Can Pigs Eat Mushrooms? All You Need to Know

When it comes to feeding pigs, you have many options to choose from. But not all may be suitable for your pigs health, and this is one of the main issues that come up when feeding pigs. They can eat different types, but that doesn’t mean they should.

This article explores whether or not pigs can eat mushrooms and how these fungi can affect your pigs health system.

Can pigs eat mushrooms? The main rule when feeding pigs mushrooms is that if you can eat the mushroom, your pigs can also eat it. This is a very nutritional fungi/vegetable for them to have, and you can mix it up with your pigs feed. 

But also remember that pigs should always have a balanced diet on a daily basis, so it is important not to overfeed your pigs with a particular food.

Sure you can give them as much as they want during one day but don’t neglect their main food source. 

Whether you have your pigs for meat purposes or you have them as a pet, their health must come first.

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Are Mushrooms Good for Pigs? (Nutritional Value)

Mushrooms are a great treat for pigs, and they have many health benefits for your pigs, so there are no disadvantages in feeding them this type of food. 

Mushrooms have essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants such as vitamin D, zinc, potassium, protein, fiber, selenium, copper, magnesium, thiamin, phosphorous


All these minerals and vitamins make excellent additions to your pigs diet, and yes, they will appreciate the extra flavor. 

Can Pigs Eat Raw Mushrooms?

Pigs can acquire their own taste for food, so it will be up to them to decide whether or not they will eat raw mushrooms.

But they can definitely eat it if they choose to do so. 

Pigs will definitely eat raw mushrooms in the wild, but a pet pig may be a different story. 

But I’m sure they will prefer cooked mushrooms just because it will be easier for them to digest. 

Can Pigs Eat Mushroom Stems?

Generally, speaking pigs can eat mushroom stems as long as you’re sure you can also eat it too. 

Remember, there are poisonous mushrooms out there, and the rule is if it is safe for a human, it is safer for the pigs.

If for some reason, you’re not sure you can eat a type of mushroom that is best to avoid feeding it to the pigs, I recommend you check with your vet first. 

So just keep that in mind, and your pigs will be fine.

Can Pigs Eat Mushrooms During Pregnancy?

When pigs are pregnant, you have to make sure to provide the basic nutrients they need in order to have healthy babies.

But in general, you won’t see any issues with pigs eating mushrooms during pregnancy; just make sure to only use it as a treat and make sure they are getting all the proper nutrients they need for the pregnancy. 

Can Mini Pigs Eat Mushrooms?

Yes, this is a great source of nutrients, and you mini pigs will love them.

You can even mix it up with their feed or serve it with vegetables.

And most likely, they will prefer if it was cooked, but you can try both approaches cooked and uncooked. 

Can Potbelly Pigs Eat Mushrooms?

Yes, potbelly pigs can eat mushrooms. They like this type of food, you can also mix it up with other veggies, nuts, roots, seeds, berries, worms, insects and I’m sure they will love it.

It all depends on the types of diet you like to raise your pigs with, but in general, as long as you can eat the mushrooms, there won’t be an issue if your potbelly pigs eat them too.

Can Pigs Eat Wild Mushrooms?

I’ve talked about it in this article, but to answer the question, yes, pigs can eat wild mushrooms if you can also eat them.

If you’re not sure, the first thing to do is to identify the mushrooms, which is usually done by an expert in the subject, and from there, you can decide whether or not to feed them to your pigs.

In the wild pigs have an instinct in determining what they can and cannot eat.

But domesticated pigs should not make these types of decisions, and you should prevent them from eating something you’re not sure they can eat.

Especially if you’re raising the pigs for meat.

If your pigs have eaten some wild mushrooms and you’re not sure if it is edible, I recommend you get in contact with your vet and verify. 

Edible Mushrooms for pigs

Here is a list of edible mushrooms your pigs will love. Make sure to always wash them thoroughly before feeding them to your pigs. And as you know by now, you can also eat these types of mushrooms. 

Button mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms

Cremini mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms

Enoki mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms

Maitake mushrooms

Beech mushrooms

King Trumpet mushrooms

Porcini mushrooms

Morel mushrooms

Hedgehog mushrooms

Chanterelle mushrooms

Conclusion: Can Pigs Eat Mushrooms?

Yes, pigs can eat mushrooms as long as the mushroom is also edible for humans; this is a great source of fiber and protein that can be used as a treat for your pigs. But it will also add a great nutritional value, and your pigs will appreciate the extra flavor.

Pigs are very fun of mushrooms, lest not forget that pigs are used for hunting truffles which is one the most expensive mushrooms in the world, but I should say one the most expensive foods in the world. So pigs, by nature, have a relation with mushrooms.

So there won’t be any problem with them eating mushrooms. I’m sure they will love it. 

But always remember to keep your pigs diet balanced and always check them out with your veterinarian if you notice something different in their health after they’ve eaten some mushrooms or other types of foods.