Posted by: A Part of the Solution | May 20, 2010

Piggy Delight

As I anticipated, and not without small misgivings, piggies are more demanding and complex than much else of what we’re doing. Well, plants are like infants in as much as they’re helpless: we do everything for them, at the right time to the correct degree, or they die. But it’s kind of straightforward: weed, water, repel pests, mulch, fertilize, tie back. These are tasks, and of the order to cause back ache and throbbing knees. But they are what they seem to be all the time.

Bees are self-sufficient for the most part. Give them somewhere warm and sunny, dry early in the day, and Bob is your proverbial uncle. Chickens have a lot in common with bees. They need fresh water, and feeding once a day or so. Make sure they’re in their coop at night, and let them out in the morning. That and changing the mulch hay in their coop is the sum total of what they’ve required so far. On traditional family farms, chickens were given over to the children as a responsibility since they are so reliably simple.

But pigs! Well our pigs got out yesterday, and we chased them around for more than an hour. And we got hurt and they got hurt. And they’re not less wary of us, or more settled in or even very hungry for their ‘new’ feed. So I researched what it is that pigs like when they’re in the wild. And I researched what it is that we feed them when they’re in captivity. And I decided to make them a treat to help them feel calm, competent and perky (without having a running-off jones).

Piggy Delight

4 carrots grated

1 apple grated

1 bunch of parsley, stems only

20 pea shoots or a box of sprouts

1/3 c. walnut pieces

1/2 c. peanut butter

Optional: Rescue Remedy, Walnut and Crab Apple Bach Flower Essences– a few drops of each

Put everything into the food processor and whirl it up until it’s a sticky orange mass. This needs to be refrigerated if you’re not going to use it all right away–unless you feel your piggies also would benefit from some natural ferment and rot in their diet. As they’re omnivorous scavengers (like dogs, like people) it’s no bad thing to let them eat food a little on the ‘off’ side from time to time. You can also add natural yogurt to this mixture for that reason.

When you’re ready to feed this to your pigs (or chickens), you have the option of rolling small balls of it in rolled oats. The flower remedies help with shock, transition and resetting the body after psychological trauma. I have to say, I thought it was plenty tasty myself. With a little salt it might make a great sandwich spread or something to put on crackers.

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