What do you feed pigs?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by jaketheeggman, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. jaketheeggman

    jaketheeggman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2010
    Green Bay WI
    I am thinking about getting a pig but have no idea what they eat? Is there something you buy from the feed store or what? [​IMG]

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Last edited: Jun 15, 2011
  2. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2010
    I am assuming this is a butcher hog you want to get for meat in about 6-9 months you will have meat. It is better to get two. It is competition for food. I like to get my pigs I raise as young as possible.

    If they are 50lbs or less you feed "hog starter" it is medicated. I usually do a bag of that for 1-2 pigs then I move up to buying "grower" the next time I need feed for them. They stay on this till about a month before your butcher time and then switch to "finisher". I also add in cracked corn and give 1/2 and 1/2 of each. It is ideal to have a feeder and mix some feed up and keep filling their feeder when empty.

    I did not do that, I feed x2 a day.....like a 3 qt metal scoop. My pigs gained good weight on that. When they are very younng feed way less and you may have to make a mush with milk to get them use to eating.

    I would also give a touch of sweet cob if I had it every other day or so they love it. I would also give a small flake of alfalfa every other day they really like it too.

    My pigs loved milk and bread, yougurt, pretty much all vegie and fruit scraps, pasta, cooked potato skins if you don't eat them, cake etc. NO chocolate or meat.
  3. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
    We feed our pigs grain any and all scraps from the kitchen except bones,chocolate etc. We do feed our pigs meat like turkey from thanksgiving ,hot dogs,ham,lunch meat etc.

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