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Hi AlanB

To minismise stress, I would have your scales outside, ready to weigh, so that you don’t have to take the hoglet indoors – unless it is underweight, of course. Also, as WilliamC says, gloves to hand.

I would also have a container all ready in case you have to take the hoglet in. So that it can be quickly put in there (again with minimum stress). So, high sided box or pet carrier with bedding, which can be torn up paper, hay, etc. but enough so that the hoglet can hide in it. Also have some sort of containers ready for food and water, in case you need to take a little one in. I usually put loads of newspaper in the bottom of the box, because they will inevitably spill water and food all over the place and newspaper will help to absorb the water a bit.

I usually use one of those 1litre ice cream containers to weigh in. An underweight hoglet will easily fit in. Some will just try to roll up, but others are ‘little houdinis’ as Jan Marie says.

If you think a hoglet looks small, I would contact a hog rehabilitator BEFORE you catch the hoglet, to make sure there is somewhere you can take it with minimal delay.

The most important thing, is to keep any stress and handling to a minimum.

Good luck.