things pigs don't eat ?

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  1. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Always Thinking

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    We get disgarded produce from a local grocery. Our new feeder pigs have some definite likes/dislikes.

    things they like...

    apples
    pears
    grapes
    cabbage
    lettuce
    broccoli
    eggs

    things they don't want...

    turnip roots (haven't tried greens)
    carrots
    eggplant
    green beans


    I'm kind of surprised at the items they're not eating. Are these results typical?
     
  2. tomjones

    tomjones Well-Known Member

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    Might be worth throwing them in a pot and cooking for a while. I would think that would make a big difference.
     

  3. Trisha-MN

    Trisha-MN www.BilriteFarms.com

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    Our pigs love turnips, carrots and green beans... the eggplant usually ends up with the chickens. One thing our pigs don't seem to go for are lemons.
     
  4. SHELBY

    SHELBY Well-Known Member

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    I bet you that would do it. When we had pigs they ate just about anything if it was cooked, but not raw.
     
  5. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Always Thinking

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    Thanks for the suggestion! I cooked some cut turnips, butternut squash and green beans. Gave that to them today. They started in on it! LOL....but left it when they saw me pour the hog feed in the other tough. **silly pigs**

    I saw them go back though after I left their pasture ...feel certain they finished the cooked veggies. Thanks again!
     
  6. JHinCA

    JHinCA Well-Known Member

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    I cook stuff they won't eat raw, too. I was surprised ours ate green beans and beets raw, though.

    Ours do not eat any kind of citrus fruit or banana peels.
     
  7. fixer1958

    fixer1958 None of the Above

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    I just browse the pig section to learn as much as I can, BUT..........

    We had a pot belly for about 10 years and myself on a whim gave him banana peels to see if he would eat them. He sucked them down like spagehti.

    Later I went back into the garage (where he lived, complete with his own dog door, he was a free ranger) and he saw me and flipped completely the *$^& out.
    I told DW about it and she said banana peels were a hallucinagenic and don't do that anymore :nono:

    My boys heard me talking to DW about it and they being who they are, did the same thing and he reacted the same way only worse. Running into the wall 4" from the door trying to get out the door, ransacking the garage etc.
    I had nothing to do with it!!

    There must be something to this.
    Am I wrong?
     
  8. simplefarmgirl

    simplefarmgirl proud GRAMMA

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    mine eat just about every thing except citrus peeling,, if you bust open the oranges they suck out the inside but wont eat any of the peeling,, dont blame them, wont touch lemons or limes at all. the eat everything else raw, I do cook any potatoes we give them if theres any amount to them,, I heard some where raw potatoes in bulk isnt good for them,, not sure better safe than sorry
     
  9. Ronney

    Ronney Well-Known Member

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    Pigs are funny buggers. Generally speaking, most will eat the banana but not the skin (but nor do I), they like the orange but not the rind (but nor do I) and most will not eat limes, lemons or grapefruit at all. Most do not relish raw carrot and my answer to this is to throw everything except citrus into a cooker and cook it and then the lot goes.

    Simplefarmgirl, your quite right, raw potato in bulk can be a killer for pigs and I knew a lady who lost a litter of weaning age Kunes through feeding them raw potato. However, when cooked they are harmless and pigs like them.

    Parsnip and celery are also better cooked as in their raw state can cause lesions to the mouth which resemble Foot and Mouth.

    Cheers,
    Ronnie
     
  10. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Always Thinking

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    Well, they ate the cooked turnips and butternut squash. BUT they left the cooked green beans. I guess it's official - they have no intention of eating green beans raw or cooked! What!!! How can anything not eat snap beans???

    Today they added raw watermelon to their list of "OK" things.

    I gotta say pigs do not deserve their reputation for "eating anything". And I'll never use the expressions "hog it down" nor "pig out" again. Yea, they eat what they like with gusto, but they ARE quite discerning.

    Our beloved chickens are far less finicky! LOL....and the chickens do not make such snuffing and scuffing noise either!

    I've decided that to say "pigs oink" is a myth! They grunt, snort, and snuffle! And constantly! We get a huge laugh from them everyday. :D
     
  11. luvrulz

    luvrulz Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Ours won't eat peppers either - raw or cooked!
     
  12. BlueHeronFarm

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    Ours don't like pickles. Don't ask.
    They also do not like citrus, as others pointed out.
    Everything else we have given them, they have eaten - raw veggie scraps, leftovers, they're not picky.
     
  13. Kmac15

    Kmac15 This is my life

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    ours do not eat citrus. Our newest batch does not like whole dried corn, will only eat it if it is the last thing in the trough.
     
  14. Joelle

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    Glad to hear that my pet pig Harry is normal and not just totally spoiled. I get produce leftovers from a farmer's market and it has really been funny to see what Harry likes and does not like. If you give him a big bowl of assorted fruit, he'll first eat his favorites even if it's the smallest thing (like berries) in the bowl and then go back to the rest that he's flung on the floor. He will not touch a cucumber, or carrots (unless cooked), and green beans (cooked or raw) either. I always end up roasting a bunch of veggies in the oven so they don't go to waste. And in order to get him to each lettuce, we have to put salad dressing on it. :shrug:
     
  15. PyroDon

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    Pigs will generally eat anything that doesnt make them sick
    They have good memories and if something make them sick they wont touch it again
     
  16. savinggrace

    savinggrace COO of manure management

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    Wow I'm so suprised they are not over the moon about watermelon! Mine would smell the melons when I took them out of the truck!

    Mine wouldn't eat zucchini squash. :shrug: I don't think we ever ended up with green beans when I was getting overripe produce.

    Interesting!
     
  17. Turkeyfether

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    Do NOT like carrots or citrus.

    They DECIMATE , quite quickly, pumpkins. Love them!

    Mine eat green beans & yellow wax beans quite quickly . No problem.

    They LOVE eggs.

    Does anyone know if they eat rutabega? I have a lot of seed I was going to plant.
     
  18. Oldman in KY

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    I've been reading this thread with interest. The only thing our Tams have ever walked away from was bell peppers. They won't touch them!

    We have a friend in the donut business and we get all of his leftovers. You do not want to be between our pigs and the donuts - they think heaven has arrived.

    We have a neighbor who raises crickets. We get his dead breeders and feed them to the pigs. They are about 50% protein and I mix them with a lower protein quality feed. Some days they pick out the crickets first - some days they are eaten last. Who knows?

    Ours have always eaten turnips right out of the field. I plant a mixture of turnips and rape and they will eat the greens and then root out the turnip without ever moving to the next spot.
     
  19. GREENCOUNTYPETE

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    yes there is definitly somthing to it i had a biology teacher that talked about some of the things they tried in college in the sixties he said his room mate tried smoking dried banana peel and it was the worst trip he ever took.

    they say if you take anything long enought you will have a bad trip ,

    i would say your pig had a bad trip....
     
  20. Rocky Fields

    Rocky Fields Failure is not an option.

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    Hey.

    Add clowns to the list...they don't eat 'em cause they taste funny;-)

    RF