Boarding options for chickens

There have been many people who have taken to having pet chickens as a first step to leading a more self sufficient life style. Keeping chickens as pets can also be as rewarding as it is fun, chickens are easy to care for and very cheap (after egg production starts). Many families have adopted chickens along with other small animals such as cats and dogs and they have learnt to live together without harm. It’s also a lovely way to show children how important animals are and about the production of eggs. Eggs have so many uses and don’t necessarily mean they are just for cooking; they also make good face masks that help tighten pores.

Looking after chickens when on holiday

There have been many people who have missed out on holidays because they didn’t think through who would look after their chickens whilst on holiday. Chicken boarding seems to be more available in certain parts of the country and this can be a major fallback. If you live too far then you will have to sacrifice holidays but if you live in an area where you have many options you don’t have to worry too much.

Apart from chicken boarding there are farms and also chicken hotels to consider as popularity for keeping chickens as pets continues to increase. Like I said before some areas are more popular than others as they are more rural so land is more abundant and people who have too much will use this as a way of making some extra money. You should always find a place where the owner has an interest in the animals as you will find that they are more cared for and well looked after when you are gone. Most places will even keep your eggs for you so you can collect them when you collect your hens.

How much does chicken boarding cost?

The cost of boarding your chickens will vary from place to place and what kind you go for, a homeowner that has space in their garden will charge you less than a chicken boarder that has specially prepared plots and coops. Chicken hotels will cost the most as they are usually on larger plots of land such as farms. Most places do charge as little as £1 per day per chicken whereas others will charge a daily rate of around £7 a day per coop. Some chicken coops can house as many as 6 hens so if you want to save money its worth shopping around first as they can run up to £100 for a week’s boarding.

 

Boarding options for micro pigs

All people who have pets will face the same problem when they decide to go on holiday, who will look after our pets? Common house pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits and fish are most easy to find someone to care for them when you go away for a week or so. There are boarding lodges and also family members and friends who would be happy to look after a small pet that requires minimum care. But when it comes to the latest pet craze of micro pigs what happens when you want to go on holiday?

Boarding for a micro pig

Animal boarding for pets such as dogs and cats are very strict, all animals have to be vaccinated and depending on the boarding type they will also need to be neutered. When it comes down to pet pigs there isn’t much option. As of yet there are not many people advertising their serviced for looking after a pet pig whilst the owner goes on holiday. As the weather in England fluctuates a lot many people also keep their pet micro pigs indoor with a small bed for them to sleep in similar to a pet cat or dog. There are not many people who will offer to look after a micro pig as they require as much care as a dog if not more. Micro pigs are very social and need interaction so they constantly need love and attention, if you were to send them away for a week they would surely come back depressed.

The options for boarding a micro pig whilst on holiday are very limited but here are a few things you could try to make sure that family time such as holidays do not suffer even though you like to go on holidays.

Pet sitting – there are many people or small companies that will drop in every day or several times a day to make sure your pet is fed, cleaned and cared for. Some places will also offer to move in for a week or so to also look after the house as well as looking after a pet. This is a good option if you live in an area where squatting is rife as an abandoned house can sometimes be targeted.

Visit the local vet for information – they will usually have a list of local contacts for animals of all breeds and species. They may know of a place that will look after your micro pig while you go away.

Local farm – some local farms already have pigs so they may be happy to offer boarding for a short period whilst you are away. As an experienced farmer you can also rest assured that your pet will be cared for as best as possible.

Micro pig breeder – contact the breeder where you bought your micro pig or one that is closer to you, they may offer to look after your micro pig while you go away or might know a place that will.

Advertise for help – you can post free local advertisements in your local area such as the supermarkets and corner shops you might be lucky enough to find someone who doesn’t mind looking after you beloved micro pig whilst you go away, for a small fee of course.

Having any pet can cause problems when you go away as you will need to find someone to look after them, this also costs money. So before you decide to buy a micro pig find out what would happen if you want to go on holiday because you might live in an area where your options are limited i.e. too near the city.

 

Micro pig scam

As more and more celebrities follow the trend of having a micro pig many average families have also decided to take the plunge too. Micro pigs have become extremely popular in the last 5 years but there is still a lack of reputable breeders as most people have given up their careers to invest in these little porkers in hope of making a quick buck in a short period of time.

Unfortunately since the trend started a few years ago many of these little pigs that were meant to stay little are in fact huge, only after 1 year to 18 months the rate of growth is noticed and the micro pig is no longer so micro. Some reputable breeders have also failed to meet the demands of people wanting a micro pig so have had to buy from other breeders but instead of buying micro pigs they were normal pigs worth only £40 compared to the £400 – £1500 price tag of a micro pig.

There has even been a Facebook page set up for those that have been mislead by thinking they would have a little piglet for life, some breeders promised the little piggy’s to stay small whereas others promise they would not grow over a certain height. No breeder can make this assumption as they all grow at different rates, some buyers come thinking they will have a small 12 inch pig for life when the reality is they can grow to over 2ft.

Before wasting money on a micro pig you should do some research and make sure that your expectations are not too high. People who have bought micro pigs and live in the average home have had to give them up after they turned out to be bigger than first thought. Thousands of pounds of damage can be caused by pigs when they get bigger and aggressive. You could of course sell them but would you be able to live with yourself knowing that it had been turned into bacon?

Remember that if your ‘micro pig’ turns out bigger than you expected you may have to build secure housing outside in the garden so take this into consideration when thinking of buying a pet pig, also it is illegal to feed pigs scrap food due to illness and disease so it is essential to buy pig food.

 

Micro pig the latest pet craze

There seems to be a very strange craze involving miniature pigs lately, Victoria Beckham was rumoured to be buying one for David last year for Christmas latest celebrities that have a micro pig are Charlotte Church and Katie Price. Here in the UK the trend is still going strong with many families opting to have a pet pig rather than a dog or cat. Just like all animals regardless of size they need regular care and attention and a safe environment to be brought up in.

What are micro pigs and how much do they cost?

These are two of the most common questions asked by the curious public, as they are featured quite regularly in newspapers many people often wonder what they actually are. Well like the name suggests they are pigs but bred smaller than the average farm ones that you see and are much heavier. Although newspaper articles show them as small little piglets they will generally grow to the height of your knee whereas farm pigs can be much larger in size. Micro pigs vary a lot in size depending on the breed and popularity of them but some places start from as little as £650 rising up to over £1000 for a popular breed. Micro pigs are a long term commitment as they can live up to 15 years just like a dog, so if it is for a young child they must understand this commitment and you may have to sacrifice holidays if you cannot find a suitable person to babysit.

In order to keep a pig legally in the UK you must have a CPH number this is a nine digit registration number that is free to obtain. You need to contact the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to get one and it usually takes two weeks. A CPH number is required so that they can trace you and the pig in case of a disease outbreak. It’s important to have this first before looking for a micro pig as most places will ask for this. If you are truly interested in getting a micro pig this will be but a small inconvenience for you, also if you were to see the baby piglet you want but didn’t have you CPH number then you will miss out as those who do will have priority.

It is very important that you choose a reputable breeder that is happy to answer your questions and make you feel at ease. A good breeder will also make sure your little piggy is vaccinated and well cared for in a happy environment so make sure you visit beforehand.

 

Caring for a pet bird

Some birds in the wild live in large groups so it’s sometimes always better to have two birds for companionship. Get them at the same time to avoid jealousy.

All birds need space to fly around and a stimulating environment.
Plucking feathers can be a sign of stress and boredom, prevent this by having a second bird for a companion, room to fly around with lots of toys and perches.

Birds need a balanced diet of bird food, lettuce, carrots and apple. They will also need a constant supply of fresh clean water.

They will need grit to help digestion. A cuttlefish bone is needed to peck at to keep their beaks trimmed. For claws they should have perches that are rough or bark-covered, although sometimes they might need a vet to trim their beak and claws.

Clipping Birds’ Wings

The first time a bird is having its wings cut is the hardest. It is very easy to hurt the bird. For the first time, have them clipped professionally.All species of birds’ wings are clipped differently.It is always better to have both wings clips instead of one for balance, as having only one wing clipped can be dangerous to the bird.After watching carefully how it’s done, you can clip wings yourself, it’s not hard and it will make you bond better with your bird.

Things to consider before buying a pet bird

Depending on which types of bird you go for, they can be a bit messy.
Regular preening means you will have a lot of feathers around and birds that have special feathers like cockatiels produce a fine white dust. It can also get messy when they eat, as the food doesn’t always stay contained in the cage.

Some birds do not like to be handled while others enjoy attention and will love to be let out just to sit next to you, do you have time to socialize with a pet bird?

If you want a larger bird, for example a parrot, do you have the space for a large cage? They need a lot of room for their size. Some birds also live for a very long time. Are you committed to this bird? There are too many birds being put in rescue homes, it’s unfair to have one when your unsure of what to expect.

The last thing to remember is the cost; can you afford the veterinary bills, food, toys and equipment? It might seem like a bargain to get a cheap bird but a hand-reared bird is worth it in the long run.

If you still think this is the right pet for you, the best place to purchase a bird is from a bird breeder.There are two types – commercial and hobbyist. A commercial breeder will have hundreds of birds of all breeds; he or she will not have quality time to spend on each of them whereas a hobbyist will have only a few breeds and have lots of time to spend with each one.

I would avoid buying from a pet shop because of lack of care. They don’t look very happy and will never have been let out of their cage.

Looking after a pet rabbit

Here is some helpful information for you to know before purchasing a pet rabbit.

They need fresh water and exercise daily. You will need to make sure

that your pet rabbit has clean water everyday. Rabbits also need

exercise everyday in a safe grassy area.Their diet consists of

grass, apple, carrot, rabbit pellets and hay. Make sure that the grass

hasn’t been treated with harmful substances.A gnawing block is needed to wear down long teeth and bedding needs to be changed daily.Although

rabbits can withstand cold weather in winter its best to keep the hutch

in the shed or garage, they can also get too hot or cold.Many hutches sold are too small to accommodate rabbits. As they get bigger they outgrow their hutches so becoming house rabbits is very common these days just like keeping a cat and dog.

When deciding where to purchase a rabbit pet, the best place to buy

them is directly from a show rabbit breeder or a private breeder. They

will be pure breed rabbits that are a good size in accordance with the

breed. The rabbit breeder regularly handles the rabbits so they are

confident when being picked up. You will also get the chance to see the

mother and father and the exact date of birth of the chosen pet rabbit.

You can also buy a pet rabbit from a pet rescue organisation,

sometimes they are abandoned because their owners can no longer look

after them or they are no longer wanted. There are organisations that

rescue them and re-house them. The disadvantage of this is the rabbits

may be aggressive because of how they have been treated by their

previous owner.In some cases you might be assessed first to see

if you will be a suitable owner, someone will visit your home and see

if the adopted pet rabbit will be living in a suitable environment.

The most common place to purchase a pet rabbit is a pet shop, it is

also the most convenient. Most pet shops will get their rabbits from a

commercial breeder rather than a private breeder this means they were

mass bred solely for selling. They do this because there is a high

demand for them so they want quantity rather than quality.
When

buying from a pet shop, the rabbits are hardly ever handled so they can

be nervous. You will also never know when the exact birth date was.

When purchasing rabbits, only buy from a pet shop that is confident on

the sex of the rabbit.

When buying your pet rabbit, it is important that the males and

females are kept separately to ensure that the females don’t get

pregnant.

It is very common for them to be neutered. Females can have several

litter a year with up to 8 babies in each. Having females neutered will

also protect them from cancers. For males having them neutered will

prevent them from being aggressive.