The Nutritional Needs of Mini Pigs

The entirety of a pigs’ diet should be made up of plant products as well as the right amount of pellet foods. It is also important to realize that pigs love to eat a lot, as an owner you should make sure that your pigs’ nutritional needs are met. It is actually quite simple – a balanced diet for pigs should be made up of high-quality commercial pellets/feeds, hays, fruits, and fresh vegetables. Your pigs also need constant access to fresh water because this too plays a role in your pigs’ digestion. Below are the kinds of food you should feed your pig.

  • Commercial Pellets

When choosing high-quality commercial pellet/feeds to use as your pig’s staple diet, it is highly recommended that you buy something from known reputable brands such as Purina or Mazuri. If you want to know the specific grams or cups to feed for your mini pig, it is better to consult your vet or ask the breeder from whom you purchase the pig so that there would be consistency on the kind of food your mini pig eats. The amount of food highly depends on the weight and breeding of your mini pig, which we will discuss later.

  • Grass Hays/ Grains

Aside from choosing a quality pellet for your mini pig you should also stock up on fresh grass hay and wheat grains. Grass hay is loaded with calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D and other nutrients plus, the process of eating hay helps to keep your pig’s digestive tract healthy and also makes you pig comfortable. Like the pellets, you want to make sure that your hay stays fresh.

  • Fresh Fruits

In addition to fresh hays, you can also feed your rabbit small amounts of fresh fruit. It is also best to consult your vet on the amount of fruit you can give to your mini pig. Usually fruits only serve as treats for your pig. Below are the lists of fruits that are safe for miniature pigs:

  • Apples (no seeds)
  • Bananas
  • Melon
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Breadfruit
  • Gooseberries
  • Canteloupe
  • Coconut
  • Cranberries
  • Durian
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Jackfruit
  • Lemons
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Pear
  • Passion fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Strawberry
  • Star Fruit
  • Peach (no pits)
  • Apricot (no pits)
  • Cherry (no pits)
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon
  • Nectarines (no pits)
  • Cherries
  • Fresh Vegetables

Last but definitely not the least is fresh vegetables. Just like fruits, fresh veggies also serve as treats during training and use as positive reinforcement. Although commercial pellets comprise most of their diet, vegetables should still be included in your mini pigs’ daily diet.

Here is a list of leafy green vegetables that are also safe for mini pigs:

  • Acorn Squash
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Banana Squash
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Black olives
  • Black Radish
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery Root
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Chives
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Dandelion
  • Eggplant
  • Galangal Root
  • Green Beans
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Edamame
  • Lettuce
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Olives
  • Parsnips
  • Peanuts (unsalted)
  • Rhubarb stem/stalk
  • Snow Peas
  • Spinach
  • Spring Baby Lettuce
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip greens
  • Turnips
  • Wasabi Root
  • Watercress
  • Winged Beans
  • Winter Squash
  • Yellow Squash
  • Yucca Root
  • Zucchini

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