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  1. I have found that if you cook potatoe peels, my pigs would love them. Also, the chickens too. Just a couple of minutes in the microwave does the trick to get them soft. Boiling takes longer of course.

  2. Another good source of food for your porkers are pumpkins. They are well liked, easy to raise, nutritious and best of all they store well for winter feeding when other fresh food may be lacking. Another use for pumpkins is for dogs that are prone to constipation, I steam chunks in the microwave, freeze baggies for future use and feed approx. 2 tbs/ day to our old dog and haven’t had to go to the vet over this issue again. I read once long ago that feeding some pumpkin to pregnant pigs makes for easier birthing. If you have any neighbors raising them commercially for Halloween or holiday decorations you might want to talk to them about gleaning. Be sure to thank them with some of you pork. I have seen fields with literally tons of left over pumpkins and it is sure easier to pick up a 10 lb. pumpkin than 10 lbs of weeds. I haven’t tried them on chickens yet but I think they might be a good supplement. Let me know.

  3. Purslane sells for a hefty price at my local farmer’s market in the city. It’s tart but I enjoy small amounts in my salad. It also grows wild here in the NE. I’ve often seen it in cracks in the sidewalks.

  4. I know a guy who wrote a book about lots of things, and one of them was feeding pigs. I think the phrase was, “time to feed the hogs”. I’ll leave it at that. Long book, very popular with the “gun culture” types. The US Army and other Armed Forces routinely make a bunch of money selling mess hall garbage (edible only) to local pig farmers, to be boiled first and then fed to the pigs. Trichinosis is to be avoided at all costs. And all pork should be cooked well done. Pigs will eat their young at times, seen it myself. Not much different from people.

  5. Slightly off topic… when you can’t get chicks in the mail or at the feed store…
    Can anyone recommend a “broody” strain of chickens that still has the instinct to sit on their eggs and care for its young? I remember seeing feral chickens with chicks in Hawaii that obviously reverted to their natural instincts.
    My chickens loved pumpkins… filled up the back of the truck with free ones from the local grocery store after Halloween.

    1. Professor Wagstaff, get some bantam hens (old farmers call them “banties”) They will attempt to hatch anything! I had one set on a doorknob she found in the barn & another who would wait for the barn cat to leave her kittens for a few minutes and then run over & spread out on the babies. She would fight the cat when she tried to reclaim her babies. You will want larger hens for meat chickens but keep a few bantams for broody hens. As for the author insinuating goats will eat anything, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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