This is a very simple "recipe" using Kleenmama pellets and a few ingredients that are readily available at most grocery or health food stores (if these items are available in my po-dunk town, they're available almost anywhere). My guys LOVE this stuff.
NOTE: Please be sure to read this information on handfeeding before using this or any other handfeeding recipe.
1/8 cup of Kleenmama timothy pellets
3 tsp of anise seeds (available in the spice aisle)
4 tsp of plain, untoasted wheat germ (available in the cereal aisle)
1 plain acidophilus, 100mg capsule
1. Grind the pellets and anise seeds to a smooth, relatively uniform dry mix (I use a small, inexpensive Proctor Silex coffee grinder).
2. Add the untoasted wheat germ and the contents of one 100mg acidophilus capsule to the ground mix (use a separate mixing bowl if you have a small capacity grinder).
3. Run this mix back through the grinder to grind to a finer powder. It also helps distribute the ingredients a little more evenly.
4. When finished, dump into a small zip-lock storage bag and refrigerate until needed.
That's it! Makes approx. 35 grams of dry hand-feeding mix. Double or triple the recipe for a larger batch.
Do you use acidophilus even when pigs aren't taking antibiotics?
Also, is there a way to grid the ingredients without a coffee grinder?
I usually let my oxbow pellets soak in water for awhile (a few hours is enough), and then mix with a little pumpkin baby food for taste.
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Kat: The only thing I can imagine using instead of a coffee grinder is perhaps one of those "magic bullet" blender things. But I'm not sure if those are really meant to grind solids.
I bought this small electric grinder at the local grocery store for around $9 last year:
Really like it...it's easy to clean, doesn't take up a lot of room, and does a good job with grinding.
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I just have a couple of quick questions.
Can the kleenmama pellets be subtitled? We usually have Oxbow here at the house.
And anise seeds? Is star anise the same?
I couldn't anise seeds today, but I came home with a sachet of STAR anise ones.
On the Anise...as far as I know, Star Anise and "regular" Anise are two different plants. I don't really know anything about Star Anise, and probably wouldn't use it for the pigs. Anise seeds look like this:
I found mine at the local grocery store, right where all of the spices are. It was in a little jar just like this one:
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Are there anyother recipes? At present we are soaking Oxbow pellets in water and then mixing this with vegetables that have been through the juicer like Capsicum, rockmelon, grass, spinach, cucumber, carrot to name some.
Will follow this thread with interest.
1 tbsp Oxbow Cavy Cuisine (I don't have a grinder so I soak the pellets in really hot water and they fluff up fast)
1 tbsp canned pure pumpkin
1 tbsp squash or carrot baby food
1-2 tsp of Gerber Whole Wheat Baby Cereal
Then add water until it's the consistency of cream soup....could be thicker for a pig that does not have severe teeth issues.
BTW, I use Lifetime liquid acidophilous. It is dairy-free and the pigs like the taste. If a pig is on antibiotics I give 1 cc twice a day.
ETA: I should have noted that I would prefer to use Critical Care and also less baby food, but Rain will only eat this recipe.
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Have tried Jessie on Pumkin and Sweetcorn babyfood and she gagged she hated it so much. Shame if pumpkin is good for them in small amounts.
Am pretty sure we do not have Gerber baby cereal here, but will have a look at what the shops have.