Best Guinea Pig Nuggets In The Uk?

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Hi all!
So I've just been told by another piggy friend, that the Burgess Excell Nuggets aren't very good for piggies - due to the lucerine & molasses. Now, I already knew about the molasses, but thought the benefit of the food outwayed that. However Lucerine stands for Alfalfa! Which I am not happy about!
SO, I'm looking for a low calcium natural pellet brand for my girls!
I've looked at Harringtons & am leaning towards that. Would get the Oxbow pellets, but sadly do not have an unlimited pot of money :( lol.

Any recommendations with calcium content details would be fab!

Thank you!
Charlotte & the girls x
 

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@helen105281 has done a fair bit of looking at nuggets and content so might be able to say which are low in calcium.

I feed Vitacraft Emotion (buy them from zooplus online) and am very happy with them. I noticed a positive difference in our piggies when I moved to them.

Others have said good things about Bunny or JR Farm - also both available at zooplus.
 

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Sorry just read OP again and spotted the bit about budget. Of the 3 I mentioned, JR Farm is the cheapest. With all of them I think you get some discount for buying more than one bag at once and you can also get a discount on your first order plus pay a small(ish!) amount to get 5% off every future order which helps save a bit more.
 

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Sorry just read OP again and spotted the bit about budget. Of the 3 I mentioned, JR Farm is the cheapest. With all of them I think you get some discount for buying more than one bag at once and you can also get a discount on your first order plus pay a small(ish!) amount to get 5% off every future order which helps save a bit more.
Thank you for all the info! I've looked at the JR Farm nuggets, but my concern is the size of them! My girls aren't massive fans of biscuit type treats, and I feel they would be put off with how big they are :/
 

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I have been using Harringtons for about a year now and my herd seem happy with them. I'm the same in the sense that I have to be careful budget wise.

I did try them with JR farm but they were not really fans. So I'm sticking with Harringtons. :) x
 

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There are several JR farm ones. I bought one sort once but our girls were not massive fans and I didn't persist. I reckon they would have come round if I had.

Not sure which one you are looking at. The sort I bought wasn't that big. Maybe 15mm long by 7mm ish? It's possible to snap them in half too if you want to before putting them in the bowl.

They are bigger than excel (I used to feed those too) but none of our 8 piggies seem to mind the size difference.
 

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I have been using Harringtons for about a year now and my herd seem happy with them. I'm the same in the sense that I have to be careful budget wise.

I did try them with JR farm but they were not really fans. So I'm sticking with Harringtons. :) x
That's great info thank you!
The Harringtons have 0.8g of Calcium in them, but seems far less than the Burgess! I just want to keep their calcium levels down where I can, so think I'm going to give those a go. Plus there's the benefit of supporting another British company which I would rather do :)
 

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There are several JR farm ones. I bought one sort once but our girls were not massive fans and I didn't persist. I reckon they would have come round if I had.

Not sure which one you are looking at. The sort I bought wasn't that big. Maybe 15mm long by 7mm ish? It's possible to snap them in half too if you want to before putting them in the bowl.

They are bigger than excel (I used to feed those too) but none of our 8 piggies seem to mind the size difference.
The ones a friend linked me to looked pretty big :/ The girls normally have the blackcurrant & oregano flavour & they are their favourite sort of size. I had the normal burgess nuggets once and they were put off by the bigger size. I have fussy piggies! lol.

I think going by my own research on Harringtons in comparison to Burgess, I'm going to trial those and slowly switch those over hopefully! Plus it's a British company to support :)
 

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I was using the burgess but I bought a bag of the asda pellets last week and they are slightly bigger than the burgess the calcium content states 0.8 percent but it does class lucerne ie alfalfa as an ingredient
 

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Mine love the Asda nuggets, I get empty bowls every day, plus they do them for both piggies and bunnies so I can grab both on the monthly food shop. ;)
 

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Thank you all for the advice!
After much deliberation, I've decided I'm going to stretch to the Oxbow Cavy Cuisine pellets! Think the extra price will be worth it :) Found them on Hyperdrug at £15.99 for a 4.5kg. I really worry about calcium content & would rather pay the extra to 'hopefully' prevent any stones. *fingers crossed*
 
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