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    Young guinea pig - wont eat pellets, will eat hay.

    Hi,
    I recently got my first guinea pig, about 10-11 weeks old. She eats a lot of hay but doesn't seem to like the pellets. If she decides to stay away from them I'm going to stop buying pellets, but if so, what do I replace the pellets with? Is there something important in the pellets I need to substitute with fruits/vegetables? For reference, the hay I give her is Vitakraft timothy hay and the pellets are Oxbow young guinea pig food.
    Thanks in advance for the answers!

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    Re: Young guinea pig - wont eat pellets, will eat hay.

    She might not like alfalfa, which is what the young guinea pig pellets are made of. One of mine wouldn't eat alfalfa anything. I suggest trying a Timothy based pellet. She will need extra calcium until she's 6 months so you can supplement with a calcium rich veggie like parsley. The pellets provide vitamin C so make sure she's getting enough C, green bell pepper is a good source of that. Don't put vitamin C drops in her water, they lose their effectiveness quickly and can make the water taste weird.

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