Those are the only tricks I know... The picky one apparently doesn't have the "I want what you have" instinct cause she sees the other one eating them all the time, and of course just setting them in the food bowl and waiting it out doesn't work either because the other one just eats them right away. I've tried offering veggies during laptime alone, but no dice so far. She'll sniff at them but ultimately turn up her nose.
She will take a hay seed blossom/flower thing from my hand, and she will nibble a little at the Oxbow Vitamin C cookies or "Simple Rewards" baked treats. I've been trying to think if I could use those somehow in getting her to try fresh veg, but no ideas have come to my head. Now would be the time to get her to try new foods since she's still young... So far I've tried lettuce, red bell pepper, carrot, cucumber, and banana. It's been about a month so far- I'll keep trying new foods to see if I can find one that'll click with her, but anyone have any suggestions, ideas, or tricks in the meantime?
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My trick is, that when a pig is not tempted even by a cage buddy, as soon as the trusts you, to chew veggies right in front of their nose, repeating the word you use fr serving pellets and hay constantly, like nommies, yummies, etc. Never failed me so far in oh so many years.
I posted back in 2006:
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=27224&p=727680&hilit=mince#p727680Some people finely mince some of the vegs and sprinkle some over a small amount of pellets. If you've ever hand fed a pig with a syringe, it might be possible to juice a few of the vegs and syringe the juice. Also, there's a good chance the new pig you get will be a vegetable eater. Competition and demonstration may help.
bpatters has a few additional tips! I am sure you will win!
I started introducing her and her sister to the rest of the herd today, too, but forgot that she's still dependent on the alfalfa pellets for calcium since she's still pretty little. And since I can't just switch her to timothy pellets and give her some calcium-rich veggies to make up for it, can't move her to the big cage yet which is a bummer cause floor time introductions went really, really well. And also because she and her sister are getting a bit big for the quarantine cage.... hurry up, Daisy! Learn to eat your veggies! o:<
Maybe it's time to see if she'll take pepper juice from a syringe.