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Vegetables How much to feed them?

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I was just wondering if anybody knows exactly how much vegetables needs to be fed to a guinea pig daily. I give my piggys romaine lettuce, carrot, apple, and a mix of peppers everyday but im not too sure how much i should be giving them. This information would be very helpful. Thanks
 

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1 cup per pig per day. Apple (and other fruits should never be fed daily). Apples are way too acidic and sugary. Fruits need to be fed very sparingly only once or twice a week. While baby carrots can be fed (1 small to medium sized baby carrot or equivalent of regular carrot, they are more a treat type veggie and are sugary and contain a lot of oxalic acid) it's not a good idea to feed them daily.

You need a variety of lettuces (at least 2 types per day), bell pepper and cilantro. Those make up the daily staples along with zucchini.

Then you add in other things on a rotating basis because variety is the key to a good veggie diet.

Please refer to my charts for what they can eat and how often to feed it. https://www.guineapigcages.com/foru...g-nutrition-charts-poisonous-plants-list.html
 

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1 cup per pig per day. Apple (and other fruits should never be fed daily). Apples are way too acidic and sugary. Fruits need to be fed very sparingly only once or twice a week. While baby carrots can be fed (1 small to medium sized baby carrot or equivalent of regular carrot, they are more a treat type veggie and are sugary and contain a lot of oxalic acid) it's not a good idea to feed them daily.

You need a variety of lettuces (at least 2 types per day), bell pepper and cilantro. Those make up the daily staples along with zucchini.

Then you add in other things on a rotating basis because variety is the key to a good veggie diet.

Please refer to my charts for what they can eat and how often to feed it. https://www.guineapigcages.com/foru...g-nutrition-charts-poisonous-plants-list.html


I see the bolded said over and over on here and yet the chart you link to says that baby carrots CAN be fed daily. Ok, well it says "Almost Daily" while the next choice is 2-4 times a week and really I can't see a difference between "Almost Daily" and "2-4 times a week". Especially when it is in with the things that are suppose to be given daily like Lettuce, bell pepper and cilantro...

But really to me that chart is REALLY hard to understand with the way the categories are labeled. And the colors. It is just hard for first time owners to follow and understand. But I try... I guess to me 4 times a week is about the same thing as "Almost Daily". And what about if I give 2 things out of the blue group? Can I give each thing 4 times a week or would I need to only give each thing 2 times a week? Maybe I just read too much into it.
 

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Basically, "almost daily" means daily. Some things in the 2-4 times per week category are better fed only 2 maybe 3 times a week.

You want at least 3 things from the "almost daily" category (excluding fruits). Those 3 things are lettuces, bell pepper and cilantro.

Then add in at least 3-5 things from the other two main categories daily but rotate them around.

Don't over think anything. You can also look at the sample menu's thread to get ideas on what I mean.

https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/diet-nutrition/24770-sample-veggie-menus.html
 

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Depends on age, weight, ....

Example:
My two pigs get for breakfast a lot of hay. For Lunch Fresh Food like a few leaves salad, some pieces carrots and cucumber. Around noon when they are more hungry ( they tell me) so they get some apple or sometimes banana. For Dinner a lot of hay again.

I always make sure they got enough hay and fresh water. I dont feed them dry processed Food cause its not really needed. Its more harmful. Also no bread.
Red Bellpeppers are pretty good too, cause of the Vitamins.
 

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Depends on age, weight,
No, it does not. It does not matter the age or the weight of any pig. They need the minimum of 1 cup of veggies per day whether they are 1 month old or 6 years old. If a pig is overweight, you don't feed sugary things at all (or very rarely). The diet should break down to something like this: 50% hay, 40% veggies and 10% high quality pellets. Pellets are not harmful but pellet mixes should never be fed due to a risk of obesity, choking hazards and low quality ingredients. It's better to have a small amount of high quality pellets to ensure any vitamins/minerals that they may not get with veggies.

Red bell peppers are very high in sugars and not good for daily feeding. Green and yellow can be fed daily. Fruits should be fed in tiny quantities not more than once or twice a week. Banana isn't a good fruit to feed as it's very gassy and can cause bloat quite easily. Cucumber is too watery for daily feeding.
 

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As everyone else has said, each pig should have at least one cup [preferably split in to two servings, AM & PM] of fresh veggies every day. Start with the staples (letuce, cilantro, green pepper, & zuchinni) and add in some alternating veggies (carrots, celery, orange pepper, fruit, etc.) until you get to at least a cup.

Remember: NO canned or frozen veggies, and not to much fruit, dur to the high sugar content.

Hope I helped...Good luck!
 
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