Thursday, 9 February 2012

Feeding pigs beet to avoid dehydration

What with the pig's water being all iced up or even covered in snow most mornings I can't say as I blame them for not being very keen on drinking really, really cold water. Unfortunately due to the fact that they live in a derelict orchard far from an electric supply I'm unable to supply them with warm water, they do of course have fresh water everyday but it is cold, very cold from the oudoor tap. So to make sure that the pigs don't dehydrate (admittedly more of a problem in the summer than winter, but just to be on the safe side), I've taken to giving them a breakfast of well soaked beet.
We feed this to the horses as well and it soaks up lots and lots of water so I can be reasonably confident that everyone is fairly hydrated. This particular type contains molasses and as we all know pigs, like humans, have a sweet tooth so they are enjoying it.

1 comment:

  1. You forget how all this cold weather affects the animals.