SOCIAL AWARENESS

 

When accepting a pet pig into the family group, there are certain considerations, as with other animals, that you should always keep in mind concerning the disturbance that a pig may cause to your neighbours.

 

Firstly, you need to take into account the amount of feaces and urine that one pig produces in a year, because cleaning and disposal of these will provide you with a very important problem especially if you only have a very small garden in a town centre or, worse still, no garden at all.  One adult pig will produce about six kilograms of feaces and urine every day, which is over two tonnes in one year.  These animal waste products, if not removed promptly, will produce an offensive odour and, due to their high ammonia levels and bacterial content, may be a health risk both to humans and pigs alike.  One possible way of dealing with this problem is to mix the pig waste (feaces, urine and soiled straw) with grass, flower cuttings or vegetable waste in a compost heap and allow everything to decompose.  Remember that this process can produce a very potent odour to which your neighbours may object very strongly.

 

Noise is also an important consideration, particularly when several pigs are kept together in a group, and the very loud noise that they can produce will cause tension with your neighbours.

 

Another factor to be aware of is that, even though most pigs are friendly, their considerable weight and agility can be very hazardous for young children who might want to play with them.


Entire boars are always dangerous and should not be trusted, even when they have their teeth trimmed.  They are unsuitable as pets for children under 16.

 

Finally, you must always check that there is no clause in the deeds for your house which prohibits the keeping of pigs, as failure to appreciate this could involve you in expensive litigation matters with your neighbours and landlord.