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Hi All,
Have you any of you had experience with fussy pigs? My pigs wont eat corn. I have even tried to ferment it a bit for a few days to see if that would improve their taste for it.
I have noticed this with beetroot too. When it comes to the left overs from harvesting our meat chickens and turkeys, they went crazy for it, but should I put whole corn in front of them, they turn their bowls over.
They would even rather chew on a turkey foot that is over a week old.

I am asking for advice on this as the whole corn is somewhat cheaper than the pig pellets and wanted to supplement their diet.
They are fenced off in a smaller area within a paddock that is approximately 0.8 of an acre. I would guestimate that they have rooted up about 3 third of that but I cant let them root up the rest of the pasture as I need some for spring. We do supplement with kitchen scraps as well but some additional thoughts would appreciated.
 
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I've not heard of fussy pigs before, but since their noses are even more sensitive than a dogs, I can imagine there might be something about it that puts them off. I have heard that many animals will favor OP or Hybrid corn over GMO corn if given the option. It's possible that the corn has some chemical or enzyme from GMO aspects that the pigs are picking up on. Cheap corn is often GMO corn (these days, anything not listed as GMO free is pretty much GMO corn though), so that might be a part of it. Of course, buying corn that is GMO free raises the price, so defeats the purpose.
 
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personely I feel they only grow on fresh on the cob corn or corn meal.i am sure they will eat corn meal with water.if you got the time try boiling some whole corn and I am sure they will love it.
 
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I would shy away from giving them poultry scraps as the can carry some nasty stuff.one of those deals where you can feed it ten times,no problem and then have something run through your herd and leave you outta pigs.
 
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Soak the whole corn in water 12-24 hours to sour it. It should have a sour smell, not a rotten stinky smell. Souring the corn makes it easier for the pigs to eat.
 
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I also had fussy pigs, they would not eat turnips, broccoli or cabbage. They did like fresh corn, the whole plant.
I would suggest you try cracked corn as it should soak up water a lot faster than whole corn. I never actually fed it so that is just my guess.
 
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I volunteered at a food bank that was open once a week. At the end of distribution day a hog farmer showed up and hauled off a heaping pickup load of food. He said the only thing his hogs didn't like was potatoes , that is unless he boiled them first. Oh and twinkies.
 
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So my pigs are fussy too and don't like any change in their diet. I would recommend that you stick with your pellets as they should be balanced to their needs. While corn is cheap, it is low protein and low fiber and no nutrients so by the time you add that back in it isn't cheap any more (I know 'cause thats what I do but its how I get a better quality ration). ... and count on them rooting your whole pasture unless you pull them off, sorry!
 
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