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Piggies favorite foods??

John4216

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I am wondering what some favorite foods are for your piggies out there...Mine absolutely go wild for fresh grass but with winter here the grass pretty much is gone so I have to rely on store bought items and I'd like to see what other people get for their piggies so I could get some ideas...some of what I feed mine for snacks are:

Timothy Hay (unlimited amount changed daily)
Romaine lettuce
Green beans (fresh not canned)
Cucumbers
Apples (they dont seem to like apples all that well)
Cantalope
Carrot (they love carrots)

Here are a few things I have also tried that they didnt seem to like:
Kale
Spinach
Parsley

So what do your piggies love that I might add to my piggies diet?
 

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My guys really like celery, with the strings removed. I have been told by many that parsley is good for them, my guys like it.

I have found that there are some apples my guys like (sweet like MacIntosh) and some they don't, and I have to peel the skin for them.
 

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Kale is high in Calcium and shouldn't be fed to piggies too often.

My guys love green peppers (although they used to hate them!) and carrots, and Romane.
 

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you guys confuse me i thought kale was good! its their favorite food and pretty cheap so i can afford it now ITS bad too?
 

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Well I am kinda answering my own question in a way with this :)....Here is some statistics I found for different foods going from Highest calcium to lowest:

100 gram portions

309 mg -- Lambs quarters
210 mg -- Spinach, Mustard
208 mg -- Dill Weed
190 mg -- Turnip Greens
187 mg -- Dandelion Greens
145 mg -- Collards
138 mg -- Parsley
135 mg -- Kale
120 mg -- Watercress
119 mg -- Beet Greens
105 mg -- Chinese Cabbage (pak-choi)
103 mg -- Mustard Greens
100 mg -- Chicory Greens
99 mg -- Spinach
81 mg -- Okra
68 mg -- Lettuce, LooseLeaf
67 mg -- Cilantro
65 mg -- Purslane
52 mg -- Endive (Escarole)
51 mg -- Swiss Chard
51 mg -- Chard, Swiss
48 mg -- Broccoli
47 mg -- Cabbage
47 mg -- Rutabaga
42 mg -- Brussels Sprouts
40 mg -- Celery
37 mg -- Sweet Potato Leaves
37 mg -- Green Beans
36 mg -- Lettuce, Romaine
36 mg -- Parsnips
32 mg -- Lettuce, Butterhead (Boston, Bibb)
32 mg -- Alfalfa Sprouts
31 mg -- Squash (winter, all varieties)
30 mg -- Turnip
27 mg -- Carrots
24 mg -- Kohlrabi
23 mg -- Carrots, Baby
22 mg -- Sweet Potato
22 mg -- Cauliflower
21 mg -- Asparagus
21 mg -- Pumpkin
20 mg -- Squash (summer, all varieties)
16 mg -- Beets
14 mg -- Cucumber (with skin)
9 mg -- Peppers,Red
9 mg -- Peppers,Green
5 mg -- Tomato
2 mg -- Corn, White


This information came from this link:

https://guinealynx.info/nutrition.html#veg
 

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Dandelion greens, bok choy and Italian/ flat Parsley. Tomato too.
 
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My Piggy love Parsley the most.

But they also love Kale, carrots, cucumber, Lettuce, Romaine, Tomato and Peppers

And I try to give them Green beans, Watercress, Orange, Cabbage and Alfalfa Sprouts, but they won't even touch them. =( I wonder if they would have enough vitiam C if they don't eat orange
 

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HANDS DOWN- cilantro!
 

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When my pig had a UTI my vet told me not to feed them Kale. Too much calcium can produce bladder stones...I think
 

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Yeah its pretty high on the list with 135mg of calcium...so are dandelion greens I noticed so those are out for my piggies also...
 

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Based on that list, parsley should be a no-no too, but I have seen so many people say they feed their piggies parsley...and my Chip LOVES parsley (he'll steal it from Oliver!)...could this be true? Is parsley bad for piggies???
 

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No, it's a good source of Vit C. You should just offer 2 or 3 strands a day though because it is high in calcium (can lead to stones or sludge).
 

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Okay...that probably means I will have to separate Chip and Oliver (when I feed them parsley), because like I said, Chip will start eating Oliver's when he finishes his own! Thanks for replying so fast!
 

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What about Parsley? My piggy love them and I sometime give them 2-3 springs a day
 

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A small amount a day wouldn't hurt them and having a variety is beneficial for your piggies..giving your piggies parsley or kale or dandelions is not going to hurt them as long as you do it in small amounts and give them other items also....I think the trouble happens when they are given large amounts of these items everyday then it can be harmful...
 
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