Feeding Your Miniature Pig
Feeding Your Miniature Pig
Miniature pigs love to eat so leaving food down like you may for your
other pets is not an option.  They will eat until it is all gone.   It is
best to break your miniature pig’s daily food intake into two feedings
and possibly a snack time; however, one large feeding is an option.  
Of course during training additional treats for reward will be
required.  Miniature pigs should eat grains, vegetables and fruit
only.  They thrive on high fiber diets with adequate protein.
First, a heavy food and water bowl is a must for a miniature pig.  
They should also have fresh water left out at all times with access to
it.
We recommend Mazuri miniature pig food for feeding as it has a
lower fat content, high protein, and is a well-balanced nutrition feed.  
Nutrition - Mazuri makes 3 different kinds of miniature PIG FOOD:
Mini Pig Youth; Mini Pig ACTIVE Adult; Mini Pig Elder.  As the names
of each of these products imply, according to the age of your pig,
you should choose which of the 3 pig foods are right for your pig.  
Mazuri mini pig food has all the nutrition that your miniature pig will
need for its proper development and health needs.  Please be
careful not to over-feed your miniature pig.  (Never feed your
miniature pig any feed with growth hormones)
You should supplement your miniature pig food with fresh fruits and
vegetables to insure a happy healthy miniature pig.  As your pig
grows you should increase the amount of food he receives.  We
recommend that you give your pig what can be referred to as a “pig
salad” daily.  A salad in pig nutrition would be 2/3 vegetables and
1/3 fruit.  Miniature pigs should be allowed to yard graze at least one
hour daily to obtain the roughage needed for optimal health.  If this
is not possible the “pig salad” will serve as the roughage.  However,
even pigs that are allowed to graze can still enjoy and reap the
benefits of a “pig salad” just reduce the serving size.  Youth can
have ½ cup daily and you can increase this as your pig grows.  You
can choose a few fruits and vegetables and offer a variety in your
rotation of salad preparations.   Miniature pigs love fruits and
vegetables.  We feed ours lots of carrots, tomatoes, greens,
cabbage, oranges, raisons and grapes to name a few.  There are
numerous fruits and vegetables at your local market in season that
your miniature pig will enjoy.  We recommend that you use fresh
whenever possible, but frozen vegetables are an option.  Watch out
for the fruits like bananas that have a higher calorie intake as you
need to be mindful of your miniature pig’s weight at all times.
However, they love bananas even the peel.   Lower calorie
vegetables can be given in larger servings as your miniature pig
ages.  We recommend a serving daily of fresh fruits or vegetables.  
This is also another great reward for training your miniature pig.  As
you experiment with the different options you will discover that your
miniature pig will have his or her favorites and this differs from one
pig to another.  A few of ours are crazy for cabbage while others
may prefer carrots or green beans. Our full grown pigs generally
have at least one cup of fresh fruits or vegetables daily.   See fruit
and vegetable option list at the end of this article.
Miniature pigs need protein in their diets which is included in the
Mazuri miniature pig food.  However they also enjoy nuts, sparingly
of course due to higher fat content but this is an option for treats or
training.
Always be mindful of your miniature pigs weight, if they accumulate a
lot of fat under the neck or on their hips, they are overeating.

Finally, refrain from giving your miniature pig table scraps.  If you
feed your miniature pig when you eat, then your miniature pig will
associate your dinner time with his own.  If this happens you can
create a miniature pig that begs each time you are eating and you
may no longer be able to enjoy your own meal time; because your
miniature pig is trying to get his or her meal.  It is best to
disassociate you meal time from that of your miniature pig.  It is best
to have a dedicated feeding time for your miniature pig.  By doing
this your miniature pig will have expectations of when to eat and not
be a constant beggar throughout the day.  Your miniature pig will
eat as much as you give it.  It is up to you to monitor, how much you
feed your miniature pig and when you feed your miniature pig.  
Treats should be the exception and not the rule.  If you are training
your miniature pig, or rewarding your miniature pig for an
accomplishment, then treats are appropriate.  Everyday treats could
give your miniature pig the expectation that if he or she begs you
enough you will feed them.  This is a slippery slope that you do not
want to go down. It is hard to overcome a miniature pigs constant
begging because they have been spoiled with food, or food issued
as a method of quieting them down.  This is probably a great time to
mention as well that you should never feed your miniature pig
directly from your refrigerator.  Miniature pigs are very smart and in
no time at all they will learn how to open the refrigerator on their own
and eat everything that is within their reach.   The same rule applies
to your pantry or any other food source within your miniature pigs
reach.  Child safety locks are ideal for lower cabinets that food is
stored in.
Fruits, vegetables, and snack options for your miniature pig are just
a few suggestions there are too many to list, Cheerios are a great
treat, snack and training reward.
The following can be given in larger quantities:
(Wash all before serving) lettuce (no nutritional value but low calorie
and a great filler), cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, cabbage (can
cause gas, but miniature pigs love it) green beans, kale, squash,
carrots

Smaller quantity options:
Bananas, banana peels (no citrus peels) peaches (no pits), pears,
melons, eggplant, corn, peeled oranges, peeled tangerines, apples,
grapes, peas

*** Just so you are aware, miniature pigs should never consume
acorns over a long period of time or in large quantities as this will
have a toxic effect on them.  If your yard is full of them and you allow
your pig to yard graze please remove them as your pig will eat them
non-stop
What To Feed A Miniature Pig
What To Feed A Miniature Pig
What To Feed A Miniature Pig
What To Feed A Miniature Pig
What To Feed A Miniature Pig
What To Feed A Miniature Pig
What To Feed A Miniature Pig
What To Feed A Miniature Pig
What To Feed A Miniature Pig