Tips for a new guinea pig owner?

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Post   » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:45 am

I'm thinking about getting a bonded guinea pig pair. Does anyone have some tips for me on their care?

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Post   » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:58 am

We're happy to answer any questions. In the meantime, almost anything you might need to know in terms of housing, diet, etc. can be found in the Guinea Lynx Care Guide:

Read it over and let us know what specific questions you may have.


Post   » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:45 am

My biggest question is figuring out how to find the best pellets. I'm mostly looking on
Like, for example, are either of these good? Which is better than the other and why?

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Post   » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:32 am

The typical ingredient blend (sounds like they change things up, depending on what is available) for the "Delicious Food Mix" with vitamin C added:
Typical Ingredient Blend:* Lucerne Chaff, Oats, Wheat, Barley, Peas, Maize, Sunflower, Oaten Chaff, Lupins, Canola Meal, Di-Calcium Phosphate, Vitamin & Mineral Premix * May include one or more of the following due to seasonal variation & availability of raw ingredients.

And the second one (peckish? food?)
Selected from: Wheat, Peas, Bentonite, Barley, Oats, Maize, Sunflower, Lucerne Chaff, Oaten Chaff, Lupins, Canola Meal, Lucerne Meal, Salt, Di-Calcium Phosphate and Vitamin C.

Looks like they throw together a bunch of things and hope they are all eaten. The lucerne indicates higher calcium content. If the sunflower is not unhulled, it can be a choking hazard. I can't say I am impressed with either one of these. The peas are added to increase protein. These products look overall more like a chicken feed than a guinea pig/rabbit feed.

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Post   » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:35 am

I googled the ingredients, and if it were me, I'd keep looking. The first are made with lucerne hay, which we know as alfalfa. It's ok for very young pups and nursing sows, but has too much calcium for adult pigs.

The second ones have wheat as their primary ingredient.

You want a timothy hay pellet with no colored bits, nuts or seeds added, and ideally, you want a calcium content of around .4%.

There's at least one Aussie on here who may see your question and be able to suggest pellets. And you could ask the same question over at Guinea Pig Cages -- there are at least two over there.


Post   » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:51 am

Hmm yeah that's what I feared. I know I trusted Oxbow with my hamster a few years back. Would one of these be a better choice? ... llets-1-81kg ... -food-2-25kg

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Post   » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:03 am

The second one is the most popular Oxbow here, and a lot of people use it. It's a good pellet.

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