Can pigs eat alfalfa pellets?

2020-06-30 by No Comments

Can pigs eat alfalfa pellets?

While high-quality alfalfa hay is a good protein source, the low digestible energy content of alfalfa hay compared to cereal grains limits its use in many swine diets. Therefore, feeding alfalfa hay to weaned and growing pigs is generally not recommended.

Will alfalfa hurt pigs?

Cantharidin can severely injure or kill pigs when even a small amount is ingested. Pigs come into contact with cantharidin by ingesting alfalfa hay that has been infested by blister beetles. Pigs that ingest a massive amount of toxin may show signs of severe shock, and unfortunately, die within hours.

Can potbelly pigs eat alfalfa pellets?

Bermuda hay and Timothy hay are healthy choices for potbellied pigs. Alfalfa hay is too rich in calories for most pet pigs. If your pig has never eaten hay before, you can encourage consumption by wetting hay with a small amount of apple juice or other fruit juice.

Can you mix alfalfa pellets with grain?

Even though alfalfa pellets generally cost more than bales of hay, there is zero waste with the pellets. Just as we mix the pellets into the grain for the goats, we also mix it with the pigs’ grain.

Can you feed hogs horse feed?

As long as it’s a part of the ration and not the whole ration, I would think horse feeds are generally safe for pigs. My roaming sows clean up after my senior horse who seems to spill half his pellets everyday and have never had a problem.

How do you feed alfalfa pellets?

For horses that are fast eaters, you can mix the pellets with their feed or soak them in water before offering them to your animal. Pellets are not a substitute for long forage in your horses’ diet, Cubes are too hard for most horses to eat in the form they are bought.

How much should a mini pig eat per day?

Feed mini pigs between 1-2% of their body weight daily. The feeding amounts are guidelines and should be adjusted based on the mini pig’s body condition, activity level, other foods offered, environmental temperatures, and social structure. Feed twice per day.

Should you soak alfalfa pellets?

For those that struggle to chew, Alfalfa Pellets can be fed soaked prior to feeding. To soak Alfalfa Pellets you can use hot or cold water.

Can I feed alfalfa pellets instead of hay?

Remember, pellets are not a substitute for all your horse’s forage needs, it can replace alfalfa hay if your animal has other hay or grass, but a horse must consume long-stem forage for proper digestion. Also, note that one pound of alfalfa pellets has the same nutritional value as one pound of hay.

Do Hogs need salt blocks?

Salt is especially important for gestating and lactating sows, and can be useful as a carrier for other nutrients essential for swine. Never offer a salt or mineral block freely to pigs, especially pasture pigs that may spend time outside with other livestock species where mineral blocks are provided.

How do you feed alfalfa pellets to pigs?

We fill a bucket half to two-thirds full with alfalfa pellets and then cover it with water by about an inch and let it soak for at least half an hour. The pellets fall apart and swell up a little, and we mix them into whatever else we are feeding the pigs that day, and they gobble up all of it.

Why are alfalfa pellets good for a horse?

Alfalfa Pellets are a premium protein source of nutrition for animals needing maintenance to higher levels of digestible energy. Alfalfa is often the preferred forage for horses because of its high quality and good roughage value. Highly digestible and simple to feed.

How big do pellets of alfalfa need to be?

In the title photo, I have the regular alfalfa pellets on the left, which are 1/4 inch, and the organic pellets are on the right, which are 5/32 inch in diameter. We also feed alfalfa pellets to our American Guinea Hogs when they don’t have access to fresh pasture.

What kind of pellets do guinea pigs eat?

Alfalfa has increasingly become a common ingredient in some commercial guinea pig pellets.