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Grass Help!

Koko

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heya!

My boyfriends mum picked a bucket of grass for our piggies and she got it from her friends farm.

Can guinea pigs eat any type of grass? will the grass from the farm be okay for them to eat?

Is anyone able to identify the type of grass this is? It is a little fuzzy on the stems too - is this safe?

I am so paranoid that I might feed them something poisonous! :(

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that is the main food eaten by my two piggies... they have their strict preferences but the grass you show in the pic is their favourite one. All the grass in "strings" (sorry, I don't know the proper english name) is very good and nutricious for them. I daily feed my piggies with huge amount of fresh grass picked up at the park:
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this is only their breakfast...:D
 

Janice C

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heya!

My boyfriends mum picked a bucket of grass for our piggies and she got it from her friends farm.

Can guinea pigs eat any type of grass? will the grass from the farm be okay for them to eat?

Is anyone able to identify the type of grass this is? It is a little fuzzy on the stems too - is this safe?

I am so paranoid that I might feed them something poisonous! :(

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Looks inviting! As long as you wash it well under running water they'll be delighted with some different varieties! I'm not looking forward toWimter as my piggies enjoy lots of fresh grass, clover etc every day just now.
 

acapae

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Is anyone able to identify the type of grass this is? It is a little fuzzy on the stems too - is this safe?
The species is Holcus lanatus aka Yorkshire fog. How smooth or fuzzy grass stems is is just like a species variation thing rather than linked to safety. My piggies like this species a lot - I usually try and give them a range of grasses rather than the same one or two all the time.

they'll be delighted with some different varieties
Species ;)
 

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That is very interesting,ive been walking today and collected a bag of grass,with lots of variety it seems.
 

Koko

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Thank you everyone! Does anyone have tips for keeping it as fresh for as long as possible? There is lots and lots of grass but I don't want to have it all die!
 
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depending on the type of grass (the softer one is more delicate). I pick up the grass and I put it into a bag well sprayed with water (I use a light water, the one with low calcium) and I put the bag well closed into the drawing of the fridge. After two days the grass is finished but it is still very fresh. I think it is better to eat the grass within two days because of the vit C which would disappear after too many days from the harvest. The piggies recognise an "old" grass... after 3-4 days it can look still fresh, but they don't like it and... wee and poo on it.
I have a plastic bag made of a special plastic, similar to a fabric (the bag is very cheap, it is nothing special). I see that it is very good for keeping the grass fresh:
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when you pick up the grass, use a knife so that the lawn is not ruined and new grass will grow in few days (and using the knife you avoid to cut the part in contact with the soil which may be contaminated).
 
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