Can Pigs Eat Peanuts? (All You Need To Know!)

Yes! Pigs can eat peanuts, they are a great source of protein and “good” fats. Peanuts are also a good source of fiber and vitamin E.

The one thing to be careful of is to avoid feeding your hogs peanuts with added salt. Most commercial peanuts have added salt, which is not too good for your pigs.

Are Peanuts Good For Pigs?

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Yes, peanuts are good for pigs! Peanuts are a good source of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. Peanuts also help pigs maintain healthy skin and hooves.

The nutritional value of peanuts is approximately 50% protein, 40% fat, and 6% carbohydrate. Peanuts also contain numerous vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, vitamin E, and manganese.

In addition to the above benefits, peanuts also provide helpful dietary fiber, which helps maintain healthy gastrointestinal tracts.

The average protein value of a dry-shelled fresh peanut is 35%. Peanuts are rich in thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), and niacin (vitamin B3). They also contain biotin and manganese.

Are Peanuts Dangerous To Pigs?

No! Peanuts are not dangerous for pigs. However, make sure you don’t feed your pigs peanuts with salt added to them because it may be harmful to your pigs’ health.

Can Pigs Eat Peanut Butter?

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Yes! Pigs can eat peanut butter, but it should only be given in moderation. Peanut butter can be a good source of protein and fat but it is high in calories.

It is recommended that you only feed your pigs peanut butter once or twice a week. If you feed your pigs peanut butter every day they will most likely get sick.

You should always feed your pigs plain, unsalted peanut butter for the best results whenever possible. If you do use a commercial brand that has salt added to it, make sure you rinse off any excess salt before feeding it to your piglets.

Can Pigs Eat Peanut Shells?

Yes! Pigs can eat peanuts with shells on them. They can also eat the shells after they have been removed from the peanuts. The shells contain a good source of protein and many minerals.

Of course, they should consume them in moderation too since they can cause some digestive issues if eaten too much.

What Other Nuts Can Pigs Eat?

Nuts in general are always a good addition to any pig’s diet. The most common are:

  • Acorns: these are the edible brown acorns of the oak tree. They are a little hard and crunchy, but look more like an apple seed and taste a lot like it. Apple seeds should be avoided, as they can cause digestive problems in pigs. Acorns are good sources of calcium and potassium.
  • Chestnuts: Small white chestnut balls that grow on the trees in Europe, Asia, and North America. They can be eaten whole or crushed into a binder for pig feed mixture or mixed with corn or barley to make meals for hogs.
  • Hazelnuts: these nuts grow under the ground and are usually planted in gardens. They are very nutty tasting and are a good source of protein and fat, but only about 10% of their weight is oil; as such, it is not recommended to feed them to hogs.
  • Macadamia Nuts: They have a similar taste to chestnuts but tend to be more oily and not as high in fat. They can often be found in Asia and can be used like chestnuts in making meals for pigs, but they may cause diarrhea if fed to hogs raw.
  • Walnuts: Similar to chestnuts, walnuts are high in fat and protein, but also contain a lot of oil. They have a very high calcium content, which makes them a good food for pig feed.
  • Cashews: These nuts are similar to chestnuts and walnuts. They are high in protein, fat, and dietary fiber. They also contain a lot of oil and can be fed to hogs just like walnuts.
  • Pecans: These nuts have a similar taste to other nuts and are high in fat, vegetable protein, vitamins C, E, K. They can be mashed and added to pig feed
  • Almonds: They are high in fat and protein, but like all foods for pigs, you must be careful about how much is fed. They contain a lot of oil too


Adding peanuts to the diets of pigs results in tremendous improvements in growth performance and feed efficiency, supplemented with feed grains.

So, definitely consider feeding peanuts in your pig feed mix, they will surely thank you for it!