Hogs and Eggs
by Kaylin Beach, Museum Interpreter and Volunteer Coordinator
First, there is no difference between a Pig and a Hog. Just two different names describing the same animal. ‘Pig’ tends to refer to the animals most folks keep as pets or as livestock, and ‘Hog’ tends to refer to animals that are more feral (wild in nature). The names can be used interchangeably. I will use the term ‘Hog’ during this article to refer to both.
Second, hogs, like the heritage breed Ossabaw Hogs here at the Accokeek Foundation, are opportunistic feeders. This means they will eat ANYTHING.
However, just because they WILL, doesn’t mean they SHOULD!
Hogs should receive a balanced diet. Pasture-raised hogs, like the ones raised here on the National Colonial Farm, will acquire some of their diet from what they find in the fields. This diet should be supplemented with grain and can include table scraps/leftover crops. Careful research should be done to discover what foods will keep the hogs healthy, and what may upset that delicate balance. A good rule of thumb is to watch what your hogs eat the most, and then research how that food interacts with their health.
Avoid Feeding Hogs:
Raw eggs (can be a sometimes snack)
The roots and leaves of tomatoes, turnips, cabbage, mustard, and broccoli
The leaves and seeds of apples, pears, apricots, peaches, plums, cherries, and nectarines
Lots of salt or sugar