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post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by monster1 

so about how much does real pig feed cost and for how much?  can't seem to find it at tsc.  this homestead thing seems to cost more than going to the grocery store, if you can believe that.


I don't know what stores you have in California- but here in Texas the TSC is about twice the price compared to our Farm Bureau Ag store and other local feed stores are cheeper than TSC.  I only shop there for feed stuffs when I get caught needing something on Saturday afternoon or Sunday.  A bag of sweetfeed with 12% protein is right at $7.00/ 50lbs.  I don't know about specific pig feed.

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post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by monster1 

so about how much does real pig feed cost and for how much?  can't seem to find it at tsc.  this homestead thing seems to cost more than going to the grocery store, if you can believe that.


Locally here we pay between $11.69 to $12.49 depending on the day.   That is for 50 pounds of pig and sow grower.

post #23 of 29
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ok.  i have found two different feeds.  tsc has hog feed for $13.50 a bag.  ace hardware has purinea sow and pig for $12.99 a bag.  the feed store has their brand for the same price.  i think they are all about 15% protein.  which is best?  does it really matter?

i only eat beef, chicken, pork, and lamb.  other than that, i am strictly vegetarian.
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i only eat beef, chicken, pork, and lamb.  other than that, i am strictly vegetarian.
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post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by monster1 

ok.  i have found two different feeds.  tsc has hog feed for $13.50 a bag.  ace hardware has purinea sow and pig for $12.99 a bag.  the feed store has their brand for the same price.  i think they are all about 15% protein.  which is best?  does it really matter?


i think this is your choice now they are probably the same stuff. they are both 15% so i would go with the cheaper price!

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Dont expect anything and you won't be disappointed

The greatest DW, 2 Girls, 1 St. Bernard, 1 cat, 2 milk goats, 7 pigs, 2 American Game hens, 65 chickens from buff orpingtons, Rhode island reds, domineckers, brown leg horns,
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post #25 of 29
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i'll just get the pig and sow feed and call it a day.

i only eat beef, chicken, pork, and lamb.  other than that, i am strictly vegetarian.
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i only eat beef, chicken, pork, and lamb.  other than that, i am strictly vegetarian.
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post #26 of 29

I have two yorkshire hogs, honestly I feed them almost anthing.  If you are buying feed you would do well to get a high protein feed for them like 16% to 12%.  I also give em all of the hickory nuts I can pick up along with acorns.  During the winter months i have found it best to feed them half corn chops with protein feed.  This ensures they build some fat on them as well.  Then again I also love that fatty bacon.

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I have a wonderful wife, 2 kids,18 different types of birds some mixed some purebred golden duck wing Phoenix.
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post #27 of 29

We just sent our yorkshire/landrace crosses off to the butcher last week. We fed them a 14% pig food. We also gave them vegetables from the garden in the spring, fresh oats from the garden, acorns, hickory nuts, and other things. Can't wait to get the meat back!!!

Kim
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post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by annmarie 

I'm sure this isn't the healthiest but my father once raised 8 pigs almost entirely off of Burger King food.  Since they have to throw away any burgers or fries that have sit around for more than 3 minutes or something, they always have a few garbage bags full of the stuff at the end of each day.  My brother in law worked for the company at the time and was allowed to bring it all home each night.  To this day I can't drive past a fast food place without the image of a group of pigs squealing in delight over a trough of whoppers, fries, and onion rings. lol


Sounds like my kids when I bring home happy meals.....

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1 amazing wife, 1 Son, Two Daughters, 2 Dom Roosters, 4 Barred Rock Hens, 2 Mallard Ducks (hen laying on 6 eggs as we type) 2 Yorkshire pigs
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post #29 of 29

A guy I work with has kept hogs for many years for consumption not for show. He feeds mainly waste candy from M7M mars corp. Gets a 55 gallon drum full for around $25 (it weights around 300lbs!!)- he supplements some grain and table scraps but main part of their diet is candy. His sausage is the best I have ever had.  Not very much grease and so tender it crumbles in your mouth.  His hogs seem happy - no health problems and they breed like crazy. 

On the flip side of that a local meat market brags about there 100% grain fed sausage - we bought some to try and there was no grease in the skillet after cooking - this sausage was tough and chewy it was aweful! I guess you just have to find a medium your happy with. 

Lots of options with an animal who is not picky about what they eat.

Patrick and Natasha-5 year old Son, 2 year old Daughter, 1 year old Son, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 Snake, 3 BR, 7 Welsummer and  3 EE's, 6 BR/Cochin mixes , 4 buff orpingtons, 4 Black Australorps,  3 blue Australorp chicks and 1 BLRW chick in the brooder and 3 eggs of each in the 'bator...The list just keeps growing!!

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Patrick and Natasha-5 year old Son, 2 year old Daughter, 1 year old Son, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 Snake, 3 BR, 7 Welsummer and  3 EE's, 6 BR/Cochin mixes , 4 buff orpingtons, 4 Black Australorps,  3 blue Australorp chicks and 1 BLRW chick in the brooder and 3 eggs of each in the 'bator...The list just keeps growing!!

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