Foods safe to feed
We are what we eat !
Guinea Pigs need mainly vegetables, they only need a small amount of fruit. An 80/20 split is ideal.
Access to unlimited hay and pellets at all times. Timothy Hay/Orchard Hay/Readigrass are excellent treats too.
Try growing your own herbs/vegetables/hays, it’s a cheap alternative and very satisfying. Leave an area of your lawn to “do it’s own thing” and you’ll find lots of interesting things to give your piggies, all for free too.
Vegetables and salad
Bell/sweet peppers – red,green,yellow (not hot or chilli)
Brussels Sprouts and stalk leaves
Celery leaves and stalks chopped finely
Carrots including tops / leaves (not too many, Vit A content linked to health problems)
Corn on the cob (strings, leaves & stalks are edible too)
Celery Root / Celeriac
Lettuce – Romaine, Cos, Lollo Rosso, Lambs Tongue (not iceberg)
Peas in pod
Radishes (if mild)
Spinach (feed in moderation)
Parsley (curly and flatleaf)
From the garden and hedgerow
(please make doubly sure you pick the right ones. Wild Flowers of Britain by Roger Phillips is extremely useful for identifying safe wild plants)
Apple tree leaves/branches
Dandelion (flower and leaves)
Pear tree leaves/branches
Wild Strawberry (berries and leaves)
Apple (don’t over do these, can cause mouth sores)
Currants – yellow, red or black (leaves also edible)
Grapes (in moderation, high in sugar)
Grapefruit (caution – sores around lips can develop)
Orange (caution – sores around lips can develop)
Tomato (sores around mouth can develop – leaves poisonous)
Tangerine / Mandarin (caution – sores around lips can develop)
Watermelon (can cause diarrhoea - high water content)