- Supporter in '10
They already get all the hay they can handle and pellets from kleenmama, as well as veggies 2x daily. Of course there would be inital costs related to expanding the pig apartment, getting the pigs, going to the vet, etc. which would be extra, but that's a given. I'm more wondering about the week-to-week/month-to-month difference there may be associated with multiple piggies. I recall reading on another post in which others were trying to convince someone to get 2 pigs instead of 1 they said there wasn't much of a difference between one and two... does that hold for 2 and 3 or 4??
Heh, my fiancee is really gonna love this if I get more piggies... =) Someone on here mentioned once I need to write the pigs into the wedding vows.... 'For richer or poorer, in sickness in health, with 2 piggies or 12...'
Multiply that times the number of pigs you want. It will be a large amount.
Of course, most likely not everyone will get sick at the same time- but it can happen that MOST of them will be sick or that 2 or 3 of them will need surgery at the same time. How could you pick if your emergency fund was at the 2 pig size?
I am VERY lucky, I get pellets in 50lb bags (3 at a time), hay by the bale (there are 7 in my closet) and veggie scraps from the produce place (I go about every other day, and its about half an hour in labor separating the good from bad). The killer is vet care. (Sigh, If I could only have a small x-ray machine at home ;) ) The pigs have their own visa.
We often have multiple pigs / animals sick. Right now, Honey is being treated for eye issues, Bella has a infected foot, and Charlie hurt her leg again from running around like an idiot. Meds and feedings are kinda just worked into the daily schedule as needed.
We went from 1 to 2, to 4 to 7. The shift from 2 to 4 was not as noticible as the jump from 4 to 7!
- Supporter in '09
It is true that the more you have the more likely you will have several being treated for medical issues. Especially with an aging herd. I have my own piggies and some fosters and sanctuaries for rescue. Usually somewhere in the low 20's these days. I currently have 6 that are on daily or twice daily meds, creams, etc. AND 1 on handfeeding once per day.
I too buy 50 lb. bags of pellets, plus hay by the bale locally. I have found a little market about 5 miles from me that is worth driving to every few days for produce. I have a major supermarket just a mile from home, but the price difference is dramatic and the quality is still excellent from the less expensive place. I do have a bag of corn husks that I scrounged from the trash barrel in the supermarket's produce dept. though. ;-)
- Supporter in '10
Where do you all get such large quantities of hay and pellets? How many lbs. is a bale of hay anyway?? I saw kleenmama has a 50 lb. bag of pellets, but we do have a few farm stores around where I could possibly get hay.
mmercedesmom - how does the store react to you taking the corn husks? I've seen a few others talk about doing the same and I've been tempted to do so, but I wasn't sure if the employees at the store would be all weirded out.
Sometimes I get my pellets from KM, but usually from the feed store. Luckily they carry Oxbow.
Piggies <3 corn husks. And piggy spaghetti(silks)
- Supporter in '09
If you ask at the stores for scraps or husks they will say no. Too many people have sued stores so they can't officially allow scraps to go for consumption. At least that is what a number of them have told me. If the barrel is sitting there, I load up a bag and at the check out just say they are the husks and they don't charge. If they ask what they are for, I say "crafts". Like corn husk dolls and such if they want specifics. OR they just think I make tamales. ;-)
As for supplies:
>I get a bale of dust-free, kiln-dried pine shavings from my local grain elevator for $5/month($20+ at the pet stores for the same bale)
>I buy 10lb bags of Oxbow pellets from the pet supplies store for $15 and that lasts 2 months
>Hay is from KM's Hayloft and I get a 25lb box every 4-6 months ($35/box from KM = $90 buying in bags at the stores for the same amt)
>Veggies vary, but the husks I talked to my local grocery store (before I started working there) and they looked at me like I was nuts then after finding it was for my animals said "go right ahead". Now that I work for them, I get my husks from the corn we buy and bring home.
The farm supply, if they carry Oxbow, might be able to special order you the larger bags, but keep in mind, only keep on hand what you can use in 6 months - or a year if you freeze - to prevent degredation of nutrients (I think those are the times... correct me if I am off!)
I put the corn husks (Note: easier to get rid of the silk at the store than at home) in a plastic bag. I always declare the corn husks to the cashiers at the front.
I pretty much get strange looks/comments from the cashiers as to why I would be concerned about 'stealing' corn husks. I told them you wouldn't believe how some stores act about taking them - you get refused, etc. I've had carrot tops confiscated. I think what helps is the cashiers tend to be younger and have the "don't care" attitude.
Some do ask why I want them. mmercedesmom, I think I'll use your response. I sometimes get a weird look when I say guinea pigs and have to explain that guinea pigs can only eat the husks. The corn part is too high in starch for them. Yes, crafts would work.