Abstract The aim of this study was to develop a chronic model suitable for repeated, long-term studies of the interaction of behavior and colonic function in unrestrained pigs. Cecostomies were created in three 20–30 kg micropigs under general anesthesia. Fistulas were created by suturing the bowel to the abdominal wall. Recordings were made by passing a small (8F) solid-state pressure transducer through the fistula into the proximal bowel and connecting it to a battery-operated data logger worn in a vest on the pig's back. Cecostomies have remained patent and trouble-free for over 18 months. No serious infections have occurred. Preliminary data from a total of thirteen 24-h recording sessions showed 54% of all contractile activity to be in the 2–4 cpm frequency range. Increased motility was seen following meals and upon morning awakening. Motility was minimal during the night. Infrequent (10.31 ± 2.05/24 h; mean ± SD) propagated contractions were also noted. These contractions were generally of low amplitude (33.24 ± 3.81 mmHg). These techniques allow prolonged, intraluminal recordings to be made from the colon of the unrestrained pig.