Special Poops

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CenterFielderNo5

Post   » Sat Apr 06, 2002 8:36 pm


When I first got my pigs home 5 months ago, they would eat a lot of their special poops.

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?

Thanks.

pigpal

Post   » Sat Apr 06, 2002 8:54 pm


The cecal pellets (special poops) are softer and lighter in color than the regular beanie poops we see around the cage. Have you seen any different looking poops around? If not, they must be eating them when you´re not looking, as they have to go somewhere!

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.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sat Apr 06, 2002 9:35 pm


They are also kind of smelly and soft. You would notice them lying around and getting squished (and an odor). Most likely they are getting eaten, as Pigpal describes.

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CenterFielderNo5

Post   » Sat Apr 06, 2002 10:01 pm


I do see most of the bigger poops seem to be multi-colored. They sort of have a light brown stripe down the middle with darker brown/black stripes on the sides.

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

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sat Apr 06, 2002 10:30 pm


I think they´ve just gotten more shy (better manners).

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CenterFielderNo5

Post   » Sun Apr 07, 2002 3:15 am


LOL, I was thinking just the opposite, but that´s because I was applying human values to my reasoning. I figured that when I first brought them home, they would be less likely to have poor manners, because they hardly knew me yet. Then after some time passed, they´d be less self-conscious, thereby decreasing their manners. But piggies are the opposite of humans in so many ways. That´s why I like them so much.  :))  :P
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KarasKavies
For the love of my girls!

Post   » Mon Apr 08, 2002 5:06 am


I love your description of the multi-colored poops! My girls have those also. Isn´t it odd, however, that we both know that?! Again, I think we all need to get lives!

Kara

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Dobby
I gave what I could!

Post   » Mon Apr 08, 2002 10:45 am


I can´t recall a time when I´ve ever seen a so-called special poop, let alone seeing Buddy eat them. Maybe he does it on the sly when I´m not watching.

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Jill

Post   » Mon Apr 08, 2002 11:31 am


One of my girls just gobbles away. The other one is more modest, I´ve never seen her do it in the 3 1/2 years we´ve had her.

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CenterFielderNo5

Post   » Mon Apr 08, 2002 3:55 pm


We´ll just have to install closed circuit television to monitor them when they´re not looking.

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Jill

Post   » Mon Apr 08, 2002 6:33 pm


"Piggie Police" or maybe "Pooper Patrol"

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Becky

Post   » Mon Apr 08, 2002 8:51 pm


...or featured on an episode of Survival or Fear Factor. Let´s see them eat their weight in special poops. Arghhhh!!!

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Dobby
I gave what I could!

Post   » Tue Apr 09, 2002 12:07 am


Gross topic, guys.
I wouldn´t care how out of whack my gut flora was...I wouldn´t eat my own poo.
Shame on these silly piggies!
I´d rather die first.

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LynnK

Post   » Wed Apr 10, 2002 5:17 pm


My digistive system gets out of wack sometimes I agree with Dobby I would never want to do that it\´s bad enough that the doctor\´s I go to make me pea in a dam cup.

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.

Evangeline

Post   » Wed Apr 10, 2002 10:46 pm


Dobby-
You know when your pig bends over and grooms himself? Well, he looks like he´s grooming, but he´s reaching down and eating the special poops. They rarely fall on the ground. The pig eats them directly as they come out.

How about a piggy kiss, now?

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lisam

Post   » Thu Apr 11, 2002 12:01 am


Lots of animals eat their own poop, or that of their mother. Baby horse kisses can be pretty smelly sometimes.

I think something is wrong with Dust Bunny--he hasn´t been eating his soft ones, just smearing them all over the floor. Maybe he is just mad at me again.

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