In an ideal world we could just let hogs get on with it thinking the food we put out is enough.
However, hogs eat a lot of food and while they may come for a feed they will have to stop when full for the moment. The food may be gone by the time they get back ( other hogs, rats, foxes, dogs, cats etc ) so we cannot guarantee they are getting enough food.
When they are just little and winter is here they are under considerable stress to find food and put on weight.
Hogs naturally carry parasites and when all is well that doesn’t cause an issue. However, we know that when they come under stress the balance goes out of sync and they can get very sick. Like all wild animals they don’t show obvious signs of illness/injury until it is quite advanced and we cannot always save them, which obviously happened with your hog.
Just to note it is not possible to tell if a hog is well because it’s active, it can be a sign of disease/illness also.
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