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what should I not feed my pigs?

Discussion in 'Feeding Time - Pigs' started by sixofus09, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. Nov 20, 2011
    sixofus09

    sixofus09 Chillin' with the herd

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    Title says it all. Just want to know some things I shouldn't feed them. They are 12 weeks old. Duroc whites and Duroc yorks.
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    Royd Wood

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    Heres 3 I wouldnt feed
    Fish, onions and garlic.
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    77Herford

    77Herford The Farm Zookeeper

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    Besides raw meat, I haven't found a food they can't eat. Younger pigs you need to be more careful with.
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    Truscifi

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    Garlic is a natural treatment for intestinal parasites. It is won't hurt them. I have read that you shouldn't feed them avocados, though I don't remember why.
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    MillieMoo

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    Raw taters
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    animalfarm

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    Raw eggs, boiled are fine.
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    Cornish Heritage

    Cornish Heritage Overrun with beasties

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    We feed our pigs raw eggs regularly & never had a problem. (Many other pig breeders do the same.) Now some folks out there say that cooked are better as the pig actually gets more nutrients out of them but there are times when I don't have time to cook them. If we get a load then I will cook up a big potful & mash them with the potato masher. Now of course I am talking here about eggs from here on the farm. I make ice cream for us with raw eggs & it is delicious but I always caution folks when purchasing eggs from the store - that is a totally different matter - goodness knows what conditions those eggs have been in!

    Liz
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    SowdersHomestead

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    Anyone feeding grass clippings and shredded leaves?
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    MillieMoo

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    Yes, all the time.
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    animalfarm

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    The following is an exert from the Merck Veterinary manual. www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/182701.htm

    Biotin:
    This vitamin is present in a highly available form in corn and soybean meal, but the biotin in grain sorghum, oats, barley, and wheat is less available to pigs. There is evidence that when these latter cereal grains are fed to swine, especially breeding animals, biotin may be marginal or deficient. Reproductive performance in sows appears to improve with biotin additions. Though not as clear, there is evidence that reproductive performance also is improved with addition of biotin to corn-soybean meal diets. In some instances, biotin supplementation decreased footpad lesions in adult pigs. For insurance, biotin supplementation is recommended, especially for sow diets. Raw eggs should not be fed to pigs because the egg white contains a protein, avidin, that complexes with biotin and renders it unavailable.


    I have a lot of spare eggs around here with all my chicken projects running amok. I also feed a diet based on wheat and since I am breeding my sows, I boil the eggs. I chose not to take the chance of raw eggs with the volume they get. I have been known to throw some dirty or cracked raw eggs in their direction rather then risk breaking yet another egg in my pocket on the eventual trip back to the house. The source of the eggs is not relevant to the effects they have on the pig; just on us. :D

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