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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    How about garlic sprouts? I got these in my weekly organic veggie delivery. They look like alfalfa sprouts but have a faint garlic flavor to them. i also got something lettuce like called Mâche.
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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Should chocolate be on the "Do not" list?

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    How about garlic sprouts?
    That would be a no on the garlic sprouts or garlic.

    i also got something lettuce like called Mâche.
    I've never heard of it.

    Should chocolate be on the "Do not" list?
    Chocolate is a no as well. It would take someone pretty stupid to want to feed their pigs chocolate.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    mache is also called corn salad or lamb's lettuce I think.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Does anyone have any information about sour grass or wild mustard for cavies?
    The two plants commonly called sourgrass of which I am aware are Rumex acetosella and various species of Oxalis. I have not been able to find the exact oxalic acid content of each, but it's generally recommended that humans eat Oxalis, also known as wood sorrel and by various other names, in small quantities if at all, and Rumex is also known to contain significant oxalic acid.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    The two plants commonly called sourgrass of which I am aware are Rumex acetosella and various species of Oxalis. I have not been able to find the exact oxalic acid content of each, but it's generally recommended that humans eat Oxalis, also known as wood sorrel and by various other names, in small quantities if at all, and Rumex is also known to contain significant oxalic acid.
    It would probably be best to avoid these items if they contain high levels of oxalic acid.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Ly&Pigs View Post
    It would probably be best to avoid these items if they contain high levels of oxalic acid.
    Thanks to Ledasmom for the sourgrass info. Wild Mustard anyone?

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Do you mean the wild mustard with yellow flowers, one to three feet tall, largish (up to six inch) leaves? There's a couple of other plants that may go by that name as well - if you have a description and location, that would be good. One of the plants called wild mustard is Synapis arvensis, also called Brassica arvensis or Brassica caber, but there seem to be others, mostly related to the plants used to produce cultivated mustard greens.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    The chart lists "peas, edible-podded." I feel really dense needing to ask, but does this mean to feed them the peas or the pods? I have seen postings that indicate the peas and others that indicate the pods. Help! My piggies are very picky and we are trying to find veggies that they will eat. Thank you!

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    It's the peas and the pod. You can feed fresh podded peas or snow peas.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Just wanted to say Thank you for this list. I am new to keeping guinea pigs and was a little worried about the fruit and veg intake, this list is a great helap. One question though, as I haven't really read it thoroughly yet, I was told NO lettuce, but it is listed. Are they allowed lettuce?

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Yvonne View Post
    Just wanted to say Thank you for this list. I am new to keeping guinea pigs and was a little worried about the fruit and veg intake, this list is a great helap. One question though, as I haven't really read it thoroughly yet, I was told NO lettuce, but it is listed. Are they allowed lettuce?
    The lettuce they aren't allowed to have is Iceberg lettuce. If you check the chart you will see the kind of lettuces they are allowed to have. You could also do a search on the diet forum for more lettuces you could try. If the lettuce you want to try is not on the list or you can't find it on the forum you can ask or just not give it. If you doubt about any food you give then don't feed it as some can be dangerous or bad for your pig.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Yvonne, I guess you're in the UK as you quoted the cost of your cage in £s not in dollars. I have read several UK books and leaflets stating confidently that piggies either shouldn't eat lettuce or should have it only very occasionally (because it makes them sleepy was the justification). I have found that most of the books I read contain a lot of bad information and the advice given by experienced members and mods on this site is so much more useful.
    I worked out that instead of spending money buying an inaccurate book on cavy care, it was a much better use of my money to donate to this site instead and help disseminate good information as widely as possible.

    I hope your piggies enjoy their (non-iceberg) lettuce!

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    THank you. The only book I have bought was by Peter Gurney and the rest of my info has come form other owners and this site. I am so pleased I found you all.

    One more question. How much fruit/veg per guinea pig per day please. I think I read 100g somewhere. I don't want to over/under feed them. I think I have read too much as I keep tryin to remember what and where (smile)

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    I think the benchmark is 1 measuring cup of veggies per day, ideally served in two helpings. Obviously the weight will depend on what you give - carrot is much denser than lettuce, for example. There are some sample veggie plans in a sticky thread here:
    http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...gie-menus.html

    They should give you some ideas to get started.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    I looked at the menus earlier...it seems that Queen's and Jarbax's diets far exceed one cup of vegies daily. Is this to give them primarily a fresh food diet?

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    thank you. they are really enjoying the veg I am giving them. The squeaks are wonderful when they smell the veg arriving

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    I looked at the menus earlier...it seems that Queen's and Jarbax's diets far exceed one cup of vegies daily. Is this to give them primarily a fresh food diet?
    The minimum is 1 cup per pig daily. They can have more than that. Variety is the key to a good diet.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Your time & effort developing the food chart is appriciated. My 3 boys get plenty of fresh hay & grains. They also like lots of fresh yard grass, parsley, cilantro & kale. I rotate varieties each day.
    My main question, they are crazy about carrots & apples. They share a medium carrot daily & a med. red apple lasts 5 days. I dice up 1/3 carrot into tiny chunks in the morning w/ their hay & some greens.
    Thoughout the evening, they get hay, greens & little sliced carrot treats.
    Their C&C cage is next to me in my favorite spot & they sit 2 feet from me & stare at me till I give them a treat.
    They are 3 yrs. old & have eaten this way for a year & look healthy, happy & active. I love my little buddies & want the best for them.
    I think that eatting is their main favorite activity for their little lives. They sure love their snacks!


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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    My main question, they are crazy about carrots & apples.
    What exactly is the question?

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