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Water Food stuck in nozzle

4boipigs

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Earlier today I noticed the water level in my pigs' water bottle hadn't dropped. I inspected it and found the ball was stuck up in the nozzle. I cleaned it out and a huge wad of chewed up food came out! I put it back together and fed the boys; later today I investigated it because Little Bear would try to drink for a second and walk away...and it was clogged again! I know who my culprit is (Gimbly), because he is constantly going back and forth when I feed them pellets. Is there anyway to prevent this? I'm concerned that the bottle will get clogged on one of my longer work days. I have no idea how long it was clogged this time. They have a big water bottle so I only have to change/refill it every couple days. They don't get pellets very often, maybe every other day, so I'll have to be careful with the time I feed them.
 

bpatters

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Multiple water bottles, one more than the number of pigs you have. It's unlikely that they'll all get stuck at the same time.
 

Smileandnod

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It happens a lot! Check those water bottle spouts frequently. I give them a little tap each morning and night to make sure they are working properly.

Guinea pigs are notorious for playing with their water bottles and my lot always need a drink between mouthfuls of pellets too so that gets the spout gunky.

Take [MENTION=13820]bpatters[/MENTION] advice...have extra water bottles readily available so if one gets stuck or leaks profusely unexpectedly your guinea pigs always have access to bottles that are full & work.
 

4boipigs

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What about trying a water bowl? That might work.

Little Bear and his original brother Bruin had a water bowl. It works but it gets dirty fast, and I was changing water twice a day. I'm so glad my pigs learned to drink from a bottle.
 

TheGuineaPigGal

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Little Bear and his original brother Bruin had a water bowl. It works but it gets dirty fast, and I was changing water twice a day. I'm so glad my pigs learned to drink from a bottle.


Agreed. They get dirty really fast. My gps like to poop in them when I have tried them.
 
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