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Picky piggies!

Livia Rabideau

Junior Guinea Pig
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#1
Anybody else have picky piggies when it comes to hay? I have orchard medley and Timothy 2nd cut. They waste the Timothy has a lot. Picking out the soft strands and blossoms. 😒. Trying to up hay consumption for them. I just ordered bluegrass hay. Hopefully they will like that better!
 

Piggies&buns

Junior Guinea Pig
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Cambridgeshire
#3
I give my piggies a mixture of Timothy and meadow hay but is is becoming very clear that they prefer the meadow hay!
Mine won’t use a hay rack or litter tray either and they just have their hay in a big pile on the floor. I’ve just accepted that that’s the way it is going to be with them!
 

Livia Rabideau

Junior Guinea Pig
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#4
I give my piggies a mixture of Timothy and meadow hay but is is becoming very clear that they prefer the meadow hay!
Mine won’t use a hay rack or litter tray either and they just have their hay in a big pile on the floor. I’ve just accepted that that’s the way it is going to be with them!
I just hate the waste! They poop and pee all over it and won't touch it😫
 

Eriathwen

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#5
Ours only really show interest in timothy if they get it infrequently, otherwise they get bored of it very quickly. My lot absolutely love meadow hay, its full of different types of grasses and weeds so it seems to keep them interested for longer, they also seem to appreciate orchard grass. I find the meadow much cheaper too so waste becomes less of a problem, they'll always have favourite pieces though so usually the more stalkier bits will always be left.
Dont forget though, they eat their own poops, so a bit of pooped on hay is fine, I remove damp areas and refluff it back up each day and they go back to eating it just fine :)
 

HeatherRose

Teenage Guinea Pig
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Kentucky
#6
Anybody else have picky piggies when it comes to hay? I have orchard medley and Timothy 2nd cut. They waste the Timothy has a lot. Picking out the soft strands and blossoms. 😒. Trying to up hay consumption for them. I just ordered bluegrass hay. Hopefully they will like that better!
Mine love bluegrass hay!
 

Piggy Slave

Junior Guinea Pig
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South Yorkshire
#7
My boys are currently on Wilko's hay but I'm not happy with it so they will be trying something else next time, I found when I had them on shavings they would tread the hay in and waste a lot, now they are on tea bag bedding they don't seem to waste as much, not sue why but I'm not complaining!
 

sport_billy

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#9
Ours are picky. The soft hay from dustfreehay is going down a treat at moment. Oxbow Timothy is being ignored but to be honest it is yellow and stalky....
 

Livia Rabideau

Junior Guinea Pig
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Kentucky, you.S.
#11
Ours only really show interest in timothy if they get it infrequently, otherwise they get bored of it very quickly. My lot absolutely love meadow hay, its full of different types of grasses and weeds so it seems to keep them interested for longer, they also seem to appreciate orchard grass. I find the meadow much cheaper too so waste becomes less of a problem, they'll always have favourite pieces though so usually the more stalkier bits will always be left.
Dont forget though, they eat their own poops, so a bit of pooped on hay is fine, I remove damp areas and refluff it back up each day and they go back to eating it just fine :)
Thank you!
 

Livia Rabideau

Junior Guinea Pig
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Kentucky, you.S.
#13
Aww. That's where I go! I almost couldn't get in today. I had a scare with the girls, but they squeezed me in! Someone peed a tine spot of blood. Not sure who. Hasn't happened again. They are both completely normal. Dr. Greenfield said to watch them over the weekend. He is off tomorrow on vacation next week 😲. Hoping it's nothing. He didn't think anything was wrong. Hope he is right! He hasn't steered me wrong before. I am just a worrier.
 
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