I was at the store tonight trying to get my boys some new veggies. I have a couple of questions.
How often can guinea pigs eat carrot greens? How much?
I thought I read somewhere that any kind of root can be harmful. Like parsley root?
How often can they have watercress?
Modest amounts infrequently. They are quite high in calcium.
So parsley root they can have as well?
Lynx, is that the watercress? Usually when I buy a bunch of carrots with tops there aren't too many in the bunch. I can divide that pretty well between my 10 pigs but for 2 pigs I would imagine a couple of sprigs apiece every couple of days would be ok?
My pigs are afraid of watercress. When I tried to serve them some they acted like I was trying to poison them.
I thought it was the cress that had the calcium?
We don't have problems with sludge here, so I do feed carrot tops and cress whenever I get them.
They gobbled up the carrot tops! I cut the top chunk off of two carrots and left the greens and gave one to each pig. They inhaled them!
I decided to print out the veggie chart from guineapigcages and I am going to post it on my fridge. It took me a few minutes to find it. Of course carrot greens are not on there.
Still curious about any kind of roots?
Sorry I wasn't more specific. The carrot tops are extremely high in calcium (someone had trouble finding the info but that's what we discovered).
Thanks Lynx. I will use it sparingly.
Ah, good to know. I don't get them for my pigs very often and will keep it that way since I now know they are high in calcium. Thanks!
Rabbits love carrot tops. They get the bulk of it here but the pigs get it sparingly.
They are good for babies or pregnant sows though!
Sus, what about any kinds of roots? Can guinea pigs have parsley root? I imagine it would be very high in calcium too.
I don't think I'd feed any type of root. But if someone else knows any different, please let us know! Always nice to have more options.
The Whole Foods near me had some lovely bunches of dandelion greens today!
STF, I am jealous that you have a whole foods so close to you.
I feel stupid asking this, but here it goes. Dandelions are those things found in your yard right? What do people use them for? I thought they were just weeds, but I keep seeing here that people are purchasing them at stores?
Dandelion Greens :
I buy them at the farmer's market mostly. They are overprized at my Whole Foods - $4 for a tiny bunch.
Parsley roots are high in calcium. Don't know about feeding them. Google says they have positive effects on stomach and uterus ailments though.
Thanks for the visual sus. That is cool about parsley root though! I'll stick to the veggies that are known to be safe.
Carrots are a root! Radishes & turnips too. Unfortunately, it isn't as cut and dried as saying all roots are bad or all roots are good. THAT would make life too easy for us poor cavy slaves. lol
CnP the dandelions that you'd find in your yard aren't nearly that large. In lawns that are mown they tend to be smaller and grow very flat to the ground. Usually lower than the surrounding grass. If the sun will cooperate this morning I'll try to get you a photo of what the wild ones look like around here.
I mean, I know what they are I think, but didn't realize humans ate them? We have tons in our front yard, but unfortunately the boys can't have them.
They are the greens that have the yellow flower? Or and I am completely off my rocker here?
Dandelions were originally brought to North America by European immigrants as an easy to grow salad green.
I live in the "little italy" neighbourhood of my city (note: i am not Italian), and dandelion greens are always available at our grocery store because of all the little old Italian grannies :)
They're actually pretty tasty - they remind me of a cross between spinach and arugula.
Sorry, I took some photos yesterday with my phone but it's such a PITA to get them on the computer that I haven't tried yet. Yes, they have yellow flowers on them in the spring & summer months. If it's been a while since the DH put out fertilizer or sprayed the lawn then they should be fine. If it's rained on fertilizer at least once you're good. With pesticides or herbicides you're okay after a rain and two weeks. The only exception to that is if he's putting out some type of long lasting stuff for fleas or fire ants.
This applies to horses but since pigs are so small I'd likely wait a month instead of two weeks if he's used a pest or herbicide.