Growing from seeds Q&A: How many times/how much should a guinea pig eat a day?

Question by unicorn: How many times/how much should a guinea pig eat a day?

Not including Timothy Hay. Just food, like vegetables and fruits.

*If you need the age of the guinea pig: 11 months.

Best answer:

Answer by jenson.james J
4 times a day

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3 Responses to “Growing from seeds Q&A: How many times/how much should a guinea pig eat a day?”

  1. chocoholic9179 says:

    how many times u wanit to eat? duh gawsh
    ur in charge cuz u bought it
    kill it if ur willing to over feed it :) nah jk
    but i was serious about the how many times u wannit to

  2. mikenzie G says:

    fruits and veggies=anytime it doesnt matter doesnt matter… amopunt.. just make sure it gets enough vitamin C A=adn after tht it doesnt matter how much… pellets=2 a day aprox. 1 normal sized bowl…. timothy hay= constat supplie… water= constant supplie…. cheerios= never….. treats only when they are good boy/girl
    hope it helped!

  3. Kupcake says:

    Ehh please ignore the other ignorant and highly illiterate answers already given…

    A guinea pig should eat approx. 1 cup of vegetables/fruit a day. Usually, you should feed your pig twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. Only feed half a cup each feeding, so they get a total of 1 cup per day. You should feed a range of different vegetables and fruit so your piggie gets all the nutrition it needs. I’ve posted a pretty long list of good and bad foods you can feed your pig. I’ve copied and pasted btw lol.

    Recommended :
    1 cup of mixed veggies per pig per day. Unlimited hay. Unlimited pellets.

    HIGH Vitamin C foods:
    - Guinea pig pellets with stabilized vitamin C – alfalfa based for youngsters, pregnant & nursing sows, slim or sick pigs; timothy based for healthy, grown, chubby pigs (do not substitute rabbit or chinchilla pellets; avoid mixes with nuts, seeds or colored bits)

    - Parsley – curly or plain (high in calcium)
    - Cilantro / Chinese Parsley / Corriander greens
    - Celery leaves

    - Collard greens
    - Mustard greens / Leaf Mustard
    - Water Cress
    - Garden Cress
    - Swiss Chard, Red Chard
    - Beet greens
    - Spinach (feed in moderation, linked to formation of kidney & bladder stones)
    - Carrot tops / leaves
    - Peas in pods, Pea Shoots (not dried)

    - Dandelion greens
    - Grass – wheat, winter rye (grown in pots from seed)

    - Kale – curly or plain
    - Broccoli, Broccolini (stems are liked better than flowers)
    - Broccoli Rabe / Rabe / Rapini
    - Cauliflower / Broccoflower
    - Brussels Sprouts
    - Cabbage
    - Red Cabbage
    - Tuscan Cabbage / Cavolo Nero
    - Savoy Cabbage
    - Kohlrabi leaves

    - Bell / Sweet Peppers – red, green, yellow (not hot or chile)
    - Tomato (sores around mouth can develop; leaves poisonous; artificially grown can be low in vit C)
    - Tamarillo (leaves poisonous)

    - Orange (caution – sores around lips can develop)
    - Tangerine / Mandarin (caution – sores around lips can develop)
    - Grapefruit (caution – sores around lips can develop)
    - Lemon, Lime (home-grown best, otherwise feed cautiously)
    - Cantaloupe Melon
    - Honeydew Melon
    - Currants – yellow, red or black (leaves also edible)
    - Gooseberries
    - Strawberries
    - Kiwi Fruit
    - Mango
    - Guava
    - Feijoa / Pineapple Guava
    - Papaya / Paw Paw / Tree Melon
    - Persimmon – american or oriental
    - Rosehip

    LOW Vitamin C foods:
    - Hay – timothy, meadow, alpine and others (must always be available)
    - Alfalfa – green or dried (high calcium & calories – good for youngsters, pregnant & nursing sows)

    - Romaine Lettuce
    - Lettuces – red, green, butter, Boston and other (avoid iceberg)
    - Frisee Lettuce
    - Arugula / Rocket / Roquette / Rucola
    - Green Endive
    - Belgian Endive
    - Radicchio / Italian Chicory
    - Treviso Radicchio
    - Salad mix (without iceburg lettuce)
    - Artichoke
    - Asparagus
    - Anise
    - Basil
    - Dill
    - Mint
    - Thyme
    - Chives (caution, feed in moderation)
    - Green Onion tops (caution, feed in moderation)
    - Green Leek tops (caution, feed in moderation)
    - Sweet Onions (caution, feed in moderation)
    - Celery stalks (cut into small pieces)
    - Corn on the cob (strings, leaves & stalks are edible too)
    - Green Beans in pods / String Beans (not dried)

    - Carrots (feed in moderation, vit A in carrots said to cause liver problems)
    - Yam / Sweet Potato (high in vit A? – leaves edible)
    - Beets
    - Celery Root / Celeriac
    - Kohlrabi bulbs
    - Radishes (if mild)
    - Turnip
    - Parsnip
    - Rutabaga
    - Parsley root

    - Cucumber (fresh only, not pickled)
    - Squash – acorn, banana, butterhorn, spagetti, and others (feed in moderation)
    - Zucchini
    - Pumpkin

    - Pineapple – fresh (sores around lips & mouth can develop)
    - Apple (avoid seeds; if too tart, sores around lips & mouth can develop)
    - Crabapple
    - Pear
    - Asian Pear
    - Plum, Prune (dried high in sugar – as treat only)
    - Nectarine
    - Apricot
    - Peach
    - Cherries (remove pits)
    - Cranberries (whole fruit, not concentrate or juice)
    - Raspberries
    - Blackberries
    - Bilberries
    - Blueberries
    - Watermelon (can cause diarrhea – high water content)
    - Banana (feed in great moderation – can cause constipation)
    - Passion Fruit / Granadilla
    - Grapes (in moderation, high in sugar)
    - Figs (dried high in sugar – as treat only)
    - Dates (dried high in sugar)

    EDIBLE wild grasses, plants and herbs:
    (make sure you know what you are picking! be sure to pick from places free of contaminants such as pesticides , exhaust fumes or animal urine ; pick plants that are healthy looking, without insect damage, fungus spots, breakage, or wilting)

    - Grass (common grasses are edible, avoid ornamental grasses)
    - Clover (Trifollium repens or Trifolium pratense)
    - Dandelion (Teraxacum officinale) – pick leaves, stems, flowers (even root OK)

    - Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
    - Blackberry leaves (Rubus plicatus) – pick young & tender leaves and shoots
    - Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – leaves and flowers
    - Caraway (Carum carvi)
    - Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
    - Chickweed (Stellaria media)
    - Cleavers / Stickyweed / Goosegrass / Bedstraw (Galium aparine)
    - Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
    - Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaeae) – berries, leaves in moderation
    - Cow Parsley (Anthiscus sylvestris)
    - Dog Rose (Rosa canina) – ripe fruits
    - Duckweed (Lemna minor) – aquatic
    - Fennel (Foeniculum capillaceum)
    - Field Violet / Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor)
    - Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)
    - Lemon Mint / Melissa (Melissa officinalis)
    - Linden / Lime Tree (Tilia cordata or Tilia platyphyllos) – flowers with pale yellow leaflets
    - Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)
    - Pepermint (Mentha piperita)
    - Plantain (Plantago major or Plantago lanceolata)
    - Raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus) – pick young & tender leaves and shoots
    - Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
    - Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
    - Silverweed (Potentilla anserina)
    - Vetch (Vicia x)
    - Yarrow (Achllea millefolium)
    - Whortleberry / Heidelberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) – berries, leaves in moderation
    - Wild Chamomile (Matricaria chammomilla)
    - Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) – berries and leaves

    AVOID Danger foods:
    - Iceburg Lettuce (low nutrition, high water)

    - Hot Peppers / Chiles / Paprikas
    - Hot herbs and spices
    - Pickled veggies (dills, capers, sour krauts)
    - Garlic or pungent onions (will not poison pigs, )
    - Tomato leaves & stalks (poisonous)
    - Tomatillo leaves & stalks (poisonous)
    - Rhubarb (poisonous)
    - Seeds (choking hazard)
    - Dry beans and peas
    - Nuts (too high in fat)
    - Avocado (too high in fat)
    - Coconut (too high in fat)
    - Horseradish (leaves probably ok, root too pungent)
    - Mushrooms
    - Potatos (poisonous if green or sprouted) – sweet patatos / yams are ok
    - Taro (dangerous if eaten raw / unprepared)
    - Jams, jellies and fruit preserves (too high in sugar)
    - Fruit juices (sugar-free, or unsweetened juices are OK)
    - Teas, coffee, colas
    - Fried, cooked and otherwise prepared foods
    - Peanut butter, cakes, cookies, baked goods
    - Milk and milk products

    - Wild grasses, plants and herbs that you are unsure of, or that look different from ones you know
    - Flowers (commercially grown decorative plants contain preservatives & pesticides)

    I believe pellets aren’t necessary if your pig is getting large amounts of hay and fibre. When preparing food, here’s a tip: cut the vegies into long bits instead of little chunks. This way, your piggies teeth get worn down and the risk of your pig developing dental diseases. For a pig under 1 year, I’d actually recommend alfalfa hay which gives young pigs essential fibre and nutrients they need to grow. I feed my pigs the following each morning and night: half a cherry tomato, 2 sticks of celery (some celery leaves are loved if I have them), 1 stick of carrot, 1 stick of cucumber, a slice of chocko, and a slice of red capsicum (bell pepper). Try and stick to a regular feeding time and diet: I feed at 7:30-8 in the mornings and 7:30 at night. During the day, I feed my guinea pigs a few snacks. Parsley, cos lettuce and celery leaves are loved. These are all good for them and allows for bonding time between you and your pig. But don’t feed to much lettuce – it’s mostly water and can cause diahhrea if fed in excess. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

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