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Danielle
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Yeah the vet was pretty firm on not doing unlimited pellets.

The first couple of days before we built him his big pen, and he was upstairs in the quarantine cage, I wouldn’t say I was doing unlimited…but I was topping up the dish at least once in the middle of the day. He will absolutely stuff himself on pellets if they are readily available. Unlike the pigs, who will go for hay and veggies before anything else, Finn goes for the pellets. I was cleaning the pens and had the front of one of the pig cages open, he jumped in and started eating their pellets. I’ve also watched him attack the plastic container I keep the pellets in trying to get in it. If you try and fill his dish on the ground, he will try and eat right out of the bag, and has nipped fingers.

He also wasn’t eating as much hay as I like, and so after our vet visit I’ve stuck to rationing them out. He gets 1/4 cup in the morning, half of his daily veggies and the pellets are usually gone by noon. I have forage spots set up around the area he gets supervised free roam time in, and he will eat what I consider an acceptable amount of hay if that’s what’s available. Then he gets maybe another tablespoon in his dish before I bed every one down for the evening. He’s only about 3 lbs right now.

It’s just different from what I’m used to with the pigs, who nibble at their pellets but would much prefer to stuff their faces with hay.