The new piggy, Snickers, doesn't eat any veggies. I've tried hand feeding him, I've tried just leaving them in the cage, I've tried giving them to him whole, and I've tried chopping them up into little pieces. He won't touch them.
Our other piggies went crazy over veggies from the moment they first saw them, so I'm not sure what to do with this one.
Any ideas to get him used to the idea of eating them?
Snickers is still in quarantine. Do you think he'll pick up on what to do with them once he gets together with our other piggy and sees what he's supposed to do with them?
I got him from an animal shelter, and since he's probably about six months old already, I really thought he'd have been introduced to veggies by now. He seems to mostly eat pellets, and just *a bit* of hay. I think hay was a new food for him as he didn't eat much of it at first. It took a few days for him to get used to it - at least that's what it seemed to me.
After I introduced Rocket to Dale (an avid veggie eater) and they had been sharing a cage for a couple of months, Rocket started to nibble on a few fruits and then veggies here and there. It really did take a couple months though. The first thing he started to eat was pommegranite seeds. I think they taste strong and sweet enough to get him interested. From there, cranberries, carrots, and now he'll eat absolutely any veggie or fruit I stick in front of him. He's also the first one to the dish when he thinks it might be time for breaky or dinner.
So, there's hope, but it may take awhile of offering. Maybe try something that all pigs like: parsley, fresh grass, dandilion leaves, apples... the tasty stuff. That might get him interested more quickly.
When I first got my (permanent) foster girl she had never eaten any vegetables - or hay - only cruddy pellet food. When I tried giving her vegetables, you would have thought she was being fed poison. I tried rubbing it on her lips to get the taste. Nope. I tried being a 'guinea pig' and eating it in front of her. Nope. What finally worked was chopping granny smith apple into very small bits and mixing it with the guinea pig pellets. The apple flavor got onto the pellets. She decided she liked the apple flavor. I popped a small pellet-size piece of apple into her mouth. She would then start eating the pellets and apples.
I gradually added other vegetables and fruits. I think guinea pigs are like human kids. It can take 3-7 times for them to decide if they like something.
Now she knows when vegetables are coming in the evening (it gets dark and she hears my voice). There'll be a loud 'WHEEK WHEEK' from her telling me to get with it. Little stinker is making up for lost time.
The shelter called today to check on him, and I asked them if he ate veggies when he was there. The only thing they fed him were pellets. No hay, no veggies. I think the people who surrendered him didn't feed him hay or veggies, either, judging by his reaction to them. He's still not too sure of the hay, and only nibbles on it a bit.
I'm going to try to mix something into his pellets tonight. My other piggies never like apples, but I'll give those a try for him.
It took a while, but he eventually started trying different veggies that I offered. At first it was only parsley that he liked, then he decided the Romaine was okay, and carrots are delicious. He still hasn't warmed up to red peppers or cucumber, but he is eating about ten different types of veggies now.
He's very skittish and doesn't like to leave his pigloo, but he does come out at veggie time, now. Although last night he figured out that he can move his pigloo over to the veggies, stick his head out, and eat without leaving his pigloo.