Nope havn´t had that problem yet. Mine prefer the vegies over thier other food. How much do you give them of the vegtables? Maybe I do not give mine enough. I give only 1 cup of parley a day and 2 baby carrots every other day to each piggie. I wish mine would get tired of veggies and eat more pellets. Good luck~
Ours tire of spinach quickly and parsley and cilantro occasionally. Other vegetables they loose interest in after a few days: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, and even carrots now and then.
They never seem to get tired of romaine, corn husks, and grass.
I did a quick search on the GL forums and came up with only two items regarding green/string beans:
Lynx> Nuts have too much fat. String beans are okay. Beans that are high in carbohydrates and would be dried for use probably aren´t a good choice.
Pinta> Gurney recommends corn silk for sick pigs. I´d be willing to bet these sites are the same sites that say green beans are toxic - a stupid untrue rumour started by an ill-researched food list.
So it sounds like they´re okay. Mine get one string apiece every few days. When they´re in the mood for them, that will be one of the items they grab and run away with to eat privately.
It was a clear case of misinterpreting data and making false asumptions.
Interestingly, all the Hollister pigs I´ve had here have been BIG fruit eaters. Since they´ve been here my pigs have been inspired to eat fruit too! No way would my pigs have eaten oranges before they saw the others eat them!
My guest pigs drive me crazy because they are so damned picky. I keep taking uneaten limp stuff out of their cage and tossing it a the herd who promptly devour it.
I suspect Bim and Bubba would change their aristocratic ways if competition for food was introduced. In fact I´d like to see tasty morsels snatched from their jaws before they even have a chance to taste them.
They now eat tons of things I never would have imagined. Beet greens, chicory greens, endive lettuce, dill (one of their favorites).
Fresh wheat grass daily is something I never miss. I think they´d attack me in my sleep.
I also have noticed that the more pigs one has, the less "picky" they seem to be.
Interestingly, most fruits are higher in Phos. than Ca, supposedly less than ideal.
I think the whole area of gp nutrician is very interesting.
And as Bats said, variety is very important.
- I GAVE, dammit!
You know you are a piggy slave when most of vegetables in your cart are for your four legged children. I can´t keep up with carrots in the garden. I am growing them just for their tops.
If I can entice one pig to try something new, the others usually follow suit if the curious pig doesn´t keel over.
How unkind of you.
<insert self-satisfied smirk here:__>
I can imagine how you feel; my parents and I have been putting up with Bubba and Bim´s airs for Years. I find it especially offensive when they soil the romaine leaves to indicate (I assume) that they are quite done with those, thank you.
On the other hand, they are both fairly cute, so it all kind of evens out.