  She will climb into your lap to snuggle and loves a good scratch on her backside.

At this stage of her growth, she requires warm milk in her organic piggy pellets three times a day.  We give her an apple, pear, or vegetable snippets for treats, keeping her busily occupied between naps and meals.  She appears to campaign continually for food (no kidding), but is also happy to take walks.  I look forward to nicer days and more outings as winter wanes.

Conditioning for the both of us.  I’m wondering if I can teach her to fetch.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Fast asleep in the sunshine

Fast asleep in the sunshine

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

Pepper visits the animals

Pepper visits the animals

Fence line visiting with the chickens and dogsFence line visiting with the chickens and dogs

Peppermint's first outing

Peppermint’s first outing

Pepper and Jackie meet

Pepper and Jackie meet

Taking a walk

Taking a walk

Running scared

Running scared

Never trust a Peppermint Pig

Never trust a Peppermint Pig

Sharing toys

Sharing toys

12 responses to “Peppermint Pig

  1. I hope she stays reasonably small is well so she can remain a pet– I love her already!! What a cutie!! So full of curiousity and personality.

    • Me too, Sandy. One of my concerns is that sometimes bottle-babies can be pushy as adults. And if she’s 200 pounds and pushy, that might not be an easy-keeper! So we’ll keep her exercised, well fed, and “trained” as best as we can. I’m looking forward to her foraging skills to help keep pests at bay. Combined with the cats, the dogs, the guinea fowl and turkeys, there’ll be no stone unturned around here!

    • Yay! Glad to hear it, Greg! You’d get SUCH a kick out of her! So much character – it’s like having a cartoon come to life.

  2. Oh, she’s a sweetie. I have a soft spot in my heart for pigs for some reason. So intelligent and communicative; there’s always something really “there” behind a pig’s eyes. And pig walks sound delightful. Enjoy her!

    • Thank you, Rebecca! Yes, pig walks are happy, happy. She seems to brings such friendly flair to the farm. She has gotten herself into a great little daily routine by now, only 3 days into owning her, and so I have much hope that things can work out for her!

  3. My gosh she is a cutie! My little crew would love to meet her! I have lots of new little faces around here too! <3

    • Yay, Julie! New faces, new friends! I will love sharing – you guys should plan a June visit -there’ll be so many babies around here!

  4. Well isn’t she such a cutie! It looks as if she’s settling right in. Can’t wait to hear about her adventures and if she works out as a pet – I really hope she does!

    • Lauren, so far so good! All of the other critters are very accepting, though the goats are wary! She trails me around like a puppy! Very cute and getting to be very fat….but you know, it’s winter and there’s not a whole lot she can do when she’s not in her stall 🙁 Summertime should be easier for her to run around.
      Can’t wait to share her with you when you and yours visit next!

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