Fruit tree branches Question

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Post   » Tue May 26, 2009 8:20 am

I read on cavy you can give pigs fruit branches that have been aged 3 months to chew on. I have a mulberry tree in my back yard I was thinking of using to make them some homade chews for them.

Can they eat the leaves too?

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Post   » Tue May 26, 2009 9:14 am

I heard they like fruit tree branches best when they are fresh.

Not many pigs really chew on these things. Won't hurt, I imagine, but likely won't interest them. Make sure you have plenty of high quality grass hay available 24-7.

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Post   » Tue May 26, 2009 9:29 am

I'd do two searches--

One on google to see if mulberry branches are toxic, and one here at GL to see if there is a thread on this already.


Post   » Tue May 26, 2009 11:21 am

Thanks, I got them the apple wood sticks from the store and they nibble on them from time to time, just was wondering if the leaves would hurt them. They eat everything else green I put in there.

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Post   » Tue May 26, 2009 1:00 pm

Animals will often eat stuff they shouldn't.

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Post   » Wed May 27, 2009 12:47 pm

I would not recommend the Mulberry branches.

I give mine citrus all the time, Orange, Grapefruit Lemon etc, make sure the tree has not been sprayed though.


Post   » Thu May 28, 2009 9:07 am

Thanks, I will skip them then. I am not totally sure if there sprayed so I will just stick to cardboard tubes and homade stuff ,everytime I go to BJs I save all the boxes for them, which they LOVE, plus they think the coroplast is there for them to chew so they probably don't need them anyway.


Post   » Thu May 28, 2009 9:51 am

Ooh! They CAN have citrus branches? Why was I under the impression they couldn't? My mom's got several citrus trees I could cut branches from!


Post   » Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:58 pm

Mulberry leaves are recommended for guinea pigs by scientist from FAO. See here :

And this is a video confirmation :

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Post   » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:08 am

I wonder if anyone knows an online store which sells apple, pear or some other edible fruit tree twigs? Our fruit trees in Belgium get heavily sprayed here, no way clipping some is possible.


Post   » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:21 am

What kinds of citrus branches can they eat? Can they have the branch with the leaves?


Post   » Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:54 am

I have had to improvise for food since I no longer have access to unlimited grass, and have found that hazel branches and leaves, and apple branches and leaves are liked, but they have to be completely fresh or are spurned. They also get brambles, fruit bush branches etc when I can find them. The only thing I dry for them is nettles.

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Post   » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:12 am

I have heard that citrus woods are not safe, but am having trouble finding the page here on GL that talks about this. In the meantime, I did stumble across a short list on this site, but can't vouch for how accurate the information is. It does mention citrus as unsafe:

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Post   » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:40 pm

I just buy the wood chew toys for Guinea Pigs (make sure it says that on the package) from the pet store and my guys do very well with them. You can hang them up where they have to stretch to reach them or if you have them in a cage, you can use zip ties to losely attach them so they slide back and forth. My boys love to push them back and forth with their noses as much as they like to chew them.

By using those chews, I avoid giving them wood that has been treated with chemicals or that could be harmful to them. I just got my little one over a bowel infection that nearly killed him, so I don't want to give him anything that I'm doubtful of. One thing to remember is that you have to change those chews whenever they get worn out. It's also good to move them around when replacing them to give the piggies a change of pace.


Post   » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:48 pm

I personally never provided wooden chews of any kind to my pigs. They are really a waste of money for a guinea pig because a pig can only chew on a piece of wood with their front teeth and it is the back teeth that generally need paring down. They can get all their chewing needs met with a good quality grass hay. With that said, they really do not need to chew branches from trees either, and I figure, since I wouldn't know what branches might be okay and what ones might be toxic, why take the chance?

Also, I would never encourage a guinea pig to eat cardboard. Hamsters and gerbils enjoy chewing up cardboard tubes but they generally do not eat it. They just fluff it into mounds of bedding. Guinea pigs are different. A lot of times if they are chewing something up, they are also ingesting it and cardboard is not part of a pig's proper diet. It may cause malnutrition or a bowel blockage.

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Post   » Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:00 pm

I sometimes provide apple sticks from our apple tree. We don’t spray or use any lawn chemicals. I try to find branches about a half-inch in diameter, and I scrub them with a vegetable brush. If I have corn husks I wrap those around and tie them or sometimes make veggie kabobs.

My concern is if it’s okay for pigs to eat the bark. Mine chews for a little while and eats some of the bark. Once the wood is rough I remove it. Can they get splinters in their teeth or gums?

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