What are some eating habits of pigs
Here are a few words about pig nutrition in general.
We have been keeping and breeding pigs ourselves since 1998 and didn't know much at the beginning. In the last few years we have been able to gain a lot of experience, which we are of course happy to pass on. At that time we were also very grateful for any help and had to learn a lot first. We too made one or two mistakes at the beginning. Of course you can ask a hundred different breeders and you get a hundred, more or less different answers. Every breeder has his own “recipes” for how to best feed his pigs, some will reveal them and others will not. Unfortunately, we also received tips back then that were anything but healthy for a pig. It is always best, if you are not sure, to get an opinion from several breeders.
There are sometimes very hair-raising feed recommendations for pigs on the Internet. Some seem to me to be ideal for making a pig sick or killing it quickly, but not for nourishing it healthily. No pig in the world can be fed permanently with soaked rolls or bread, not even with chicken feed, only grass, hay, straw and water are not sufficient (winter) feed ... a pig is also not a garbage can. If you like them, you should never offer your animals things that make your stomach upset at the sight of them.
Pigs are omnivores; that's right, they eat both animal and vegetable foods. Basically a pig eats almost everything, but whether it is healthy and good for the pig should already be decided by the person. Food that is spoiled or moldy must not be fed. In the past, pigs were fed whatever was left in the kitchen. This is no longer permitted today for reasons of animal disease avoidance and meat hygiene.
First you should differentiate between fattening, hobby or breeding animals. The question should be asked: what do I intend to do with the animal (fattening - I want to slaughter it later), does the animal have to do something (breeding), or is it just a pet for me like a dog or a cat?
It is best to feed something from everyone, the food should always be varied. We don't want to eat the same thing every day. You should avoid industrially produced ready-made feed when feeding. Pigs should be fed in moderation, not in bulk, as needed. Feeding a pig healthy amounts is much easier than having to follow a violent diet later. Pregnant sows and sows with piglets should of course be fed more abundantly, as should animals that are still growing. Every day there should be basic forage made from a meal mix, the amount depending on age and size. You should go a bit according to the look of the pig, not every pig uses the feed rations in the same way. It is like with humans, one needs little to get fat and the other can eat what he wants and still stay slim.
Pigs have more smell and taste buds in their trunks than a dog. In field conditions, they spend a large part of the day searching for food, digging through the ground looking for roots, worms and other tasty things. Sometimes you don't even want to know where the trunk was and what they ate. The food spectrum of pigs also includes grass and herbs, berries and fruit, carrion or even prey animals caught alive such as mice, snails and insects.
Unfortunately, domestic pigs are not offered such a wide range of food in pure stables. Industrially produced pig feed covers the animals' energy and nutrient requirements and ensures good and fast mastering, but neglects the species-specific requirements of our pigs, apart from all the additives that are in this feed.
For optimal pig nutrition, we recommend feeding green fodder, hay and straw, beets, potatoes, fruit, vegetables, Grain only crushed or squashed (otherwise it comes out as it went in) and a natural pasture to graze and look for roots and worms ... Pigs also like to eat quark, yoghurt, milk, eggs or a piece of bread. If the dry forage is scattered on the clean floor, the pigs can look for it and root, which at the same time provides employment. Our pigs also love to eat acorns, beechnuts, walnuts and chestnuts. Pigs also like to eat hay, silo and straw, it is an ideal activity and satiety feed.Daily handling of the animals can be made easier by feeding delicacies directly from the hand. The animals behave more calmly and are used to the safe presence of humans in their vicinity.
Important!!! Pigs drink a lot. Unfortunately, the old rumor that pigs don't need water if they get enough greens to eat is still very persistent. THAT'S WRONG!
Pigs consume a lot of water often and throughout the day. The water requirement of sows with piglets is between 10 and 20 liters per day when feeding a lot of dry feed, and even more on hot days. Even piglets drink water from the first week of life. The water requirement is of course not the same every day, but it is there. It is therefore essential to offer every pig fresh water every day.
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