Moonfall, I always interpreted that as the poops with a "Hershey's kiss" on one end. Charlie makes those once in a while but I don't think in his case it's related to dehydration. They look like the one on the left:
From what I've read, baby-cut carrots (which are those small, peeled 'cocktail' carrots and not true baby carrots) are treated with a chlorine-water solution prior to packaging. It's supposedly not enough to pose a health concern; bagged salads are processed the same way.I did read that the baby carrots that don't have the peel are treated.
I think everything is fine with my girls, by the way. Their freshly-made poops look normal; what I was seeing was probably pieces being broken up or stuck together by trampling and being kicked around. I took the fleece out of the cage and put in paper bedding again, and it eliminated the urine odor. Maybe I need new fleece?
I know all I seem to post are photos of poop but here's an example of what I find (there will be a few of them in a pile):
- Supporter in '13
Reading a feedback in the medical threads that for her pigs, the soft poo seemed connected to too much pellets or eating too much at 1 go, I tried giving the girls pellets with more intervals + cutting down a few (6-9) pellets for the suspected pig. I had previously held back on giving them vegetables (type and amount has been the same) but it only helped slighly. Have to say, with the slight drop in pellets and moving the frequency to 3 times at the pellet dish VS 1-2 times has helped quite a bit to firm back up the poos.