How much on veggies

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Someone posted on social media stating that they spend £15 a week on veggies for 5 pigs. (From Tesco I believe). They were complaining that it was so expensive and need it to be cheaper.

Now am I living on a different planet? Am I doing something wrong? Because I have just totalled up what I bought to last 4 pigs the week and it's a lot less than £15.

What do you buy each week (the staples really) and how much roughly did you spend? I think this is something that people don't think of with pigs, they forget veggies cost.

I'll go first. I will admit that it's difficult as I don't buy anything specifically for the pigs as I eat it too. (I'm vegan and gluten free so make a lot of foods from scratch). So the price is the quantity of stuff they eat without my help.

Veggies for my 4 pigs:
Peppers (3 in a pack) 79p X2
Coriander 36p X2
Baby leaf salad £1
Kale Nero £1.25
Cucumber 43p
Romaine lettuce £1
Celery 29p

Total: £6.27
 

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Hi, my list varies every week! But I definitely don't spend as much as £15! I dont think you are doing anything wrong as thay look like they are getting a variety and as long as they have enough food!
I will usually buy:

Bell Pepper
Celery
Cucumber
Romaine lettuce
Carrot (only 1 for piggies)

This cant have costed much more than £5.
(Bear in mind this is only for 2 piggies and I do vary this slightly every week. As well as this I also eat some of this myself.) Although of course including hay and pellets I guess it would be a bit closer to £15 but realistically it would have been just over £10 as hay probably costs around £5 (maybe less) per week.

Although I'm also interested about what those people who do spend £15 a week buy?!
 

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That is utter maddness £15 we are only feeding two but it comes to around £5, we get

Little gem 90p
Celery 70p
Cucumber 50p
Coriander (big bunch) 90p
Mint (90p)
Bell pepper £1 but we don’t need these every week

They will also get the odd bit of watercress, carrot, kale but that is really bought for us. And that’s buying veg on Ocado so it’s M&S 😂 unless they are feeding their pigs daylesford organic I have no idea how they get to £15!
 

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For our three pigs I shop a similar list to yours - but rather than the kale and salad bag I buy a raddichio and only celery occasionally if I plan to cook with it too. And coriander here appears way more expensive than in UK. Bell peppers are huge so 1x3 pack lasts the week. I spend approx GBP 8 weekly.

I just discovered one local supermarket has a 'bin' of free, help yourself bio pet feed in the fresh veg section so pick out local big lettuce leaves, spring greens and carrot leafy-tops. I think its geared more towards rabbits but its a great idea to reduce waste and occasionally some nice treats for piggies there and has knocked a bit off my weekly spend.

Edit: oops I meant I spend EUR 8 which is 7 pounds.
 

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The only additional things I buy for the pigs is romaine lettuce and a mixed salad bag. Everything else we eat as well (peppers, cucumber, green beans, celery, and occasional carrot, blueberries etc) so feeding the pigs doesn't cost us much as far as veggies are concerned. Even if the food was solely for them, it would easily be less than £5 a week for 2 pigs.
 

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I've just added up this weeks and it's about £8 for 6 piggies. It's a lot cheaper in the summer as I grow a lot myself.
 

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I spend about £5 buying staples - cucumber, lettuce, pepper, coriander, green beans. But that lasts longer than a week.

Is she buying veg from Waitrose and over feeding them on veg 😳

PS just realised Tesco not Waitrose.
 
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@Sophia_Oreo108 yes if you include hay and pellets then it'd be closer to the price however, this person claimed it was just on veggies! Which is mind-blowing.

@rp1993 I have no idea how either! Mine also get any left over watercress they get some swede and parsnip too on the odd occasion I feel like sharing 😂 I didn't know they could have mint. I've got some growing in the garden so I may try them with it ☺

@swaller oh that's a good idea I hope many other stores and countries start doing that. Here in the UK I haven't seen any bins with veg scraps. I bet your piggies get quite the variety ☺

@piggieminder oh you grow some veggies too? What are you planning to grow this year? I too grow my own veggies unfortunately last year was a bad year for me and hardly anything came :(

@Siikibam I have no idea! I thought I best check as my food bill for them is so low in comparison.
 

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i buy veg for 16 piggies,and £15 is correct for this amount.! thats staples of cucumber,peppers,celery,corriander,lettuce,spring greens,beans,.
I have eight pigs and probably spend about £12 per week on veg. I suppose it depends what you buy and where you buy it from.
For you two that's understandable as you have a lot more pigs so not knocking that at all. Must be like piggy paradise ☺
 

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@Engel Corriander, parsley, mint, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, beetroot, dandelions, sow thistle, lettuce off the top of my head! Some things are only occasional treats or things only 1 or 2 of mine will eat like tomatoes and mostly for human consumption. I've got some parsley and corriander on the window sill at the moment.
Have you seen this thread?
Our Gardens
 

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@Engel Corriander, parsley, mint, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, beetroot, dandelions, sow thistle, lettuce off the top of my head! Some things are only occasional treats or things only 1 or 2 of mine will eat like tomatoes and mostly for human consumption. I've got some parsley and corriander on the window sill at the moment.
Have you seen this thread?
Our Gardens
Wow that's quite a lot. I've never had any luck growing corriander. It grows a tad then dies. Tried it outside, inside and in the greenhouse with the same outcome. Used soil from the garden, and compost. Tap water and water collected in the water butt. I don't think it likes it here lol.

This year I'm growing tomatoes, cucumber, onion, spring onion, lettuces (iceberg and little gem), beetroot, peas, beans, peppers, kale, carrots, parsnips, celery, cabbage, radish, maybe some spuds. Got some basil, mint, thyme and basil growing from last year. Oh strawberries too! Obviously spuds, iceberg and onions are for human consumption only but everything else I think they can have. Can piggies have thyme every now and again?

No I haven't seen that thread. I'll have a look :)
 

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For you two that's understandable as you have a lot more pigs so not knocking that at all. Must be like piggy paradise ☺
Sometimes it’s like piggy purgatory! I currently have one on palliative care (lymphoma) who is having a strong season and making her cage mates life a misery and one with a sensitive bladder and who needs spaying but not as an emergency so she’ll have to wait til lockdown ends. Her cage mate was spayed last November and has made a fantastic recovery, so I shouldn’t grumble. The more you have, the more you worry!:nod:
 

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Sometimes it’s like piggy purgatory! I currently have one on palliative care (lymphoma) who is having a strong season and making her cage mates life a misery and one with a sensitive bladder and who needs spaying but not as an emergency so she’ll have to wait til lockdown ends. Her cage mate was spayed last November and has made a fantastic recovery, so I shouldn’t grumble. The more you have, the more you worry!:nod:
That's normally the way. Glad she made a good recovery and I hope your other piggy make a good recovery when she's spayed :)
 

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I think £15 is ridiculous for 5! Truthfully, I've just added up my online shop and have realised I have somehow spent over £15 on veggies from sainsburys. I have always shopped at Aldi and I would spend no more than £9 on vegetables a week. The last 3 weeks since I was self isolating I have got in the habbit of doing an online shop from sainsburys and it is much more expensive as I have just realised. Peppers are double the price. Normally I buy a pack of 6 wonky peppers for less than a £1 from Aldi. They are 1.35 for 3 in sainsburys. So £2.70 for their breakfast. I have brought four 100g bags of corriander which I realise has added up to £5. I have brought a few different lettuces which add up to around £3. Sweetcorn and watercress are a treat this week too.. in truth I would say my normal shop lasts around 9+ days as I always have a cucumber left over or celery. Think I have definitely overshopped this week though. I never waste vegetables even if it's they're not looking their best.
 

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I think the max I could get to would be about £10 a week and that’s for 4 of them! Romain lettuce, 3 peppers, mixed salad leaves, green beans, mange tout and baby corn mix, coriander bunch, celery, greens - and they actually wouldn’t even eat all of that as some would be for us and I wouldn’t normally buy all that each week (From Tesco). The minimum staples cost me about £5 I think.
 
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