It's easy to stock up on essentials for myself, canned foods and dry goods that I already eat, and extra large batches of food that I can freeze. But what about the pigs? I've got enough hay and pellets to last me for weeks, but they go through a ton of fresh veggies that don't store very long. Store-bought frozen vegetables are not a great option as they are sometimes parboiled before freezing, though I suppose some peas or carrots could work in a pinch for a very short time. It looks like green pepper freezes well without blanching, which could be a better option. The other thing I have been thinking about is wheatgrass. I grow this for my pigs during the winter, it grows fast and is reasonably nutritious. I could probably feed this 1x a day in the short term if I had no other options. If I ran out of veggies completely, I have a smallish supply of the Oxbow vitamin C tablets.
Anyone have some better ideas for long term fresh food storage for pigs? What does everyone else do for emergency preparedness for their pets?
- Supporter in 2019
Wheatgrass is another good idea. It grows fast and would add some variety.
I did have a veterinarian tell me I didn’t need to feed so much fresh food since I feed pellets and vitamin C.
I think there is also a joke thread in General Chat about a possible (zombie) apocalypse.
The one thing I had given some considerations to was having to evacuate them out of the building in say a Fire, or other emergency. I make sure I have the carriers somewhere I can get to them easily. Worst case i can flip their bin hidey over and put them in that
Yes I will be the guy trying to get Piggies and Hammies in to carriers while flames lick around me.
I already know where there are vegetable gardens that no one will be visiting or worrying about in a big emergency. We also have Wheatgrass seen and trays on hand if required plus a small hydroponic set up.
As far as the rest of the veggies I feed them, I've been lucky that there has been enough at the grocery store so far. If that changes, I have clean grass to pick for them and I can always find more. They can also survive on an all hay diet for a short time with the vitamin c supplement I keep around if they had to. I also keep at least two bags of oxbow critical care on hand.