She was never fed veggies before coming to our house, besides carrots.
During quarantine she wouldn't touch a single veggie i gave her besides carrots, strawberries and tomatoe, but just a few nibbles(except carrot).
After introductions and living with the two older sows(two weeks ago) i was hoping she would start taking more interest in veggies. She started eating romaine since then and the ocasional green pepper, but just a few bites and goes back to eating pellets or hay.
When i put their dinner plate full of veggies in the cage, she shows no interest in it, she hardly ever tried to approach it. I tried putting a little bowl of veggies near her hideout for her, but again she just nibbles on them and then the other pigs come and eat her share.
I don't really know what to do with her, i have to go on vacations for 3 weeks in around a month, and my mother in law will come and give them veggies, but i'm worried Lilly won't touch them and get sick.
I thought she would start getting interested in them once she saw the other pigs eating, but not really. She just sits in her hideout, or goes and eat hay.
Do you guys have any advice, or have been in the same situation? Do you think that in a month or so she will eat like the other pigs?
She has been gaining weight, but it's mostly because i give her veggies from my own hand during lap-time, but i really need her to start eating with the other pigs in the cage because i'll be gone for 3 weeks in a month...
Help me convince her that veggies are good!
Same thing during lap-time since she just becomes a statue if she doesn't know the person who is handing her veggies(she won't eat from my husband's hand but from mine she will)
If you can get your MIL to hold her with some veggies then you won't have to worry.
He spent at least six months here before he really warmed up to us and obviously began to trust us. He used to scream like the girl that just classically went upstairs and then twisted her ankle and fell down when the madman serial killer is two feet away in your standard B rated horror movie. lol He was so dramatic about it! He only did this when being picked up and otherwise was a calm, sweet pig, but it didn't matter where he was being picked up from. Take him out of his cage - screaming ensues. Pick him up off of the floor - more screaming. Even passing him from lap to lap caused it if we were not super quick about it. We came to the conclusion that he was not used to being handled and having his feet off of the ground freaked him out because he, like Lilly, was happy once he was held and being petted. You know, maybe he had heard the saying "When pigs fly!" and thought we were going to test his wings. That's certainly how he acted about it. Today he is still a little freaked out when he's lifted, but there is very, very rarely any screaming. He usually just gets a little wide eyed, squirmy, and burbles his disapproval until his feet hit something solid again. Trying to put him on his back will definitely bring back the B movie queen i him, though! We are going to get him one of Weaver's Cozy Cavy cups to sit in when we have to pick him up. Hopefully this will help him feel more secure since he will not have his little feet kicking in midair.
He also was very picky about his veggies and fruits when we got him. Green leaf lettuce was okay, but red leaf and romaine were evil. Parsley was surely poison and cilantro was ok for a nibble or two. Peppers and baby spinach were out of the question altogether. The only sure things were carrots and fruits. Baby had a sweet tooth! He'd gobble anything sweet and ask for more. I kept offering everything, even the "ewwwww....poison!!" veggies and he eventually started trying them and realizing he actually could stomach them. Today he eats a broad range of veggies, but as the years pass and he ages his love of sweets is fading a little. Carrots are still a hit, but he only nibbles most fruits now and prefers his greens instead. I have just recently in the past few months gotten him to eat pepper, but only orange. Green, yellow and red bell pepper is still turned down without so much as a single nibble.
Just keep offering Lilly a variety of healthy foods and she will get brave enough or curious enough to try them eventually. It might overload her little senses if you offer too many types of veg at once, so rotate various combinations at different feeding times. I am not sure how big your other pigs are, but Lilly looks fairly small. Something I learned with my foster pigs (an adult sow acting as a nanny to two young pups) was that it helped to make a space accessable by only the smaller pigs to feed them in. I used a cardboard box with openings only big enough to allow the babies inside. They would get their veg in there and their nanny, Veronica, got hers in her dish. It worked out fairly well for the time being. After a few days I put less veg in their hideout and some outside of it, in between the box and the dish. This made them come out to get what was there after they finished what was inside their box. I kept working them closer and closer toward the dish over the next few days. They've been here 2.5 weeks and everyone eats together now. Veronica gets a little pushy at feeding times occasionally, but the boys are starting to hold their own and push back a little now, too.
I'm done rambling now. Just thought I'd share my stories so you do not think you're alone.
My new girls only had oranges for 9 months, but they have adapted to veggies very quickly for some reason. I now hear a chorus of wheeks at veggie time!
Give her time. She will come around. I would see if your mother in law could assist you with feeding her several times a week now, before you go away, so she will get used to her. Maybe have your mother in law hold her, and you feed her. Then switch, you hold her and have her feed her. Then see if she will let her hold and feed her. Maybe she will adjust to that before you go so you won't have to worry. Good luck!
We also supplemented with vitamin C, since their diet was very poor. You can try having the tablet crushed on a veggie she will eat OR you can crush the tablet, mix it with some water, and immediately syringe it to your pig. We were very naughty and flat out refused to eat vitamin C so out came the syringe.
- Not a Fighter
I have a 2year old pig that I got about 6 months ago. Before he came here, he never ate any veggies. Now he will eat lettuces, but I can't convince him that peppers or other crunchy stuff are good. Time, time and more time.
Eventually your pig will "get it". Maybe she'll always be a little nibbler (but chances are she'll be the biggest one lol)