Veggies to eat daily

Hannahb2804

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Hi wondered if someone could help me, I’m creating a list of what my piggies can eat during the week and writing out when they rotate and change etc, and I wanted to know what leafy greens that can be given? I was thinking romaine was okay to give a few times a week but then I saw this on a guinea pig forum on Facebook;

Romaine is not safe daily or even weekly. It has little to no nutrition, and can cause bloating and digestive issues. Should be rarely given if ever

so I’m quite confused, I’ve read the feeding guide on this forum and I’ve read quite abit but can anyone tell me or show me their feeding schedule or something like that that’s fed through the week? I know I can feed peppers daily but I don’t have access to fresh grass, so if anyone could help me that would be fab x
 

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I just saw that last paragraph. I think carrots, fennel, and cucumbers are good just not on a regular basis
 

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It’s good you’ve read the feeding guide on here - it’s a guide so you don’t have to follow it rigidly, but it gives you a good basis.

There is also this guide which details all the veg items they can and cannot eat - Edible And Forbidden Veg And Fruit List With Vitamin C Grading

i feed pepper, coriander, lettuce, cucumber every day. They will also get spring greens On occasion.
I then rotate in other veg and herbs from the list in the link above dependent on whether I’ve got them in stock or not. if I don’t have anything I fancy putting in, then they will be on their basics of coriander, pepper, lettuce, cucumber
The only things that I keep strictly limited are those with high calcium such as spinach. Carrot is high in sugar and should be regarded as a treat - my two might get a tiny bit once a month if they’re lucky. I hardly ever feed fruit - I’ve had my boys for two years and I think I’ve given them fruit about three times in those two years.
 

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It’s good you’ve read the feeding guide on here - it’s a guide so you don’t have to follow it rigidly, but it gives you a good basis.

There is also this guide which details all the veg items they can and cannot eat - Edible And Forbidden Veg And Fruit List With Vitamin C Grading

i feed pepper, coriander, lettuce, cucumber every day. They will also get spring greens On occasion.
I then rotate in other veg and herbs from the list in the link above dependent on whether I’ve got them in stock or not. if I don’t have anything I fancy putting in, then they will be on their basics of coriander, pepper, lettuce, cucumber
The only things that I keep strictly limited are those with high calcium such as spinach. Carrot is high in sugar and should be regarded as a treat - my two might get a tiny bit once a month if they’re lucky. I hardly ever feed fruit - I’ve had my boys for two years and I think I’ve given them fruit about three times in those two years.
Okay thankyou! So they’re okay to have romaine lettuce? I was thinking maybe getting two types of lettuce and switching between the two each day, peppers, a sprig of corriander, oxbow vit c cookies and then a slice of cucumber once or so a week
Would that be fine? This forum on Facebook are all saying lettuce should not be fed etc even though it’s listed on a lot of forums like happycavy, so if that’s all ok then that’s fine I just didn’t want to be reading wrong info :)
 

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Lettuce is fine. Too much can cause tummy issues, but it’s fine to give it. The key is moderation - don’t overdo some food items. It is safe to feed cucumber daily if you wish.

Any new veg that they’ve not had before needs to be introduced slowly so as to not cause tummy problems. If you notice poops getting soft, then cut out veg (feeding only hay and their normal limited amount of pellets) for as long as it takes for poops to normalise again, and keep them off veg for 24 hours after they normalise.
 

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Okay thanks, the piggies I’m getting next week are fed veggies everyday I made sure to check and find out what they’ve been eating so I could be sure, will it cause tummy issues if I switch between the two during the week so they don’t have the same one each day? Or would you say no lettuce everyday even if it’s different. Sorry for asking so many questions x
 

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I’d personally give them one type for a week and then once you know they’re ok with it, then add in the other. While you are getting to know them, you don’t want to make a lot of chopping and changing about as you just won’t know what their sensitivities are. Once you know they are ok with all the food you intend to feed them, then mixing it up from day to day is ok. As I say, my piggies get some lettuce every day.

It’s good you’re asking questions, we encourage it! We’d all rather you asked and were prepared!
 

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I’d personally give them one type for a week and then once you know they’re ok with it, then add in the other. While you are getting to know them, you don’t want to make a lot of chopping and changing about as you just won’t know what their sensitivities are. Once you know they are ok with all the food you intend to feed them, then mixing it up from day to day is ok. As I say, my piggies get some lettuce every day.

It’s good you’re asking questions, we encourage it! We’d all rather you asked and were prepared!
Okay thankyou so much!
 
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