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So, is it true that you should feed guinea pigs pellets that all look the same so they don't pick and choose what they want and what they don't want? @)
 

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yea, ideally, feeding pellets is better so piggies get a balanced diet and the right nutrition in every bite, rather than 'selective feeding' mixes, eating more parts than others and therefore not getting the right nutrition/balanced meal. There is no reason not to feed mixes, just pellets tend to be a better option. Be careful not to feed piggies E colourants which is in some commercial mixes (usually bright coloured - but read the ingredients), it can put your piggies health at risk from bladder stones, cystitis, oral ulcers etc.

Hope this helps?

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Oh my! That's not good...that E coloring!
I am so glad that I fed my piggy (when I had him...) these little timothy pellet thingys. They were light brown, and were all the same shape, size, and color. When I get my new piggy, I am going to feed him the same thing probably, but first, I want the forums' opinion on it. I am going to post a new topic about it.
Look for it, its going to be called "Is this a good food?".
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I feed my boys pellets at the moment and they love them. they have had muesli in the past but the pick out the bits they want and the bits they dont like get left so I find pellets the easier option. and of course unlimited hay and veggies, mine just destoryed a bunch of carrots with the tops on, and a cucumber, no nutritional value but watery and they just go mad for it!
 

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I feed my boys pellets at the moment and they love them. they have had muesli in the past but the pick out the bits they want and the bits they dont like get left so I find pellets the easier option. and of course unlimited hay and veggies, mine just destoryed a bunch of carrots with the tops on, and a cucumber, no nutritional value but watery and they just go mad for it!

Carrot tops are a complete NO for pigs (Vedra told me that when we went to see her with our little one): carrot roots are fine, but not the green tops. Same with beets, even worse, actually: beetroot leafs are toxic to guinea pigs.
 
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Carrot tops are a complete NO for pigs (Vedra told me that when we went to see her with our little one): carrot roots are fine, but not the green tops. Same with beets, even worse, actually: beetroot leafs are toxic to guinea pigs.

I didn't know that o.O
My piggies used to have them loads of carrot tops in the summer, I'm sure I read somwhere they could eat them ?/
 
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It says on the list in the forum of foods guinea pigs can eat that they can eat carrot tops and beet greens...:{ I thought that it was just tomato tops thats were toxic..

Maybe some one should change the other list on the forum...?
 
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It says on the list in the forum of foods guinea pigs can eat that they can eat carrot tops and beet greens...:{ I thought that it was just tomato tops thats were toxic..

Maybe some one should change the other list on the forum...?

That's good! haha :D
'Cos mine absolutly adore carrot tops :)

Yes, I've heard that tom tops/leaves aren't good
 
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I dont feed the green carrot top. I feed them the bit the green comes from at the end of the carrot. Is this ok
 

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Yep it's true.

Always best to feed guinea pigs on a pellet diet, as this prevents selective feeding.

With the mixed food (ones with bright colours, flakes and different stuff in) they will most likely only eat the stuff that is unhealthy for them due to it being more platable, but they are also usually the most fattening ingredients! It's like me giving you a a slab of chocolate, or a carrot stick. Your gona go for the chocolate ;)

Also with the mixed food, there's all sorts of colourings in it etc Not good!

So best feed them on pellet diet. My g.pigs are on Burgess Excel, I've had 6 guinea pigs in total and they have all been on this and all loved it.

Hope this helps :)
 

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Carrot tops are a complete NO for pigs (Vedra told me that when we went to see her with our little one): carrot roots are fine, but not the green tops. Same with beets, even worse, actually: beetroot leafs are toxic to guinea pigs.

Beetroot leaves are not toxic to guinea pigs. They are high in calcium and oxalates (both contributors to different types of bladder stone) which means they need to be fed only in moderation. They are in the same league as the likes of spinach and parsley. The same goes for carrot tops.

To say they are toxic is scaremongering.
 
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Okay, so I am currently feeding my pig some pellets that have timothy hay in it. I probably said this earlier, but all the pellets are all the same shape, size and color. I feed him carrots and broccoli too. I only give him baby carrots.
 
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I've never seen the pellets with Tim. Hay in :O

I give mine all sots of different carrots haha, as long as they're cut into slices and not sticks they eat them lol, I love them with the tops on, it's like 2 veggies in one hehe
 
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http://www.pdsa.org.uk/pet-health-advice/guinea-pigs/diet
That says not to feed muesli, I did at first then went to pellets, then got a sack of muesli as was cheaper and found that sometimes they do leave some flakes, but recently i've noticed they have started eating the whole lot, so I am trying them on it until the sack has gone, and if they do eat the majority I will stick with it, but if they do pick, i'll go back to pellets
 
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Sorry to spam, anyone know of a cheaper pellet? Iwas using excel but it just got too expensive. I got a sack of wag for about £13 and worked out so much cheaper.
 
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Pets @ Home do their own nuggtes, which my friend (who used to breed them, and at one point had 40! o.O) uses all the time, apparetly their made by the same people who make the burgess nuggetts too.
 
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