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    Question binder (corn syrup)

    Hi all
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    I was wundering what the best binder for piggie foods is.
    I hear honey is bad, and I think molasis is a little bitter.
    So I was wundering about corn syrup.

    jimmer

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    Re: binder (corn syrup)

    Corn anything is to be avoided and corn syrup is listed specifically as a sweetener to avoid. Molasses would be a far better binder. It is found in both oxbow and pellets sold by Kleenmama both of which are considered the highest quality pellets available.

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    Re: binder (corn syrup)

    What do you need a binder for? Just curious.

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    Re: binder (corn syrup)

    binding biscuts and seeds and other food items into pices.

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    Re: binder (corn syrup)

    Seeds are bad for piggers. They can choke on them or get them suck in thier teeth. Veggies are the best pig treat in the world. If you want something out of the ordinary you can pick up some hay cubes, usually where you buy your hay. Oxbow makes a few yummy veggie based treats too. Critter Carrots and Critter Berries I think.

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    Re: binder (corn syrup)

    Commercial treats are bad to feed to guinea pigs because of the seeds, dried fruit, nuts, and sweeteners such as corn syrup that are used in them. It's junk food that does nothing but ruin a healthy diet causing problem for your guinea pig eventually. I looked everywhere for recipes to make my own but they all matched the commercial treats.
    Oxbow critter berries are about the only good commercial treat and all my pigs like them. They are mostly dried carrot and cranberry extract along with lots of other plant ingrediants, cane molasses, and some added vitamins. Drying the carrots is suppose to make them healthier by removing the sugars and breaking down some of the excess vitamins that make carrots a bad food to feed daily. Critter carrots have much the same ingrediants but instead of being a somewhat crumbly round treat they look like giant pellets and only one of my pigs will eat them.

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    Re: binder (corn syrup)

    I do not suggest making homemade piggie treats with bits and nuts and seeds in them. Give them small bits of fruits a couple times per week as a treat instead.

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