Feeding advice, and how to tell if a pig is fat


Chillin' with the herd
Jan 2, 2020
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Upstate SC
Guinea Hogs are lard hogs, so they are bred to get fat. In our experience they tend to grow pretty slowly, though this might have to do with how much we feed them. This year we have had four adults and six babies/half-grown pigs in our pasture together. All are Guinea Hog/Ossabaw mix except one, a Red Wattle (who looks gigantic, though much leaner, next to the others). For ALL of these pigs, we give one five-gallon bucket of feed per day, plus kitchen scraps several days a week. We also usually get some spent brewer's grain 1-2 days a week (we feed two five-gallon buckets at a time), and occasional buckets of farmer's market cast-off produce. Our pigs get hefty looking all around and their jowls are quite fat, but they don't have dragging bellies or an extra fold of fat in the cheek.

Pigs ALWAYS act hungry!! They will squeal like they're dying of hunger if they think you've got food, even if they have just eaten.