Raising a piggy in India

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Post   » Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:36 am

Guys, I live in Bangalore, and will not always have information on things in other states. But guess how I found the information that I DO have? By doing searches on the net! Google is your friend!

If you are interested in having more hay options, start ordering from the site and talking to them, so they know that there is interest in Oxbow or other piggy products.

Ag, the price on the site is pretty much what I pay in stores here. The site may be better to order from, because the product turnover will be higher. Try talking to the company about buying in bulk. Maybe they can give you a deal.

Sahil, try the link, dude! The money you pay for shipping from the states will be more expensive.

Bpatters is right about the hay shipments being in tons. I've spoken to several companies regarding this. Even companies in Bombay will not send me less than 2 tons.

The horse farms in Bangalore do not have good quality hay (lots of bugs and mold), but perhaps farther up you'll get something good?


Post   » Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:38 am

Ag, also regarding the pair of piggies you have, the guy who sold you your pigs is COMPLETELY wrong. Please gain as much information as you can on this site, just as Pooja has.

Let the breeder also know how much damage he is causing by giving out the wrong information just to sell off the pigs and make money.


Post   » Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:20 am

what quantity of hay will be required per piggy per month?

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Post   » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:22 pm

It's hard to quantify. From experimentation you will be able to figure it out. Do offer it all day and night (it should always be available).


Post   » Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:04 pm

I think it would be very challenging for someone abroad to ship in hay. It may not pass customs for quarantine reasons.


Post   » Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:12 am

Well, i have searched quite a lot (Mumbai and Pune).Nobody seems to be keeping hay and are reluctant to start stocking it as well.

I have decided to grow wheatgrass in pots and dry up in the sun and make hay.

Any suggestions on if i should use soil or not?

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Post   » Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:39 am

If you can, use soil. Do you have native grasses that you could harvest and dry? What you could grow in a pot would be a very very small amount. But the guinea pigs would appreciate it.

I would just give the wheat grass fresh (it will actually have some vitamin C in it).

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Post   » Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:08 am

What you grow in a pot isn't going to be enough to keep your pigs' teeth in good condition. Even a poor quality hay would be better than none at all.


Post   » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:03 pm


Ebay is great! Try it out! Has no one ordered from the link I posted?? Guys, the website may be a little more pricey than you'd like, but isn't it better than no hay at all??

**For any piggy slaves in Bangalore**

My piggy, Pinky, just had a bladder stone removed today, and the vets were wonderful! They are not exotic specialists, but they are the best vets I've found so far!

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Post   » Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:15 pm

Horray for Pinky! Keep doing well little one.


Post   » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:27 am

Try the following link. I think this is the one I was talking about. Not sure though.


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Pooja Mehta

Post   » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:46 pm

Puja, i had ordered timothy hay from indiapetstore on 13 Nov but i haven't received it yet. The people there keep saying that it will come in a week but their week just doesn't seem to get over.

I will wait for this week otherwise will talk to people on chubbypetsgarden, the link which Sahil provided,and see if they could give me a good deal.

Meanwhile, i am planning to grow wheatgrass at home and giving it fresh to my piggies, maybe once or twice a day. Should i give them more??

Good to hear that Pinky will not have to suffer now. Hope he is doing well? Good wishes and kisses for him..


Post   » Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:18 pm

Pooja, I'm so sorry that the indiapetstore site is causing problems!! Try to threaten them a bit or something, and ask for money back? Maybe that will get the ball rolling.

Any grass given should be unlimited, if possible, so it may be hard to grow enough wheatgrass. Do you stay in a flat, or have you got a garden that you can grow grass in?

Start slowly with fresh grasses, as too much fresh grass at once can cause stomach upsets. If you know of any local horse farms or racing tracks, check there for hay. Make sure the hay is a good quality, fresh, and without mold or bugs. It will be cheap. but please ensure its quality before giving it.

Pinky actually passed away last week. Even though the surgery was a success, the post-operative pain and stress was a lot to handle, and he passed about 30 hours after the surgery. I'm happy that he is no longer in pain, but he is definitely being missed!
On a brighter note, though, we did get a new baby piggy who is just as stubborn as Pinky was!

Pooja, try to hunt around for a vet that is on the higher end. They may carry piggy food, or at least be interested in supplying.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:01 am

Puja, I am so sorry about Pinky.
RIP Pinky. You will always be remembered..

I called the indiapetstore today and threaten them a bit and they said i will get my hay in 2-3 days. I hope i really get it.

I stay in a flat but i have balcony attached to every room and i also have a personal terrace. So i guess i can grow enough.


Post   » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:46 am

Hey guys! I have some great news. I did a lot of research and found out that alfalfa grass/ hay is actually freely available in india but people are unaware of this name.

Alfalfa is also called lucerne and in india in a lot of places it is reffered to as "Lasoon ghas" ( Not to be confused with garlic.

It is also commonly known as "chaara" and this is the grass commonly provided to cows and horses all around india.

Search around you guys from local farmers or at shops where you get grains in bulk. You might get info on where you will be able to get your hands on lasoon ghas

Esp for Sahil. There are loads of suppliers around punjab who grow this and i also found some who grow timothy as well

Hope this helps you all.

I also tried the indiapetstore thing and am having the same problem that pooja is facing and like i said before i am also planning to grow wheat grass.

Although now i think alfalfa is also going to be available so i can alternate and feed them.

Pimpinpuji: I am so sorry to hear about Pinky. But atleast, she is away from the pain! :(

Many congrats on your new piggy.

It is actually quite easy to grow wheatgrass in pots. My grandmom had grown it once when my grandfather was down with cancer( its very good for such ailments.) What you do is grow it in 7 different pots. Sprout the wheat grains seperately first and then plant them in pots with little soil. Each day plant grains in a different pot. So its one potting for each day of the week. They grow to a good consumable length in about a week. So you have fresh abundant stock for each day.

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Post   » Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:27 pm

Keep in mind that lucerne/alfalfa/"lasoon ghas" is higher in calcium and may cause issues for older pigs prone to stones.


Post   » Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:26 pm

Thanks lynx. I have baby piggies so its fine for now till they are growing... :)

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:16 pm

I have canceled my order from the indiapetstore today. They keep telling me the hay will come in 2 days and today that owner didn't even talk to me and told his employee to tell me that he is not in the shop. That irritated me all the more, so i got angry and canceled the order, though i am feeling bad now since that shop was my only hope :(

My piggies will become 1 year old in January. Can i feed them alfafa?

Any idea what is timothy called in hindi?

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Post   » Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:46 pm

Are there any good quality grass hays that are fed to horses or livestock in the area?


Post   » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:55 am

Hi Pooja: From what i have managed to find out so far is that timothy is not found in india. It is not found in regions like ours at all. But since you were planning to grow wheatgrass i think you can alternate that with alfalfa and feed them.

Lynx: Do you think that alternating like that would be ok for 1 year old piggies. Also Lynx in response to your question, from what i have gained understanding alfalfa is what is fed to horses around here.

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