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Romily

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Hello

I have some piggies who will be staying outdoors in a hutch inside a shed. They will have unlimited hay and pellets with daily fresh veg. However I wondered if there were any particular foods that I could add to their diets that would help them maintain their weight?
 

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Porridge oats with their crunchies.

Generally, any starchy foods like corn will help bolster the weight; that is why they are usually advised against or should only be fed after an illness - they can make a piggy obese that isn't burning more calories than normal.
 

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So just normal scottish oats? Is there a certain type of hay/grass that would help boost the calorie count?
 

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So just normal scottish oats? Is there a certain type of hay/grass that would help boost the calorie count?

They are basically just oat grains that have been flattened...

For the other, you'd better ask the hay experts!
 

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I don't know about maintaining their weight, but I am constantly checking that my boys (also in a shed) have plenty of nuggets, a handful of readigrass and sometimes a very small bowl of wheat bran mixed with warm water if it's particularly cold.

My pigs don't seem to have a problem with their weight. They are neither too thin, not too fat. The only time they get a little bit porky is during the summer when they're out of grass all day.
 

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Ooh, I'll be keeping my eye on this thread!

Is it a good idea to feed sweetcorn say half a cob each once a week throughout the Winter to boost weight then? Or is it likely to cause more problems than it solves? Just a thought as my poor piggles will be outdoors (in a shed) too
 
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I find my lot always eat a lot more during the winter months hay replenished morning and late at night. Food bowls topped up too. Veggies I give twice a day always have. I have never given them warm food its not needed its hard not to worry I think. Just so long as they are kept in dry conditions they should be fine.
 

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We've tried porridge oats this morning and both Pippa and Pixel were eating them from my hand - looks like they're a hit!
 

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I have ordered a mix of foods for weight gain and have started feeding porridge to my piggies in the morning which they seem to enjoy!
 

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I have ordered a mix of foods for weight gain and have started feeding porridge to my piggies in the morning which they seem to enjoy!
 
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