Handfeeding Recipes

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sef1268

Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 11:23 am


Thought it might be interesting and useful to share our own handfeeding "recipes" here, for those who (like me) might be looking for lower calcium/lower sodium alternatives to commercial handfeeding products.


This is a very simple "recipe" using Kleenmama pellets and a few ingredients that are readily available at most grocery or health food stores (if these items are available in my po-dunk town, they're available almost anywhere). My guys LOVE this stuff.

NOTE: Please be sure to read this information on handfeeding before using this or any other handfeeding recipe.

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1/8 cup of Kleenmama timothy pellets
3 tsp of anise seeds (available in the spice aisle)
4 tsp of plain, untoasted wheat germ (available in the cereal aisle)
1 plain acidophilus, 100mg capsule

1. Grind the pellets and anise seeds to a smooth, relatively uniform dry mix (I use a small, inexpensive Proctor Silex coffee grinder).

2. Add the untoasted wheat germ and the contents of one 100mg acidophilus capsule to the ground mix (use a separate mixing bowl if you have a small capacity grinder).

3. Run this mix back through the grinder to grind to a finer powder. It also helps distribute the ingredients a little more evenly.

4. When finished, dump into a small zip-lock storage bag and refrigerate until needed.

That's it! Makes approx. 35 grams of dry hand-feeding mix. Double or triple the recipe for a larger batch.

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codyNpatches
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Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 11:36 am


I'm glad you started this thread sef! How long will the mixture last in the fridge? Can you freeze it?

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sef1268

Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 11:53 am


Hmmm. Good question. Both acidophilus and wheat germ need to be refrigerated in order to stay viable, but I don't know how well either of them freezes. I'll do a little more digging and see what I can come up with on that.

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Kat

Post   » Thu May 06, 2010 3:26 am


This is a great thread!

Do you use acidophilus even when pigs aren't taking antibiotics?

Also, is there a way to grid the ingredients without a coffee grinder?

I usually let my oxbow pellets soak in water for awhile (a few hours is enough), and then mix with a little pumpkin baby food for taste.

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GuineaPiggin

Post   » Thu May 06, 2010 4:22 am


Excellent thread, thanks for starting it. I'll have to bookmark this for (hopefully not for a while, if ever) future use.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu May 06, 2010 8:37 am


I think I'll sticky your thread for a while during discussions and maybe I can add some recommendations to the hand feeding page later.

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Mon May 10, 2010 11:14 am


Awesome thread! I'm so glad you posted about this. Fiona requires a lot of CC and this sounds like a good alternative. I will certainly be trying it out.

Kat: The only thing I can imagine using instead of a coffee grinder is perhaps one of those "magic bullet" blender things. But I'm not sure if those are really meant to grind solids.

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sef1268

Post   » Mon May 10, 2010 12:45 pm


Letting the pellets soak in water would break up the pellets, but wouldn't grind down the anise and wheat germ.

I bought this small electric grinder at the local grocery store for around $9 last year:

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Really like it...it's easy to clean, doesn't take up a lot of room, and does a good job with grinding.

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sef1268

Post   » Mon May 10, 2010 12:53 pm


Also...it looks like the "Kleenmama" mix could stay viable for about a week with refrigeration. This is due to the use of raw wheat germ, which can turn rancid rather quickly.

Not sure if toasted wheat germ would have the same nutritional benefits-?

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tiggyswift

Post   » Mon May 10, 2010 6:40 pm


I have that exact coffee grinder. I used it to grind pellets for Elmo when I was handfeeding him. Works great, and it was not expensive at all. I will have to try this recipe next time I have to hand feed.

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eschimpf
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Post   » Mon May 10, 2010 8:58 pm


Great thread, I'm going to write this out and stick it into my guinea pig binder. Thanks so much.

cutemomomi
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Post   » Thu May 13, 2010 8:31 pm


Thank you very much for posting this recipe.
I just have a couple of quick questions.
Can the kleenmama pellets be subtitled? We usually have Oxbow here at the house.
And anise seeds? Is star anise the same?
I couldn't anise seeds today, but I came home with a sachet of STAR anise ones.

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sef1268

Post   » Fri May 14, 2010 12:12 pm


Sure; the Kleenmama pellets could be substituted for Oxbow (essentially, making your own Critical Care).

On the Anise...as far as I know, Star Anise and "regular" Anise are two different plants. I don't really know anything about Star Anise, and probably wouldn't use it for the pigs. Anise seeds look like this:

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I found mine at the local grocery store, right where all of the spices are. It was in a little jar just like this one:

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cutemomomi
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Post   » Fri May 14, 2010 12:42 pm


Oh,.... okay.
We use star anise quite often in traditional Chinese cuisine, I was a bit suspicions of it because it has a rather pungent smell...

Thank you for pointing it out for me Sef. :)

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Fri May 14, 2010 1:32 pm


Ooh, thanks for the picture sef. That's helpful as I've never seen anise seeds (that I know of). We're going to get this stuff today and will try it out this weekend.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:48 am


By the way, I think if you also mixed in 1/4 of a 100 mg chewable crushed vitamin C tablet (maybe just before adding the water for a day's batch), that would help lots for a guinea pig too.

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daisymay
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Post   » Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:09 pm


What is 1 plain acidophilus, 100mg capsule can this recipe be used when piggy on medication? Can the Anise seeds be left out? As this is why Jessie went off the C&C. If this is a Probiotic we use Protexin.
Are there anyother recipes? At present we are soaking Oxbow pellets in water and then mixing this with vegetables that have been through the juicer like Capsicum, rockmelon, grass, spinach, cucumber, carrot to name some.
Will follow this thread with interest.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:15 pm


I think Sef was just throwing out a recipe she liked and actually soliciting other combinations. You might come up with something on your own.

Charybdis

Post   » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:08 am


Sef asked me to post Rainy's recipe here:

1 tbsp Oxbow Cavy Cuisine (I don't have a grinder so I soak the pellets in really hot water and they fluff up fast)

1 tbsp canned pure pumpkin

1 tbsp squash or carrot baby food

1-2 tsp of Gerber Whole Wheat Baby Cereal

Then add water until it's the consistency of cream soup....could be thicker for a pig that does not have severe teeth issues.

BTW, I use Lifetime liquid acidophilous. It is dairy-free and the pigs like the taste. If a pig is on antibiotics I give 1 cc twice a day.

ETA: I should have noted that I would prefer to use Critical Care and also less baby food, but Rain will only eat this recipe.

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daisymay
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Post   » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:16 am


Has any one tried the baby cereal Farex? Is it good for piggies? Was thinking of adding it to the pellet mush to feed Jessie?
Have tried Jessie on Pumkin and Sweetcorn babyfood and she gagged she hated it so much. Shame if pumpkin is good for them in small amounts.
Am pretty sure we do not have Gerber baby cereal here, but will have a look at what the shops have.

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