What to feed to your pigs and what to avoid feeding to your pigs
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What Do Pigs Eat?

What do pigs eat? When starting out raising pigs, my number one question regarded their diets. What can they eat and what should they avoid?

For right now our pigs are raised on concrete but I like to supplement them with fresh foods and scraps to make sure their diet is well rounded, beyond the pig pellets we provide from our local feed mill.

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Our pigs enjoying watermelon- two weeks out from butchering.

Pig Friendly Foods

Pigs are famous for eating all of the scrap on the farm, and it’s true there are so many things pigs can eat. Pigs have a special ability to release toxins, giving them the ability to eat a wide array of foods.

Our compost pile suffers when there are pigs on the farm, because fridge clean out days means a meal for the pigs instead of adding to our compost. We avoid giving them anything rotten, but fruits and veggies a bit past their prime are perfect for the pigs.

  • apples
  • green beans and their plants
  • beets and their tops
  • carrots and their tops
  • lettuce
  • grapes
  • cucumbers
  • zucchini
  • squash
  • spinach
  • carrots
  • pears
  • berries
  • melons
  • peaches without pits
  • pumpkins
  • peas

What Not To Feed Pigs

Although pigs are great, there are some things that you don’t want to feed your pigs, whether it’s unhealthy, toxic, or will just plain make their meat taste bad, here is a list of things to avoid.

  • raw meat
  • raw eggs
  • potatos
  • unripened tomatoes and tomato plants
  • broccoli plants
  • cabage
  • celery
  • celery root
  • onions
  • rhubarb
  • parsnip
  • avacado
  • turnips

If you’re interested in raising your own pigs for meat, check out my comprehensive post of raising pigs for meat sustainably!

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