Amazing digestive results using Sherwood Pellets

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:07 pm


I'm mixing KMS and Sherwood pellets. Kellie doesn't seem to care for the Sherwood pellets, so they are being mixed about 1/2 with Sherwood pellets.

Cuy

Post   » Thu May 24, 2018 1:24 am


I just started my Nala on Sherwood last Saturday (she has her own medical thread ‘Gassy/GI young female’ or something similar) as we think she is probably sensitive to grain- she had a horrible GI flare-up last week so I decided to stop KMS and try Sherwood. She has been losing a little weight daily since last week but is mowing down hay every day and poops are finally looking good. She is picking at the pellets, I can’t say she loves them so I started supplementing with SARx tonight hoping to get some extra in her. I would guess she is eating 1 tbsp max of pellets a day so I’m hoping that’s enough but she is eating a lot more hay than she used to when she was on KMS. I appreciate hearing everyone’s experience with this food, it’s very encouraging! If anyone has any suggestions about how they got their pigs to come around, I would love to hear them.

TheCageCleaner

Post   » Thu May 24, 2018 12:58 pm


Definitely remaining quite skeptical of the magical results....wish there were more citations behind the claimed benefits by the manufacturer. I have a hunch that if the long-term effecfs were to be studied there would be too many confounding factors (pellet intake before/after, overall diet changes at the same time of pellet switch, etc.) muddying the data.

bpatters
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Post   » Thu May 24, 2018 3:04 pm


Exactly, TheCageCleaner.

We're seeing all these anecdotal reports from untrained observers based on a manufacturer's claims that he does not substantiate with scientific data. Color me VERY skeptical of these results.

Cuy

Post   » Thu May 24, 2018 4:46 pm


Yes, I was reticent to switch from KMS after Nala’s first GI flare-up in February due to the lack of data and the concern about the calcium situation. My first two guineas both ate Oxbow and KMS with no problems. I am going in to this Sherwood ‘experience’ out of desperation and hoping for the best- so far she is tolerating it fine but like I said up top, she IS eating fewer pellets than before. She would not be a good study specimen at all, true, CageCleaner, as she had a complete diet overhaul at this time anyway and that’s probably the case for a lot of pigs or rabbits making the switch. I also wish there were more citations but am trying to make the best out of a rough situation.

jatean

Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:03 pm


I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to see how people are feeling about Sherwood food now. Have there been any real studies on it's safety?

We tried one bag of Sherwood pellets in order to get away from the soy, wheat and sugar of the Oxbow. Our 4 yr old boar died from kidney stones 3 months after that bag was finished.

I haven't taken the time to add up the calcium amounts, but wondering if it's generally equal levels of calcium between a diet of Oxbow, romaine and red leaf lettuces, peppers, all timothy hay..... or a diet of red or green leaf only lettuce, peppers, orchard grass and some timothy hay with Sherwood pellets. (orchard has less calcium, red and green leaf have less calcium than romaine)

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:04 pm


Going by the numbers may not give the whole picture. Fresh greens sometimes have oxalic acid which can affect how calcium is processed.

JJGiebz

Post   » Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:29 pm


Echoing Jatean’s question - anyone who has been using these pellets for a while have any issues long-term?

I just read about these pellets today and am wondering if they could help my 1 yr old boar who has had extremely gritty pee for the past few months. He has occasional blood in his pee for which the vets can find no cause, I’m wondering if it’s irritation from the grit. I’m willing to try just about anything that will get him to drink more and flush his bladder.

SSLee

Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:20 pm


My two girls finished one bag of Sherwood pellets and just started a second bag. The piggies switched to the Sherwood ones with no problem but because I still have several pounds of Oxbow, I mix the two together. I also tried to decrease the veggies but haven't always been successful. Around the same time, I changed from paper bedding to fleece and noticed some grit, which were likely hidden before in the paper bedding. One of the girls, Birdy, is eating a lot more hay and drinking more water. Her sister, Lily, has not increased her water intake. Lily has a much harder time at the water bottle and does not seem to drink properly. I wonder if a bowl would be better for Lily but I don't want poop to get into her water bowl or water spillage. I cannot tell which piggy or both has the gritty pee. Although I am happy with Sherwood's no soy or grain factor, the alfalfa part makes me a little uncomfortable and I am new to piggies.

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