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fresh fruit and veggies

Post by Gdfi » Thu, 02 Dec 1999 04:00:00



Hi all-

It seems that my 2 pigs will only eat carrots. I tried lettuce (romain and
iceberg), turnips, oranges and broccoli. Occasionally they will nibble small
pieces from apple (only red)  and pears.

I read online that two much carrot is bad for their livers, so I cut down their
carrot intake to 1 pre-cut baby carrot each a day. Besides the fact that they
miss the carrots, I'm worried about their health. They do love the pre-packaged
garden snacks which I mix with their pre-packaged vitamin enhanced guinea pig
diet mix. I also put Vitamin c drops in their water, and tried to give them the
vitimin c drops (they won't touch it).

Is this normal? What other foods can I give them and are they getting enough
vitamin C?

When my mom told me one day I would have kids as stubborn as me I don't think
she was refering to guinea pigs.

Thanks
Elissa  

 
 
 

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Post by Grant Michua » Thu, 02 Dec 1999 04:00:00


Count your blessings! My pigs eat just about everything and if they stay with one
thing to long then it must be changed. There is no two pigs a like in there wants
of food. Bridget likes dandelions, and Duke likes leafy parsley.

Grant

Quote:

> Hi all-

> It seems that my 2 pigs will only eat carrots. I tried lettuce (romain and
> iceberg), turnips, oranges and broccoli. Occasionally they will nibble small
> pieces from apple (only red)? and pears.

> I read online that two much carrot is bad for their livers, so I cut down their
> carrot intake to 1 pre-cut baby carrot each a day. Besides the fact that they
> miss the carrots, I'm worried about their health. They do love the pre-packaged
> garden snacks which I mix with their pre-packaged vitamin enhanced guinea pig
> diet mix. I also put Vitamin c drops in their water, and tried to give them the
> vitimin c drops (they won't touch it).

> Is this normal? What other foods can I give them and are they getting enough
> vitamin C?

> When my mom told me one day I would have kids as stubborn as me I don't think
> she was refering to guinea pigs.

> Thanks
> Elissa

 
 
 

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Post by Russ » Sat, 04 Dec 1999 04:00:00


Yes, being picky with their food does appear to be "normal" GP
behaviour.  Ours prefer one type of broccoli to another, and also only
like apples with a sharp taste. You can try parsley in moderation.
Its apparently rich in Vit. C.  Ours will also eat Kale, but again you
have to feed it in moderation.  Grass is their favourite though.  I
haven't heard of any concerns with regard to carrots, but from what
i've read it seems most things should be fed in moderation.  The GP's
will also eat tomatoes, but not always. It depends what sort of mood
they're in.   Cucumber can also be given but be careful because as
with lettuce, there is a high water content that can upset their
fragile constitutions.  Celery is the first thing they go for at
feeding time, but it has a high oxylate level, so it too must only be
fed in moderation.  I guess its just a question of persevering until
you find what makes them happy.    Best of luck. Russ.

Russell Phillips

Worcester,UK


Quote:
>Hi all-

>It seems that my 2 pigs will only eat carrots. I tried lettuce (romain and
>iceberg), turnips, oranges and broccoli. Occasionally they will nibble small
>pieces from apple (only red)  and pears.

>I read online that two much carrot is bad for their livers, so I cut down their
>carrot intake to 1 pre-cut baby carrot each a day. Besides the fact that they
>miss the carrots, I'm worried about their health. They do love the pre-packaged
>garden snacks which I mix with their pre-packaged vitamin enhanced guinea pig
>diet mix. I also put Vitamin c drops in their water, and tried to give them the
>vitimin c drops (they won't touch it).

>Is this normal? What other foods can I give them and are they getting enough
>vitamin C?

>When my mom told me one day I would have kids as stubborn as me I don't think
>she was refering to guinea pigs.

>Thanks
>Elissa  

 
 
 

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Post by The McGinley' » Sat, 04 Dec 1999 04:00:00


Since our grass is all covered with snow now, Toby has been enjoying fresh
spinach.

Kathleen

 
 
 

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Post by Tamm » Sun, 12 Dec 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>When my mom told me one day I would have kids as stubborn as me I don't think

she was refering to guinea pigs.

LOL!  I was told the same thing!  Mine never had a problem becoming aclimated
to veggies.  In fact, when I got my newest addition, an Abby, she marveled at
each new fruit or veggie I put into her cage.  She would eat the first thing, I
put something else in and she would try that.  

Their diet includes:

Parsley
Dandelion greens
Spinach
Romaine lettuce (iceberg is worthless)
Green leafy lettuce
Green beans
Apples
Pears
Carrots
Packaged salad mixes.
Celery
Cucumbers
Kale
Bok Choy
Collard Greens and a few other things

I vary what they eat because they'll get tired of the same thing.  I really
don't have much to offer other than to say try variety. Buy new veggies and see
what they'll eat. You said you're putting the vitamin C in the drinking water.
Are they drinking it?  Also, make sure they have guinea pig pellets because
they are enriched with vitamin C.

Please keep us posted!

Tammy

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Post by Tamm » Sun, 12 Dec 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Count your blessings! My pigs eat just about everything and if they stay with
one
>thing to long then it must be changed.

Man, Grant, our piggies must be related. I've spoiled mine to the point that I
have to put five or six different things on their paper plate before they'll
choose something they like.  They'll eventually eat all of it but they are very
fussy and I've created that.  But they're my kids and therefore must be
spoiled.  ;-)  And God forbid you give them the same thing more than 2 weeks in
a row.  Withhold it for a few weeks and it becomes their favorite veggie again.

Tammy

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Post by Sal » Fri, 17 Dec 1999 04:00:00


I agree with all of you. These pigs are just like finicky kids. I offer beautiful
romaine leaves to them, and they sniff at them, slowly back away and feign
disinterest. After I leave, and it's obvious that no other varieties of flora are
on their way, they rush to the romaine and devour it like they haven't eaten in
years. What spoiled oinkers! (But they're soooo cute.)
During the Halloween season, I was e***d to try pumpkin on them, since so many of
the readers' pigs went crazy for it. Ha! You would have thought I'd placed raw
sewage in their cage. Oh well.
At least one thing is constant - they ALWAYS go for the grass. :-)
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> >Count your blessings! My pigs eat just about everything and if they stay with
> one
> >thing to long then it must be changed.

> Man, Grant, our piggies must be related. I've spoiled mine to the point that I
> have to put five or six different things on their paper plate before they'll
> choose something they like.  They'll eventually eat all of it but they are very
> fussy and I've created that.  But they're my kids and therefore must be
> spoiled.  ;-)  And God forbid you give them the same thing more than 2 weeks in
> a row.  Withhold it for a few weeks and it becomes their favorite veggie again.

> Tammy

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