Who am I? I am a mother of three incredibly talented children, one cute dog (Capone), one crazy cat (Kai) an adorable pig (Annie) and the owner of Ma’s Country Cabin & Saloon in Grand Lake, Colorado. I am also a long time animal lover of dogs, cats, rabbits, sea animals, sharks, penguins, fish, wolves, tigers, bears, and pigs. However, if I had to pick ones that I’ve favored the most since I was a very young it’d be sharks, tigers, pigs and most exotics. So, for me, becoming the proud owner of a true pot belly was a little girl’s dream.
Annie May The Pot-Bellied PigOur Annie May is from The Brown’s Oakridge Zoo in Smithfield, Illinois. Annie was born on July 16th, 2012 and comes from a long line of true pot-bellied pigs. Thus, she will eventually weigh between 45-55 lbs, when full-grown. Yes, I know most of you are wondering how Annie will stay so small, if she is in fact a true pot-bellied pig. Well, true pot-bellied pigs are just that, small, they are what people like to call “Mini’s, Micro’s and Teacup’s.” Annie is a pot-bellied pig, that is her breed, others choose to name pigs cute names, but it’s just that a cute name, nothing more. If you choose to call your pig those cute names, that is your choice, there is no judgement here.
A Few Words from Nancy BrownThe Owner of Brown’s Oakridge Zoo, Nancy Brown- “I am glad that you and Annie have bonded so well, it takes a lot of patients which most wouldn’t have, you’re a perfect fit. As far as the history of pot-bellied pigs, like I have stated before, when the pot-bellied pig market became popular and people were wanting to get into the breeding market, the sows “true pot bellies” got up to $10,000 a piece to purchase and the Boars approximately $1,500 a piece to purchase. So, people purchased Boars and bred them to the Domesticate Hogs (which were significantly cheaper than a true pot belly). Thus, resulting in pot-bellied pigs that got up to 160-200 lbs, if not more. These “Teacup” pigs are no more than the original true pot-bellied pigs that were imported into North America by Keith Connell. A true pot belly like you have (Annie) should not get any bigger than 45-55 lbs. Feed Annie formula for the first few weeks, then start her on pellets. After that feed Annie 1/2 cup of pig food per day (25 lbs. weight of Annie) and supplement 25% of her daily diet with fruits and vegetables. When she is full-grown no more than 1 cup of pig food a day (50 lbs. weight of Annie) and again supplement 25% of her daily diet with fruits and vegetables.” Nancy Brown-
Special Thank You
“Nancy Brown has not only given our family the perfect addition, Annie May, but her, her husband Ivan and their family graciously run this non-profit zoo, so we the public can enjoy these amazing animals. A visit to the Brown’s Oakridge Zoo is a must, especially during summer and fall.” Andrea Fawkes-
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Andrea Fawkes/Owner/Founder of LoveMyPigs.com
*Please note I am not an authorized breeder, however, I do have the resources to get you an authentic pot-bellied piglet. Also, I am not a pot-bellied pig veterinarian, if you have serious concerns, please see your vet for further medical advice.*