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 Post subject: Anybody Raise Pigs?
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2016, 14:15 
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Got two piglets last saturday, 6 weeks old, and I need some help/advice. This is my first time raising pigs, so a lot of this year will be trial and error, but I'm hoping to eliminate some of the errors :wink:

How much bread can I feed them? I get old bread and produce from a grocery store. Anything that is no good gets thrown away, then my rabbits get produce and the pigs gets fed everything thats left of the produce plus some bread. My grandfather said not to feed them very much bread, how much is too much?

I bought pig feed at the feed store, and when I put it in their feed tray, they seem to just mush it all up into dust and not eat it? Not really sure whats going on there

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Raise Pigs?
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2016, 14:20 
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I feed my pigs anything and everything. Never heard of overfeeding them on bread, but some people don't like to feed them meat, they say it changes the taste of them when you butcher them , but I couldn't tell any difference. One thing I don't feed them is feed with ground corncobs in it , they say they cannot digest the corncob.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Raise Pigs?
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Are they gilts or boars? If boars, go on and castrate them while they are young. At six weeks they may not have been off straight milk long enough to learn what feed is. Mix some calf manna or any milk substitute with the pellets to get them started and then once they are eating the feed quit using the milk substitute. I always fed my hogs scraps like doc and if I didn't have scraps it was shorts and pellets until near butchering time and then I liked to finish them on corn to harden the lard.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Raise Pigs?
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2016, 21:44 
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feed them all the bread you can as it sure won't hurt them. I've fed many truck loads of out of date bread to hogs. Pigs like all produce and grass as well. Make sure your pen is solid as them porkers are jail brake artists.


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Raise Pigs?
PostPosted: 03 Jun 2016, 23:55 
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At 6 wks old,(probably they wiegh 5-10 lbs.), I start them on high protein pig pellets until they get to about 20-25 lbs.

Then start pouring the bread, veggies and anything you can to them. Also, don't forget to throw them a few lumps of coal to eat (de-worms them) plus, they like coal.

Then finish them off on corn.


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Raise Pigs?
PostPosted: 06 Jun 2016, 07:44 
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Thanks for the advice, I've been putting the scraps to them, and I tried to keep pellets in front of them at all times. they haven't completely cleaned out their trough yet though.

These are a lot larger than 5-10 lbs at 6 weeks, they're definitely a good 20-30 lbs already

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Raise Pigs?
PostPosted: 06 Jun 2016, 18:24 
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Keep your chickens away from the hog pens. Hogs love to eat chickens and will eat everyone they can get hold of.


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