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How Much Do You Feed Your Pot Belly Pigs?

post #1 of 11
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I have 3 PBPs, one i 6 weeks, one 6 mos. and one is 7 1/2 mos.  How much should I feed them?  Different sites say different things.  One says feed free-choice until about a year, while another says 2 cups ----per day? per feeding?  and the people I got the 7 1/2 mos. old from said 1/2 cup of feed twice a day.  I have been feeding the baby as much as he wants, and the girls about 1-2 cups twice a day each.

Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Mommy to 4 dogs; 5 cats; 3 pygmy goats; 3 pot belly pigs; 40 chickens; one Giant Rainbow Plated lizard; and one beautiful blue and gold macaw!!l
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Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Mommy to 4 dogs; 5 cats; 3 pygmy goats; 3 pot belly pigs; 40 chickens; one Giant Rainbow Plated lizard; and one beautiful blue and gold macaw!!l
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post #2 of 11

no idea but can we see pics? I loooovveee piggies!

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It's hard for me to do pics as I have dial-up.  I have to go to my Hubby's office and use his computer to put them on------I'll try to get him to do it, but he's really busy right now.

Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Mommy to 4 dogs; 5 cats; 3 pygmy goats; 3 pot belly pigs; 40 chickens; one Giant Rainbow Plated lizard; and one beautiful blue and gold macaw!!l
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Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Mommy to 4 dogs; 5 cats; 3 pygmy goats; 3 pot belly pigs; 40 chickens; one Giant Rainbow Plated lizard; and one beautiful blue and gold macaw!!l
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post #4 of 11

tonguebig_smile Dare you say!! PIG PICS!!
Heres Luna she is 8 weeks old!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/lunasayshi.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/lunasupper2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/Lunasbow3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/lunasbottle.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/Lunasbow12.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/lunasbow3-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/luna2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/Luna4.jpg
Luna and Tumbler my Fuzzy Lop buck!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/lunaandtumbler.jpg
This is Savanna shes 11 weeks old
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/savanna5.jpg
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The 11 week old herd waiting for supper!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/piggiesandbucket.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/Picture023-3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/lookingoutatdinnertime.jpg
More piggie pics
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/IMG_8762.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/Picture107-1.jpg
This is my sow Millie in labor  with 8 babies (notice her biting her shelter!) beside a giant buff cochin hen that is laying on a nest for size comparison when the cochins are standing beside them they are taller then these piggies
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/?action=view&current=Picture057-1.mp4

My boar little man begging for a scratch
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/?action=view&current=MVI_8328.mp4
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/Picture194-2.jpg
LOL here he is with some more giant cochins
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/piccys020.jpg
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As a baby!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v251/Leeannakay/chicpics033.jpg

OatWheat Farm's/UltraSoft Rabbitry and Caviery
Giant Cochins, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Frizzle Bantam, Silver Penciled Rocks.  Call Ducks, Black East Indy,Fawn & White Runner, India Blue BS Peafowl, Ringneck Pheasants &  Miniature Pet Pigs, American Short Haired Guinea Pigs and NZ Red, Miniature Rex, American Grey  Rabbits.

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OatWheat Farm's/UltraSoft Rabbitry and Caviery
Giant Cochins, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Frizzle Bantam, Silver Penciled Rocks.  Call Ducks, Black East Indy,Fawn & White Runner, India Blue BS Peafowl, Ringneck Pheasants &  Miniature Pet Pigs, American Short Haired Guinea Pigs and NZ Red, Miniature Rex, American Grey  Rabbits.

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post #5 of 11

I have a 3 y/o PBP smile Paisley. I agree websites are very confusing! I give her about 2 1/2 - 3 cups a day of pellets. She also gets bread, veggies and some fruit scraps from the kitchen. The best advice I recived was that you should be able to feel their hip bones ( not protruding ) but you should be able to feel them rounded. If you cant see where their hips are supposed to be then your feeding too much.

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HANDMADE SOAPS WITH GOATSMILK, HERBAL & BATH TEAS, CANNED GOODS, DRIED HERBS, CHICKS & DUCKLINGS, RABBITS & MORE
Website - www.cranberrycreekfarm.webs.com
Find us on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cranberry-Creek-Farm/192684620776776
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and BTW, adorable pics!

HANDMADE SOAPS WITH GOATSMILK, HERBAL & BATH TEAS, CANNED GOODS, DRIED HERBS, CHICKS & DUCKLINGS, RABBITS & MORE
Website - www.cranberrycreekfarm.webs.com
Find us on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cranberry-Creek-Farm/192684620776776
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HANDMADE SOAPS WITH GOATSMILK, HERBAL & BATH TEAS, CANNED GOODS, DRIED HERBS, CHICKS & DUCKLINGS, RABBITS & MORE
Website - www.cranberrycreekfarm.webs.com
Find us on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cranberry-Creek-Farm/192684620776776
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post #7 of 11

I have a coffee can (the red ones  name brand coffee but can't remember the name)  and my adults get half of it. Of course mine are currently nursing pigs/in pig  or my boar is breeding and it takes a little more feed for active pigs  I suggest you feed no more then a half a coffee can a day also feed according to AGE and activity and weight. My weaned baby pigs only get 1 cup of feed TWICE a day. Adults only get fed once but have fruits and veggies alot several times a day in small amounts such as watermellon and apples and broccoli strawberries and more but I have a constat supplier of fruits and veggies which most people wouldn't.   Make sure they are wormed often I use Wazine same as the chickens.  The skin on your pigs should be tight not flabby and there should be no bones showing ribs or hip bones.

OatWheat Farm's/UltraSoft Rabbitry and Caviery
Giant Cochins, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Frizzle Bantam, Silver Penciled Rocks.  Call Ducks, Black East Indy,Fawn & White Runner, India Blue BS Peafowl, Ringneck Pheasants &  Miniature Pet Pigs, American Short Haired Guinea Pigs and NZ Red, Miniature Rex, American Grey  Rabbits.

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OatWheat Farm's/UltraSoft Rabbitry and Caviery
Giant Cochins, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Frizzle Bantam, Silver Penciled Rocks.  Call Ducks, Black East Indy,Fawn & White Runner, India Blue BS Peafowl, Ringneck Pheasants &  Miniature Pet Pigs, American Short Haired Guinea Pigs and NZ Red, Miniature Rex, American Grey  Rabbits.

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post #8 of 11

BTW although I have never measured it for sure I think a half of my coffee can would be as CranberryCreekFarms said about 3 cups.

OatWheat Farm's/UltraSoft Rabbitry and Caviery
Giant Cochins, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Frizzle Bantam, Silver Penciled Rocks.  Call Ducks, Black East Indy,Fawn & White Runner, India Blue BS Peafowl, Ringneck Pheasants &  Miniature Pet Pigs, American Short Haired Guinea Pigs and NZ Red, Miniature Rex, American Grey  Rabbits.

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OatWheat Farm's/UltraSoft Rabbitry and Caviery
Giant Cochins, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Frizzle Bantam, Silver Penciled Rocks.  Call Ducks, Black East Indy,Fawn & White Runner, India Blue BS Peafowl, Ringneck Pheasants &  Miniature Pet Pigs, American Short Haired Guinea Pigs and NZ Red, Miniature Rex, American Grey  Rabbits.

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post #9 of 11

The feeding instructions should be on the bag. Most say 1 cup a day for adults. I feed my adults 1 cup 2xs a day.
   My pigs graze on and off all day. During the summer they probably don't even need the pellets, but I can't convince them of that...lol. Plus they get hay.
   I give mine veggies for snacks. Since yours are young this would be a good time to introduce them to veggies. I have an older pig that won't eat veggies but loves fruit. He has a sweet tooth...the brat.
   Mine know where the apple trees are and race each other to get the fallen apples in the fall. They check the trees all day to see if any more apples fell...lol.
   I love the pics of the babies. So cute!

   I type using a bigger font size because my new glasses suck and I can't read anything small with them.

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   I type using a bigger font size because my new glasses suck and I can't read anything small with them.

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post #10 of 11

we fed out PBP til his belly looked full twice a day when he was growing. plus we weighed him all the time to make sure he wasnt loosing or gaining too much.  now that hes almost two we feed him once a day with snacks in the evening.
I would focus on weighing the piggie til hes too big and you cant pick him up instead of trying to measure out food. there is so many variables when feeding by a standard- example your pig might be lazy whereas mine runs around all day > both pigs will require diffrent amounts to sustain a healthy weight. also your pig might have access to acorns , ground nuts , berrys etc whereas mine does not> again both pigs will require diffrent amounts of food .
PIglets are soo fun- enjoy them while you can hold them in your arms smile

This is a pic of Percy in his pen ( in the wooded area exploring)
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84541_may232011_010.jpg

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