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Herbs?

Discussion in 'Food' started by Vida, May 15, 2011.

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  1. Vida

    Vida Junior Guinea Pig

    May 10, 2011
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    Can guinea pigs eat herbs?
    Mine adore parsley, but I wanted to know about mint, rosemary, thyme, basil, etc...

    Some places say no, others yes. I have even read that you should never give parsley to a pregnant guinea pig as it has abortive properties...but mine ate/eats huge amounts of it daily. So I thought I would ask the experts... ;)
     
  2. GuineaPigPuke

    GuineaPigPuke New Member

    Feb 17, 2011
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    they can eat any clean herbs
     
  3. Shelley

    Shelley New Member

    Mar 28, 2011
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    I think parsley should be fed in moderation because it's high in calcium. Too much calcium has been linked to the formation of bladder stones. I've also read that it can induce labour as well.

    http://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=42 : Guinea pig 'shopping list' - it lists everything that is ok to feed your piggie.
     
  4. Little Piggles

    Senior Guinea Pig

    Nov 21, 2009
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    Of all the herbs they can have, my lot love parsley, corriander and dill and are developing a fondness for basil too. They tried a few chives last night and they got a mixed reaction - Pixel spat them out! :))
     
  5. Shelley

    Shelley New Member

    Mar 28, 2011
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    Parsley is the favourite for my two boys as well. CheesyPuff pratically eats my hand off to get it - you wouldn't know he was capable of moving so fast. They weren't too impressed with chives either lol.
     
  6. Lady Kelly

    Lady Kelly Adult Guinea Pig

    Jan 11, 2011
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    parsley goes down well with my girls but coriander disappears immediately with Peter :)) keep meaning to nip down the garden and try then on sage, rosemary and fennel. Oh and they all eat the mint as well
     
  7. lily 74

    lily 74 Adult Guinea Pig

    Jul 27, 2010
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    mine like lavender:))
     
  8. piglet_and_rogers_mama

    piglet_and_rogers_mama Adult Guinea Pig

    Mar 23, 2011
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    cilantro is surpringsly a favorite of my pigs (surprisning in my opinion, because i think it tastes like soap! OH will argue with me till the day he dies that it doesnt tho!) rolleyes
     
  9. Vida

    Vida Junior Guinea Pig

    May 10, 2011
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    Catalonia, Spain
    Thanks! Hadn't thought about lavender. Any kind?
     
  10. 2280CLAIRE

    2280CLAIRE Adult Guinea Pig

    Jul 4, 2010
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  11. Fox'n'muffin

    Fox'n'muffin Junior Guinea Pig

    May 7, 2011
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    Chives are part of the onion family - I know the're poisonous to rabbits, and have always assumed the same applies to piggies.
     
  12. 2280CLAIRE

    2280CLAIRE Adult Guinea Pig

    Jul 4, 2010
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    Yeah, I've never even attempted to give them chives as even the taste is quite onion-like. It didn't seem right to give them something that tasted like onion...
     
  13. piglet_and_rogers_mama

    piglet_and_rogers_mama Adult Guinea Pig

    Mar 23, 2011
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    ive never given my pigs anything from the onion family, but ive often thought it's a rather shame that they cant have it. my family never has a shortage of onions, we put it in everything...same goes for garlic! :))
     
  14. Shelley

    Shelley New Member

    Mar 28, 2011
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    Ok when I said mine didn't like chives either I think I actually meant something else. I think I was thinking of dill.:red This is why I don't have dinner parties.
     
  15. 2280CLAIRE

    2280CLAIRE Adult Guinea Pig

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    :))
     
  16. 2280CLAIRE

    2280CLAIRE Adult Guinea Pig

    Jul 4, 2010
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    I love onion and garlic, too :P Easy way to make dinner yummy without salt!
     
  17. piglet_and_rogers_mama

    piglet_and_rogers_mama Adult Guinea Pig

    Mar 23, 2011
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    definitely...except i dont skimp on the salt! it's a wonder my blood pressure isn't through the roof :))
     
  18. Vida

    Vida Junior Guinea Pig

    May 10, 2011
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    I have lots of mint growing in my garden, free and fresh...so of course my guinea pigs don't like it!!!
     
  19. lilpetchannel

    lilpetchannel Junior Guinea Pig

    May 14, 2011
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    My my guinea pig adores parsley ;)
     
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