Favourite Foods

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:25 am

Just a random thread - have your piggies got favourite foods??

My Rocky is a really picky eater so am just after ideas of what new things he can try - I have looked at the fruit and veg pages on here so have a few ideas off there too but the more the merrier!!

Rocky loves Parsley!!

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:30 am

My boys love parsley too, but you have to be careful because it's high in calcium.

I usually substitute cilantro which they like only SLIGHTLY less.

What's interesting to me is that they have DIFFERENT favorite foods. Snickers will go nuts for corn husks, while Charlie doesn't seem to care for them at all.

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:30 am

our girls love lettuce, cherry tomatoes, parsley parsley parsley. carrots. they do not give a crap about cucumbers, though:S they don't like kale as much.

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:52 am

Favorites in our house are parsley and cilantro, peppers, celery leaves, and carrots.

Alden, you're definitely right about having different tastes. It's just hard to notice most of the time because my boys just want whatever the other has :)

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:59 am

Everyone goes wild for dill.

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:16 pm

Escarole. They love it!

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:16 pm

Mine could care less for anything red..... I put a strawberry in their salad, and Jasper jumped to the other side of the plate. I moved the berry closer to him and he jumped again. They won't touch tomatoes either. They'll take a few bites of cukes, but aren't too thrilled with them. They arent too fond of squash, any, either.

They'll eat any leafy green. Flat leaf parsley is like crack to them, but they only get it once a month or so, or if there isn't any good cilantro available. They both love corn husks, green peppers, and green leaf lettuce.

As for fruit, they love sweet apples, grapes, bananas, and melon rind and carrots. Its crazy, but they will eat the whole piece of watermelon rind, but leave behind some of the red melon. They rarely get fruit, maybe one or two pieces a week.

Oh and dill is a current favorite. It smells so good, I want to put it in everything. When I do cook with it, they wheek like crazy.


Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:36 pm

I wish mine tried dill. Everybody hated it even the rabbits. Mine like
tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, baby carrots, tolerate kale, chards
not much.

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:53 pm

I wonder if tastes vary depending on the sex of the pig?

Parsley does seem to be a favourite for everyone though. Rocky only get a sprig at a time.

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:10 pm

My pigs hate dill. They also despise basil and mint. They're not big fans of herbs in general, but they do like parsley. Cilantro, not so much.

Mine love kale, red leaf lettuce, and escarole. They like Swiss chard but they only eat the leaves; they dislike the stems, apparently. I used to think they did not like tomatoes, but I tried them again yesterday and three out of four did seem to enjoy them. They all go crazy for bell peppers. They don't really like fruit, except maybe a little banana. They haven't been big fans of any of the other fruits I've tried. They like the smell of oranges and wheek for them, but they don't really eat them when given the opportunity.

My bunnies have the exact same preferences as my guinea pigs, so I'm inclined to think it's more about what they are used to eating than anything else. Usually the ones who have different tastes are the fosters, because they are not used to eating what I feed. Otherwise, my pigs aren't terribly individual in their eating habits. Except for my one pig who still doesn't like tomatoes.

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:48 pm

Robin Piggy has a dislike of lettuce. He used to turn up his nose at it, but now he will always eat it last. (Most likely to be swiped by his cagemate.) The first time I gave him Basil he turned his nose up at it. Still doesn't like it that much. His favorite by far is cilantro. That gets eaten in a heartbeat.

Linus will eat whatever a human gives him. He is not picky at all. He also eats whatever Robin hasn't eaten by the time he's done with his veggie pile. So I usually tear the veggies up, so when Linus runs up and takes one, its not a very big piece he runs off with, which give Robin time to finish. I think this might be because he originally from a petstore, and I swear since the first time I put a hay seed head in his mouth and he took an experimental bite, he hasn't stopped eating what I've given him since.

They are currently loving corn husks, which I get free from the grocery store. They get that a bit of lettuce or cilantro and they are happy pigs. Robin is funny though. Linus has learned the easiest way to eat them. He puts one paw down on the husk, grabs an end with his teeth, and pulls so he gets a piggy sized strip and scarfs it down. Robin on the other hand tries to find the ones that are rolled up and eat from one end. Even if he can get started on a rolled up end it becomes to big to his mouth, and he doesn't quite know what to do. Then either I rip it up for him, or he just takes little bites until Linus comes along to finish it.

Don't worry he still gets as many veggies as Linus. I usually get him out and let him munch.

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:31 pm

Alice will tear anything out of my hands. I cannot pinpoint a favorite veggie of hers, nor one she doesn't care for.

Carlie as well... the poor girl can't really be picky, the way she has to keep switching between treats if Esme is on the prowl. She does seem to like carrots in particular. She goes for the cucumber, but usually leaves it for lettuce before finishing her piece.

Esme doesn't take many things from my hands. She does not like green pepper, at all. But pretty much everything else is fair game, as long as someone else has taken a few bites of it first!

Dash is definitely partial to cherry tomatoes. I noticed this when, just after his surgery, he was too groggy to eat down some lettuce but was happy to scarf down one of these buggers. My mom has been growing them on her back deck all summer, so we have plenty! This little piggy DOES NOT like carrots, though.

Overall, the Radicchio seems to be a big hit lately.
Celery leaves were also enjoyed, the couple of times I brought them from work.
Kale is less interesting than leaf lettuce.
Dill was a hit with Bear before he passed, but the girls didn't care for it.

I will have to try corn husks!

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:50 pm

Mine like almost every kind of vegetable, but I think their absolute favorite vegetables and fruits are the treat fruits/vegetables (apple, blueberry, baby carrot sized piece of carrot), cucumber, green leaf/red leaf and escarole. Those seem to be the biggest hits, they'll eat and they get others, but those are popular with all of them.

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:52 pm

Princess has a definite sweet-tooth. If she could eat cantalope/muskmelon or watermelon every day, she would do it in a heartbeat (it's only an occasional treat).
Rosie doesn't have a definite favourite food that we've been able to spot, just a few things she doesn't like.
They get red & green leaf lettuce, cilantro, different coloured bell peppers and cherry/grape tomatoes every day (I would have a riot on my hands if we left out the tomato!).
Rosie will popcorn for anything I bring in from the garden, except mint - basil, dill, different lettuces, sugar snap peas - everything except the mint was scarfed down.

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:57 pm

My four are all so different. They'll pretty much eat anything but definitely have their favorites.

Diamond absolutely adores frisee lettuce, red leaf lettuce, and carrots.

Goldie loves the loose leaf lettuce from our garden best. She'll spend a lot of time delicately picking it all out of the dish.

Brownie would trample everyone to get at some cucumber!

And Oreo, she just loves it all! My chubby girl.

Escarole is a big favorite of all here, and another that they all agree on is that watermelon rind is just about the best thing ever.

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Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:37 pm

Luna loooooves her some parsley.
She also goes crazy for cherry tomatoes, though I don't have them on hand often because I don't eat them and I only give them to her once and a while so the whole container goes bad before I can get rid of them.

She doesn't care for kale or any fruits, really. She snubs banana, but will sometimes eat a piece of strawberry.

She doesn't really like peppers either. She mostly gets lettuce (green leaf, red leaf and sometimes romaine) which she always eats all of.


Post   » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:48 pm

So far, I haven't found anything Fred and Leo don't like. They seem slightly less enthusiastic about green bell peppers than red, but that's about it.

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Post   » Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:42 am

Neal LOVES carrots, apples, and red bell pepper (because they're all sweet presumably). He also really likes green leaf lettuce and the forages I find him (mostly dandylion and grass). He'll eat cucumber, cilantro, orange, or celery if he doesn't have any other veggies, but they're always the last thing he eats from his dish.

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Post   » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:13 pm

Woo hooo - I have just tried Rocky with a bit of Dill and he LOVED it!! I couldn't find any Kale so will have another look another time when I go to the shop but have got some spinich so will try him with that in the morning!


Post   » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:13 pm

My piggy Lyon loves lettuce, red leaf, green leaf, romaine, she likes kale too and she loves blueberries

She doesn't like lots of things too many to list. I think it may be because she's young but she seems to be a picky eater =)

Any other females with lots of dislikes?

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