What Do Pigs Eat?Written by Lillian Tram on February 27th, 2016
Have you ever wondered what a pig eats, or how much it would cost to feed a pig? Well, keep reading and you will find out all about the pig’s favorite foods and just how much money you can save by feeding your animal with the food you already have …food that you would normally waste.
Food and Nutritional Needs of a Pig
Pigs are, well, pigs! They eat pretty much everything that they can find to eat and lots of it. Whether they are free to roam the fields or are confined to a pen, pigs still need a variety of foods for a healthy life. Foods like leftover fruits and veggies, fresh, outdated or soured milk …oh they absolutely love milk! Grains and nuts are also needed to balance the needs in a pig’s diet as well, and it’s very important to make sure they have plenty of fresh water to drink. Just like humans, pigs need water.
As humans, people have a lot of leftover food from nearly every meal that is stored in the refrigerator, but a lot of times these dishes and desserts are never eaten. What better way to keep from wasting all of that food than to save it for a pig! They do get so much pleasure from the tasty treats that we find not so tasty! So as you can see, keeping and feeding a pig can be very cost efficient!
All of the prep scraps are great too. Potato and apple peelings, apple cores, banana peels, any fruit or vegetable peeling or unused cuts are perfect to add to the scrap bucket; that’s right, a scrap bucket! You should choose one that has a tight fitting lid. Usually, a plastic three or five gallon bucket with a handle and well-sealing lid works best. After each emptying of the bucket, it can be easily rinsed out and used again.
How Many Pigs Are You Feeding?
If you are raising a single pig without having a farm, then you should probably buy a grain mix and add your household scraps to that for a great diet. However, if you have a farm and are raising several pigs, your animals will be even happier and healthier if you throw in some grass hay/alfalfa.
If you have a garden, the pigs can easily cultivate for you when the harvest is finished by eating all of the roots from previous crops. This also loosens the soil which makes it easier to prepare the land for your next planting session, and allows the pigs use their natural instincts to root. Most certainly, rooting is something that pigs all love to do. This is the best natural weed removal also. What more could a farmer want?
The Life of a Pig is Grand!
“Yep, fellas, the grass IS greener on the other side!” “Let’s call it a day, I am stuffed.” “We can start the next field tomorrow.” Can you imagine the snorts and grunts pigs make while eating turned into conversations like yours and mine? Ah, the life of a pig! Eat, sleep,eat, and mud baths!
What more can a pig want?