Oat bran, how to feed?

Status
Not open for further replies.

Becky92

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Dec 14, 2009
Messages
428
Reaction score
0
Points
230
Location
Lincoln., uk
Oat bran

How do i serve it to my guinea pigs?

I was told you can just add it to their food or give it them with warm water

What should i do ?/
 

nutmeg

Senior Guinea Pig
Joined
Jul 28, 2008
Messages
7,462
Reaction score
45
Points
695
Location
North West of England
Is Oat Bran just Oats? Sorry probably me being thick. I have fed oats to tiny baby pigs made up into porridge with goats milk. Some people I think just add water. They can be fed dry. I have fed them dry short term to guinea pigs that need short term building up, with other things of course. Depends really why you are feeding them. xx
 

slackalice2k

Teenage Guinea Pig
Joined
Jul 7, 2009
Messages
776
Reaction score
1
Points
0
Location
East Yorkshire
I've fed bran to horses before, and it's like the outer husk of the seed, so it's quite fine. In winter I used to make a bran mash for my ponies just mixed with cool boiled water, I suppose a bit like ready brek for ponies.

It expands when waters added, so maybe it's a good idea to expand it for piggies before it hits their tummies, where if it's fed dry it will expand inside them.
 

Becky92

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Dec 14, 2009
Messages
428
Reaction score
0
Points
230
Location
Lincoln., uk
Ive got Mornflake Oatbran. its 100% oatbran nothing else-:{ lol. It was the only thing in H&B that was closest to bran

My pigs are in a shed so i just want something to 'fill them' so to speak.

They have extra food becauses its cold but i just wanted to add something a little different. I wouldnt feed it everyday, maybe just once/twice a week.

I was thinking a teaspoon mixed with warm water..
 

Becky92

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Dec 14, 2009
Messages
428
Reaction score
0
Points
230
Location
Lincoln., uk
Now I'm paranoid i might hurt them by feeding them it

Itl just be my luck il go feed them it & when i come back **** will tell me not to use it lol

If its oats & bran, both are in guinea pig food .... its natural stuff,nothing added... i might just go try them on a little bit ... but do i dare lol
 

nutmeg

Senior Guinea Pig
Joined
Jul 28, 2008
Messages
7,462
Reaction score
45
Points
695
Location
North West of England
I'm still confused about the oats / bran thing. But with regard to expansion, if you are wetting the oats? either with milk or water, and allowing them to expand before feeding then there should not be too much expansion in the tummies. Probably more careful with dry feeding. xx
 

missy

Adult Guinea Pig
Joined
Feb 2, 2010
Messages
1,855
Reaction score
2
Points
0
Location
Buckinghamshire, UK
I've tried bran with my pigs before (after hearing of other people here doing the same) but mine didn't like it. I gave 100% oat bran (Tescos own) but I think some people probably also use wheat bran. I tried it dry, mixed with water and also mixed with cranberry juice but they wouldn't touch any of it!

As slackalice said, bran comes from the husk of cereal crops, i.e. the rougher, outer layers of the cereal grain which are removed when processing the grain. Some people sprinkle bran on top of their breakfast cereal when they need extra roughage, usually wheat bran, as it's so high in fibre.

There was a similar thread the other day:
http://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=57072
 

slackalice2k

Teenage Guinea Pig
Joined
Jul 7, 2009
Messages
776
Reaction score
1
Points
0
Location
East Yorkshire
well I put bran flakes out for slugs. It's a safer way of controlling them than slug pellets, not very nice for the slug either way though. Bran flakes make them explode. :)>>>

I would be tempted to soak the bran overnight if it was me and just put a small bit aside in a seperate bowl to let them have a try of it.

This is like the stuff I buy in bulk as horse feed.

http://www.seapets.co.uk/products/p...et-foods/seapets-bran-1kg.html?ref=googlebase
 

Joey&Gizmo

Adult Guinea Pig
Joined
Sep 21, 2009
Messages
3,738
Reaction score
3
Points
0
Location
South Wales UK.
Oat bran is fine to feed, just sprinkle it over their dry food and see if they like it. It will do them no harm! :)

I give my boys oats and bran flakes from h&b in the winter months.
 

lynzg

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Aug 10, 2010
Messages
88
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
Surrey
I've fed my pigs Wheat Bran from H&B for a couple of winters now and they've never had any problems with it! I just mix it with a bit of warm water (or boiled and left to cool a bit if I'm making a cup of tea for myself!), give it a good mix so it's all wet and give it to them - they love it!
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top