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General Hay or fresh grass?

just8be8free

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So basically our backyard grass has started growing and it's really nice and green, no chemicals added. Well cared for and completely natural. So would I t be ok if I started giving the guinea pigs that grass instead of hay?
 

peachyteen

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you can give them grass, but they still need hay at all times

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Comely Guineas

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It would be kinda hard to give them a constant unlimited supply of that grass so it's better to have both
 

Nikkipig

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Grass can be given in place of hay, but it needs to be introduced to their diets gradually so that they don't get upset stomachs.
 

just8be8free

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[MENTION=18967]Nikkipig[/MENTION]
They do eat grass a lot but I was wondering if it can be a substitute for hay
I think I'll just have them both


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Nikkipig

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@Nikkipig
They do eat grass a lot but I was wondering if it can be a substitute for hay
I think I'll just have them both


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If the grass is already in their diet, then yes, it's okay to eliminate hay completely.
 

bpatters

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Unless you've got a LOT of grass, do not eliminate hay completely. Hay has proteins that grass does not have, and it takes a LOT of grass to replace them.

Also, the grass in your yard may not be as clean as you think if other animals pee and poop on it.

The safer thing to do is just to add a small of amount of freshly washed grass to your pigs' diet until you build up to a few handfuls, and leave them on their hay.
 
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