Welcome to Freebird Farm Julianas
Thanks for visiting our website and please don't hesitate to contact me for more information!
We are a very small hobby breeder of the smallest breed of pig- the Juliana. We have just a few sows, one boar and only have two or three litters of piglets each year. Our goal is definitely quality over quantity. We purchased high quality breeding stock years ago and waited until the sows were over two years of age to breed them. We have only purebred Juliana pigs; no mini/teacup/potbelly pig mixes.
Our pigs are raised as part of the family. The adults enjoy snuffling around their spacious indoor/outdoor areas. Piglets are kept with their mothers and then gradually weaned between 4 and 6 weeks of age. They are moved indoors and socialized with people and other animals and litter trained. Once they're 6-8 weeks old, have been away from mom and eating solid food for at least a week, they are ready to go to their new homes. All of our piglets are sold on spay/neuter contracts unless they are specifically purchased for breeding. Click HERE for pricing info. All piglets are vet checked, have their first vaccination and are microchipped before leaving. Shipping is available and costs about $300 for an 8 wk old piglet within the continental US.
All of our pigs are registered with the Juliana Pig Association & Registry (JPAR).
Freebird Farm Julianas is located in Magnolia, TX just north of Houston. We have a small hobby farm and also raise turkeys, chickens and goats. Visitors are welcome by appointment only, please see details on the Contact page.
Our goal is to raise high-quality mini Juliana pigs as pets. I am an ethical breeder registered with the Juliana Pig Association Registry. I am honest about what it is like to own a Juliana pig, and only raise a few per year to ensure that each piglet gets personal care and attention. We don't raise any mixed-breed pigs - only purebred Julianas. The pigs we have as breeders were chosen for good conformation and good temperament. When you purchase a pig here, you will receive a well adjusted, healthy piglet that is weaned, litter box trained and ready to go to his or her new home.
Feel free to call or email. I am happy to share information about owning a Juliana pig and answer any questions you may have about our pigs.
7.30.18 Piglets available from Roomba's litter! They will be ready for new homes in mid-August. Get your deposit in soon to reserve one of these cuties. See pics of available pigs here.
6.27.18 Roomba's piglets have arrived! She had 6 beautiful piglets and they are all doing well. See our Litter page for more details.
4.17.18 All of Tootsie's piglets have moved to their new homes. Stay posted for updates on Roomba's first litter, due this summer.
3.17.18 One piglet left from Tootsie x Danny litter. He is 8 weeks old, weaned, had his health check and microchip, and ready for his new home.Contact Linda to discuss specifics: email, phone
1.22.18 Tootsie's piglets have arrived! She had eight beautiful piglets. Get your deposit in today to have priority choice of the litter.
1.4.18 News for the New Year! Michigan Mini Juliana Pigs breeding program is being continued under new management. Thanks for your patience as we update the website.
10.14.17 New babies have arrived! Both Miele and Lucy have farrowed.
7.21.17 Tootsie gave birth to SIX piglets! We will have a few available from this litter since our waiting list is pretty short right now.
2.10.17 Lucy gave us five new babies today! This is her first litter with us and we are thrilled to have five healthy cutie pies. Three males and two females. All these babies will go to folks on our waiting list.
12.30.16 Three new piglets arrived today! The females will go to folks on the waiting list; the male is staying here.
Please do your research before buying a pet pig!
I talk to people all the time who were given bad information by unscrupulous breeders. Unfortunately, I also hear of sad stories about piglets who died because they were not fed properly or weaned too early. PLEASE review this before purchasing a piglet as a pet. And if you want a Juliana, be sure to choose a breeder registered with the Juliana Pig Association Registry.
MYTH 1. MINIATURE PIGS STAY TINY
Some people are told that their "teacup pig" will stay tiny - like it could fit in your hand. Then they are shocked to see the pig grow to be much larger than expected. Usually these are mixed breed pigs, and you just never know how the genetics will work and what size to expect. Sometimes these pigs are abandoned because they grew so large. I know. I adopted several pigs rescued by a pig sanctuary years ago - including a pot bellied mix that grew to over 150 lbs!
The simple truth is that all pigs are tiny when born, but they all grow to be more than 20 lbs. Purebred Juliana pigs are a naturally small breed, and ours pigs weigh 35-55 lbs full grown. There may be a runt of the litter that could be a bit smaller, but considering my focus on quality, I would not consider keeping a runt for breeding purposes.
MYTH 2. PIGS CAN BE WEANED AT 2-3 WEEKS OF AGE
The most heartbreaking call I get is from a distraught owner of a piglet that just died. The scenario is almost always the same: they bought a 3 week old piglet for $300 from a breeder who told them the pig was already weaned, struggled to get it to eat, and ultimately the piglet died a few days/weeks later. The truth is that piglets are not weaned from their mother's milk till around 5-6 weeks of age. Any legitimate breeder will not pull babies too early, as it is clearly detrimental to their health. But poor breeders often do this to get their money more quickly - and sometimes tell unsuspecting buyers that the piglet will not grow any larger! I even talked to a woman who was told to only give her new piglet food and water once a day (yes, the piglet died).
MYTH 3. MY "JULIANA" PIGLET DOESN'T HAVE SPOTS
Many breeders claim to have Juliana pigs, but when I speak to the owners (usually about some problem), they say that their pig has no spots. Well, ALL Juliana pigs must have spots. If not - it is not a Juliana. The best way to ensure that you are actually getting a Juliana pig and not a mixed-breed pig with unknown temperament and adult size, is to choose a registered breeder who only sells registered Juliana pigs.