Chopping Vegetables?

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Post   » Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:13 pm

Do you cut up your veggies? Is there any compelling reason to do so?

I cut mine up because I dont want one of my boys hoarding an entire half of a green pepper!

However, I was thinking that uncut veggies would give them something to do. Kind of like putting hay in a tube. I don't cut up anything I give the tortoise and she can stay busy for hours because it makes her eat slower.

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Post   » Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:24 pm

I just give the whole veggies. It's fun the watch them get their teeth into a tomato and the just eat around the tomatoe leaving only a ball of seeds. Very fascinating! Also fun to watch them try to drag a celery stalk into the pigloo the wrong way. I have too many videos of them eating!

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Post   » Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:26 pm

I cut them up to make them easier to handle. And yes, easier to share that way too.


Post   » Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:32 pm

My picky little princesses need to have them cut up. I cut the romaine leaves up so they're not left with lettuce bones at the end of dinner. (That's what we call the leftover middle stalks of the romaine that they refuse to have anything to do with. It looks like they've had the veggie version of ribs when they're done with dinner sometimes.)

They won't eat grape tomatoes unless they're cut in half because it's just toooo hard to bite through that tomato skin. Funny, Oreo never had any trouble biting through my skin.


Post   » Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:47 pm

I always cut up their veggies so I can measure about 2 cups. Is there another way you guys gauge how much your pigs should get?

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Post   » Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:51 pm

I tear mine up with my manhands! They get different sized bits this way so they have an adventure with eating.

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Post   » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:31 pm

I tear my veggies into smaller but not tiny pieces. Smudgie is older and eats slower and needs the smaller pieces to keep up with his mini-hog brother. I don't believe they need it though.

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Post   » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:39 pm

I cut most of the veggies except lettuce, cilantro, parsley, spinach-I usually tear thoses up.

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Post   » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:41 pm

Carrots are julienned (good practice actually)
Capsicum is cut into 1cm wide pieces
Cucumber is cut into rounds .5cm thick then quartered
Lettuce is carefully hand shredded with any pieces too watery or icky looking quickly disposed of.
Grape Tomatoes and Grapes are sliced in half because it's too hard to bite through that tough tough flesh *rolls eyes*

...I'm mad aren't I?

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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:15 am

I break up a pepper so someone doesn't steal the whole thing, but other than that, I chuck it in whole. Oh, I chunk carrots, too, 'cause they're too big to eat a whole one. Sometimes, I tear the romain in half just 'cause the sound gets them all excited. We also thread parsley through the grids so they have to work to get it. They are in training for the olympics.

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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:29 am

I tear stuff up, but not real small. I rip up bell peppers because I want everyone to get a fair share.* The only thing I cut is cherry tomatoes and there's a reason but I can't think of it. ;)

* Einie has been known to grab, run and put a piece in the house, and go grab another one. So if there aren't a bunch of pieces, Hoover will still be eating his first piece of romaine while the hidey is full of all the green peppers off the plate.


Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:29 am

...I'm mad aren't I?
That or perhaps you have waaaay too much time on your hands. :-)

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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:34 am

I just shred by hand too. I don't bother with the measuring in a cup anymore as I can pretty much tell now what amounts they should be having.

The only thing I chop carefully is celery when they get it, so that they don't get the nasty stringy bits.

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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:50 am

I cut up capsicum, carrot, cucumber and apple (when it is fed) into chunks. Cherry tomatoes and grapes (when they are fed) are sometimes fed whole, or cut in half. Lettuce leaves are ripped in half. I chop off the bulk of the stemmy bits on the parsley and the bok choy as they dont eat them anyway.

The only reason I tend to cut things up a bit is so that each pig has half a chance of getting similar quantities of food. Knowing Rosie in particular, she would snatch a whole lettuce leaf if she could and go and hide in a corner, sqawking if anyone dared to go close.

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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:23 am

Out of the 13 pigs here, 3 of them get their veggies cut very small. But that is because of health issues. The other 10 just get them torn into smaller pieces.

Who's your Branni?

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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:56 am

I slice celery and fennel up because of the strings and leave everything else in big pieces. It's just too much fun watching them snatch something large off the dinner plate and head for a hiding place, especially when they both head for the same hiding place and then pretend they're alone.

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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:06 pm

I think tonight I am gonna drop a few normal sized leaves of lettuce in and see what happens.

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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:10 pm

I cut mine into big chunks of different shapes but feed lettuce leaves and other greens whole :)

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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:13 pm

Half the fun of feeding veggies is using your MAN (or WOMAN) hands to tear em up right near the cage.

My pigs go nuts cause they know its veggie time when I do that :P

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