How Much To Feed My Four Boys?

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  1. HogEmAll

    HogEmAll Well-Known Member

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    Hi there,

    I'm trying to find out how much food a pig should be offered per day. Is there a formula? Like 1 lbs of food for every 10 lbs of pig or something? I have 2 boars and 2 barrs, and I've been feeding them a 1:1 mixture of cracked corn and swine pellets(16% protein) twice a day. 6 pounds in the morning and 6 pounds in the evening. Is this enough? My pigs certainly aren't skinny, infact they look rather healthy. But when it's feeding time, they act like they haven't eaten in a week! Is that normal? Here are the weights of my four boys....

    Boar #1......Russian.........8 months......about 175 lbs

    Boar #2.....Feral Hybrid.....8 months.....about 150 lbs

    Barr #1.....Piney Woods.....6 months.....about 125 lbs

    Barr #2.....Piney Woods.....6 months.....about 100 lbs

    Like I said, I've been giving them 3lbs of Cracked Corn and 3lbs of Swine Pellets(16% protein) twice a day. I mix it all up in a 5-gallon bucket, then dump that into their trough. I'm thinking about adding an additional 3lbs of Cracked Corn, thereby achieving a 2:1 ratio of Corn and Pellets. What do you think? These hogs don't have to gain weight fast like a domestic hog. I just don't want them going hungry. My sows are eating a 2:1 mixture of Cracked Corn and 16% Pellets in a Free Choice Feeder. I'm not worried about them, as they are growing nicely and they seem content.

    So yeah, is there some kind of formula out there I could use?

    Thanks for any feedback!

    Regards,
    Axel
     
  2. bill not in oh

    bill not in oh Well-Known Member

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    What are you growing these pigs for - breeding, freezer, pets?

    Is that 6 lbs each or 1.5 lbs each?

    Are they being raised in confinement or on a pasture? If pasture, are there good plants for them to consume, or weeds and grass and how large an area?

    I'm not familiar with the breeds, but if I were growing Yorkies for the freezer, I'd be barbquing them at 8 months.
     

  3. Hog_Em_All

    Hog_Em_All New Member

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    Right now I'm feeding all 4 of them together. They're in a large enclosure...very little forage matter, though. I dump those 6 lbs into their trough twice a day and all 4 eat out of there. So yeah, I guess each one is getting about 1.5 lbs, twice a day.

    These aren't like Yorkies...they'll never gain weight that fast. These are a wild/feral breed. I'm keeping them for breeding(in the future) and the occasional BBQ.
     
  4. beeman97

    beeman97 Well-Known Member

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    1.5 lbs 2 times a day is far from beeing enough for them to live on ,,, especially if there is little to no vegatation for them to eat. i would up there ration to about 6 to 8 lbs lbs a day each.
     
  5. Hog_Em_All

    Hog_Em_All New Member

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    Really?? You would think that if what I'm giving them is way too low, that they would be skinny and sickly in appearance. Why do they look so damn good then? I don't get it.
     
  6. Snakeoil

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    1.5 pounds twice a day is not near enough feed at the weights you give. :1pig:
     
  7. frog1437

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    I think you would be suprised as to what these pigs are eating. If you have them in a large pen they are probably finding roots,grubs and other things to eat "for now" but as their natural resources are eaten you will need to supply more feed or a bigger pen . just my 2cent
     
  8. HogEmAll

    HogEmAll Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input, folks. I've decided to feed my four boys 18 lbs of feed per day. 9 in the morning, and 9 in the evening. I think most of you are under the impression that wild/feral hogs need as much food as their domestic counterparts, when in truth, they don't. I'm not raising these hogs for maximum weight gain. It's more of a hobby, really. If I notice that my hogs are getting skinny or loosing weight, I'll increase their feed, but untill then, I think 18 lbs is plenty. They do a little foraging, but not much. But judging by their body mass and overall health, they seem to be doing just fine. When I first got into this, I figured that there isn't much difference between domestic and feral hogs. But as time goes by and I gain more experience with these rascals, I find more and more differences. I'll keep you all updated as I learn more. I'm really enjoying this experience.

    Thanks again,
    Axel