Since they´ve been getting Oxbow hay and pellets free choice, and I give them high quality vegetables, I don´t ever see them eating their special poops anymore. I give them a small plateful of red and yellow peppers, parsley, kale, broccoli, and carrots. When I noticed them eating the special poops back in November, I was only giving them broccoli and carrots, and the overall amount of vegetables was much smaller than what I give now.
Is it possible that they get enough nutrients from their current diet that they don´t need the supplements they would otherwise get from the special poops?
The cecal pellets have been through the digestive system once, but there´s still nutritive value in them, so in eating them again, they´re broken down further and thus the pig is able to utilize 80% of the food it eats, leaving very little waste. A most efficient system.
Do you think it´s possible that when I first got them, they were eating ALL their poops, and that´s why it seems as if they don´t eat the special ones anymore? I remember they used to reach down and eat one after another, within seconds. Sometimes they would eat up to five in a row in a very short time. Scott
I like the closed circuit t.v. idea. My neice\´s pig is very young and I see him do it all the time but when I first brought my chewie home he was the same way and now he is much sneaker about it. I hardly see any of my boars get there little treats. My Andy has gotten rather big and he pushes them out and then turns around and eats the he is 3.4 pounds right now a solid chucky boy.