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    Are Oxbow pellets still considered a good brand?

    I've been feeding my GP heard Oxbow brand pellets for the last 13+ years without researching to see if they are still considered the best readily available pellet in the USA. Are they? What else is preferred or acceptable?

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    Re: Are Oxbow pellets still considered a good brand?

    The only two brands that either this forum or Guinea Lynx recommend in the U.S. is Oxbow or KMS Hayloft. However, KMS Hayloft has had major distribution problems, and they're a small regional compared compared to Oxbow's worldwide operations. I imagine that at the moment, Oxbow has access to a much wider variety of hay from different parts of the country, while KMS is struggling with the fires and the drought in the west.

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    Re: Are Oxbow pellets still considered a good brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by WokeBecky View Post
    I've been feeding my GP heard Oxbow brand pellets for the last 13+ years without researching to see if they are still considered the best readily available pellet in the USA. Are they? What else is preferred or acceptable?
    Oxbow has several different lines of guinea pig pellets. You may want to compare their different lines if you want to continue feeding Oxbow.
    @bpatters has stated that calcium should be low (close to .4%)

    Based on that, KMS is the closest -- .41/.54 are their min/max for calcium.


    Here are the min/max calcium for Oxbow's adult guinea pig lines.

    Oxbow Essentials .35/.75
    Oxbow Select .35/.75
    Oxbow Simple Harvest .4/.8
    Oxbow Organic Bounty .6/.9

    (sorry about the bold. I can't get
    it off - button won't respond)

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    Re: Are Oxbow pellets still considered a good brand?

    I've been using Simple Harvest (or the organic one...idk...but it sure smells nice). According to this, I probably shouldn't?

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    Re: Are Oxbow pellets still considered a good brand?

    I've been using the regular formula, I guess it's the Essentials? I dump my pig chow into a sealed container and don't have a bag available. I've noticed that over the years my pigs have poo-poo'ed the other formulations so I just stick to the original.

    As far as hay, I mostly buy Oxbow timothy, but I do buy other brands of timothy as well.

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    Re: Are Oxbow pellets still considered a good brand?

    KMS is the best imo. Oxbow is backup when kms is out of stock.

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    Re: Are Oxbow pellets still considered a good brand?

    I got the Oxbow Essentials for Lacey. I tried the Garden Select and she loved them until I bought another bag, and then wasn't interested. They smelled so good when I opened the bag - like fresh herbs but she wasn't interested. I even mixed them and she picked out the Essentials leaving the rest.

    Now I feed the Young formula to my new youngster. Hopefully she'll like the Essentials when she gets older.

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    Re: Are Oxbow pellets still considered a good brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaZoo View Post
    I got the Oxbow Essentials for Lacey. I tried the Garden Select and she loved them until I bought another bag, and then wasn't interested. They smelled so good when I opened the bag - like fresh herbs but she wasn't interested. I even mixed them and she picked out the Essentials leaving the rest.

    Now I feed the Young formula to my new youngster. Hopefully she'll like the Essentials when she gets older.
    If not, try Kms hayloft timothy hay. Lowest calcium and all my gps have always loved it.

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    Re: Are Oxbow pellets still considered a good brand?

    I believe I just mistakenly got Western Timothy from KMS, when I ordered bluegrass. I've already initiated a return. It's dry, brown, very dusty and terrible. Not something I will ever feed my boys.

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    Re: Are Oxbow pellets still considered a good brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    I believe I just mistakenly got Western Timothy from KMS, when I ordered bluegrass. I've already initiated a return. It's dry, brown, very dusty and terrible. Not something I will ever feed my boys.
    Ugh. Sorry to hear. Personally I have better luck with SPS hays. I get orchard and 3rd cut timothy.

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    Re: Are Oxbow pellets still considered a good brand?

    I prefer KMS Hayloft pellets over Oxbow and received my 5 lbs order last week. I will be ordering another 5 lbs in a month so that I won't run out.

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