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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    You feed them apple daily? You might want to cut down to giving apple once or twice a week as it's very high in sugar.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Ly&Pigs View Post
    What exactly is the question?
    My question was concerning feeding my boys each a 1/3 of a carrot a day & the apple treats, if it's too much for them?
    I haven't heard anything bad about carrots, just to limit them to a baby carrot a day.

    [quote=Fay] "You feed them apple daily? You might want to cut down to giving apple once or twice a week as it's very high in sugar".

    Thank you, I will skip the daily apple treats.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    I haven't heard anything bad about carrots, just to limit them to a baby carrot a day.
    The problem with carrots is that they are high in Vitamin A. Over time Vitamin A in large quantities can lead to liver/kidney damage. This is why baby carrots are limited to no more than one small-medium baby carrot per pig per day or the equivalent of in regular carrots.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Thank you again for the answers to healthy feeding...........................& the forum so we can talk about our guinea pigs.




    p.s. I have fond memories of living in Jasper & Harrison, Ark. in 1981

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    I read somewhere that bell peppers should be feed daily because they are high in Vitamin C. The thing is my girls wont even touch it! What's something else that has vitamic C?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    There aren't really any other daily veggies with a high C content like bell peppers have. Have you tried various colors of bell peppers? Some pigs may not like green but adore yellow, orange or red.

    Other high C foods are Kale, broccoli and kiwi fruit but these have to be given in moderation and only given X times per week. Lettuces and cilantro contain some C but you would have to give quite a bit of those to get the daily intake of C for a pig.

    The recommended dosage is 10-30 mg of C per kilogram (kg) of weight.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    I have tried all colors except orange, I'll give it a try next time I go grocery shopping. I give them cilantro everyday and they love it.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Hello,

    The chart is fantastic, and its really helped me work out a sutible diet for Sugar & Spice

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Does anyone know if anise hyssop is okay for guinea pigs? This is not the same herb as hyssop, which is genus Hyssopus; anise hyssop is Agastache foeniculum.
    I figure it's not likely that anyone knows for sure, but I might as well ask; the stuff's taking over part of the garden.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Is it ok to give my guinea pigs more than one different type of fruit/veggie per day as long as I stick to the correct serving sizes for each?

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    That's what you are supposed to do, give a nice variety of things. If you go by the color coding on the charts, it tells what can be fed how often. Just be in mind that the 100 grams (or in some cases 25 gram) portions are not a serving size but a guideline as to how much of what (C, A, calcium) is in that much of the fruit/veggie. There are several daily things that can be given. Then you mix other things in and rotate them around. Just be careful with fruits. Even though some say they can be fed daily, it's actually better not to because too much sugar can lead to problems.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    My guinea pigs LOVE the green peppers. I give them tomatoes once in a great while, too, and most of them like that. They also like cucumbers. And of course, they LOVE romaine and carrots. They aren't really kale or parsley piggies, though. They also love corn husks. Some of them like strawberries.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Hi, I havn't come on here for a little while but had a quick qustion. In my Fridge I found some Nectarines and Green Onions. Can Guinea Pigs eat either of these? Thanks.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cavynut!!! View Post
    In my Fridge I found some Nectarines and Green Onions. Can Guinea Pigs eat either of these? Thanks.
    Yes, they can have a small amount of the nectarines as it's a fruit. About 1/8th of the nectrarine each. And they can have green onion tops.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Ly&Pigs View Post
    Yes, they can have a small amount of the nectarines as it's a fruit. About 1/8th of the nectrarine each. And they can have green onion tops.
    OK, thanks about the Nectarines. My Pigs love it! Sorry but by Tops do you mean all of the Green Part or just part of it? Or the White Part/

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    The green top part of green onions is what I am referring to.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Ly&Pigs View Post
    The green top part of green onions is what I am referring to.
    Thank you SO much!

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    I assume this chart is for adult piggies...yes? Mine are babies (6-8 weeks). Should I be cutting this down? Will they stop eating when full? If I give less now, how much should I increase it and how often? 9Sorry for so many questions...I just want to give them the best I can.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by scarymonster742 View Post
    I assume this chart is for adult piggies...yes? Mine are babies (6-8 weeks). Should I be cutting this down? Will they stop eating when full? If I give less now, how much should I increase it and how often? 9Sorry for so many questions...I just want to give them the best I can.
    The charts are for pigs of all ages, young ones included. If yours have never had veggies before then start with one or two things like lettuces (any variety but iceburg) and bell peppers. Then every 3-4 days add in something new. That way they get adjusted to eating veggies slowly as to not upset their tummies. After a 2-3 weeks of doing this they should be up to at least one cup each per day.

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    Re: Cavy Nutrition Charts Discussion Thread

    Great! Thanks.

    I gave them carrots and a piece of pear last night when I brought them home, and a piece of destringed celery today. I will get some bell peppers and greens this weekend.

    They seemed to really like carrot and were not too keen on pear. So far, they have not noticed the celery.

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