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    Question Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Hello!! My name is Amanda, and I own 1 female Peruvian guinea pig. I've started measuring her pellets - giving her one/eighth of a cup of pellets and I was going to fill it up daily, as I thought it would all be gone... but she doesn't eat it all. Now I've heard that some people give a quarter of a cup of pellets per pig, and fill it up more than once a day. Is this okay?? She gets unlimited hay, and veggies almost daily.

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    My girls do that too. I just keep it at about 3/8 cup of pellets. I have 3 sows, so 3/8 cup!

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by YourSoJelly View Post
    My girls do that too. I just keep it at about 3/8 cup of pellets. I have 3 sows, so 3/8 cup!
    Thank you!

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    My guys don't even get pellets daily right now. We had a calcium issue, so I cut back on the pellets and other veggies that contain larger amount until I get it under control. When they did get pellets daily I would just fill the dish (the dish holds about 1/4 cup) and the two would empty it about every other day.

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by aspecht View Post
    My guys don't even get pellets daily right now. We had a calcium issue, so I cut back on the pellets and other veggies that contain larger amount until I get it under control. When they did get pellets daily I would just fill the dish (the dish holds about 1/4 cup) and the two would empty it about every other day.
    Thanks! Hope your piggies are okay

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMuffinPiggy View Post
    Thanks! Hope your piggies are okay
    They are I'm sure. I was just noticing increasing amounts of white spots, so I cut back on the calcium to see if they went away and they have. I didn't realize that kale was high in calcium, and they were getting it about every other day. So I let their systems clean out hopefully and we will start adding some other foods back in small amounts.

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by aspecht View Post
    They are I'm sure. I was just noticing increasing amounts of white spots, so I cut back on the calcium to see if they went away and they have. I didn't realize that kale was high in calcium, and they were getting it about every other day. So I let their systems clean out hopefully and we will start adding some other foods back in small amounts.
    Muffin also used to get many calcium deposits, I only noticed them when I switched to fleece about a month ago. I switched to Oxbow Cavy Cuisine.

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMuffinPiggy View Post
    Muffin also used to get many calcium deposits, I only noticed them when I switched to fleece about a month ago. I switched to Oxbow Cavy Cuisine.
    Oxbow still has calcium in it though. I am considering switching to KMS as it is the only brand without calcium. Right now, I don't have the money for it so we are just doing extra veggies and hay and giving pellets every other day or so

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by aspecht View Post
    Oxbow still has calcium in it though. I am considering switching to KMS as it is the only brand without calcium. Right now, I don't have the money for it so we are just doing extra veggies and hay and giving pellets every other day or so
    I know, but the pellets she was on before were alfalfa based :/ I know, really bad. KMS? I've never seen it. Is it expensive?

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMuffinPiggy View Post
    I know, but the pellets she was on before were alfalfa based :/ I know, really bad. KMS? I've never seen it. Is it expensive?
    It is something you order online apparently. It appears expensive, especially the shipping, but once you break it down to price per pound, it is relatively cheap

    http://www.kmshayloft.com/hay/

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by aspecht View Post
    It is something you order online apparently. It appears expensive, especially the shipping, but once you break it down to price per pound, it is relatively cheap

    http://www.kmshayloft.com/hay/
    Cool! What pellets are you on now?

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    I've been thinking about switching to KMS pellets lately, but I just bought Oxbow recently. I paid 24 dollars for a 15 pound bag of Oxbow, and I just looked at KMS and 25 pounds of their pellets would cost me 37 dollars with shipping included, so it's actually a lot cheaper for me to order more.

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by filchikmcr View Post
    I've been thinking about switching to KMS pellets lately, but I just bought Oxbow recently. I paid 24 dollars for a 15 pound bag of Oxbow, and I just looked at KMS and 25 pounds of their pellets would cost me 37 dollars with shipping included, so it's actually a lot cheaper for me to order more.
    Yes, it would definitely be worth it! I'm thinking that next month this will be the route I take. I would probably order hay and pellets together though, that makes the cost even cheaper.

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by aspecht View Post
    Yes, it would definitely be worth it! I'm thinking that next month this will be the route I take. I would probably order hay and pellets together though, that makes the cost even cheaper.
    I don't have my pigs yet so I can't speak for quality (Although I've heard it's fantastic!) But I plan on getting the 45 pounds bucket of Timothy pellets and the 45 pound of bluegrass hay, and it'll only cost me 100$ every 6 months. That includes shipping! I think its an amazing deal, and I don't have to go shopping monthly.

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    @TheMuffinPiggy, you may want to contact KMS about shipping pellets to Canada. For a while, they couldn't get them through customs, then they could, but you had to talk to them before ordering.

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    The pellets are just extra things,The pellets have hay in them so it's ok as long as she has hay. No biggy I am seeing that mine isn't eating as much as he was before. So it's fine if she doesn't eat them.

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by guinealover701 View Post
    The pellets are just extra things,The pellets have hay in them so it's ok as long as she has hay. No biggy I am seeing that mine isn't eating as much as he was before. So it's fine if she doesn't eat them.
    Okay, thank you!!

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    Re: Doesn't eat enough pellets?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    @TheMuffinPiggy , you may want to contact KMS about shipping pellets to Canada. For a while, they couldn't get them through customs, then they could, but you had to talk to them before ordering.
    Thanks, but I think I will stick with Oxbow

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