Pigs are harmed by which plants?
Plants that are toxic to Kunekune Pigs exist in many plant genera, not just for pigs, but also for other animals and people. It is essential to recognize the most common toxic plants in order to safeguard your animals and pets.
Pigs are smart creatures who appear to instinctively know what is beneficial for them and what is not. In our experience, most pigs will avoid consuming hazardous plants or plant pieces. They avoid eating ivy leaves, for example, but will happily consume the climber's stems with no ill consequences. To avoid the pigs unintentionally eating hazardous plants, it is important to remove them from the area where they will be housed.
Before picking a location for your pigs to live, make sure the area is free of harmful items like nails and other sharp objects that might harm the animals. When working with some plants, gloves should be used to protect your hands because many plants can cause skin irritation and are deadly if consumed. We've compiled a list of typical toxic plants that your pigs are likely to encounter. The list is far from complete, since there are hundreds, if not thousands, of plants that may poison pigs.
POISONOUS PLANT LIST
Ivy (Hedera helix) Laurel (not Bay laurel) (Prunus laurocerasus)
Elder (Sumbucus nigra) Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna)
Foxglove (Digitalis spp.) Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)
Hemlock (Conium maculatum) Lilly of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) Buttercup (Ranunculus spp.)
Spurge (Euphobia spp.) Arum Lilly (Arum italicum)
Periwinkle (Vinca spp.) Green/unripe acorns (Quercus spp.)
Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) Bulbs of many plants (i.e. daffodils, tulips, scillas, hyacinths among others).
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