Saturday, May 18, 2013
We went away for a night recently, and I wanted to be sure my pigs wouldn't run out of water. Each cage has it's own 250ml bottle, but on a particularly thirsty day they can get through that in 12hrs!
A lot of it has to do with the fact that the vast majority of their diet is dry - hay, chaff, grain etc, so it makes it very important for them to have access to water.
Thankfully the local grocery store was having a special on full celery bunches. I think they were $1.40 each, so I bought 4! lol Each cage got a couple of stems with leaves, and they quickly got down to the business of munching.
The happy side-effect of celery is that because it is something like 95% water, it acts as a vegetable-drink for them. A lot of the cages still had water in their bottles by the time we got back.
You do need to be cautious about feeding a lot of celery and other watery vegetables though, as pigs will often prefer to eat that over their hay/chaff and can end up with runny poo. Celery doesn't seem to be quite as bad for this as lettuce though, so is definitely the safer option!
You can see Sylvester and his lady-friends Tlalli and Opal in the photo above, and below we have a VERY pregnant Kobe. She is due this week, so it'll be interesting to see what she has. And I think she'll be feeling a lot better once those bubs are born too.