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can guinea pigs eat spring greens

Can guinea pigs eat spring greens?

Can guinea pigs eat spring greens? Spring Greens are similar to kale, in which the central leaves do not form a head or form only a very loose one.

It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most other domesticated forms and is grown primarily in northern Europe, where its tolerance of cold winters is valued for an early spring supply of edible leaves.

The term is also used more loosely to refer to thinnings and trimmed-off leaves of other types of Brassica, including turnip and swede leaves, surplus thinned out young cabbage plants and leaves from cauliflower and brussels sprouts. (source)

Can guinea pigs eat spring greens?

They can eat them in small amounts. Don’t feed them too much due to the amount of water content that they contain, however, they will enjoy them and will eat as much as you give them.

Just make sure that the spring greens are washed thoroughly before you feed to them, so that they are free of bugs and unfriendly bacteria.

For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our guinea pig food list.


can guinea pigs eat dry leaves

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Dry Leaves?

Dry leaves are those types of leaves that have been cut off from their stalks and so have life in them anymore.

They have lost their freshness and their original color.

Dry leaves may gain a different texture compared to their previous state.

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Dry Leaves?

Yes they can nibble them, but its doubtful they would really want to.

My guinea pigs never go for dry leaves and much prefer the freshness of those that have just fallen or been picked from a tree.

For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our guinea pig food list.

can guinea pigs eat dead leaves

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Dead Leaves?

Dead or dry leaves are those leaves which have fallen from trees or plants and are longer connected to the stem which gives them nutrients and life.

As a result, they dry up and die.

With this they lose their color and texture, becoming brown, grey, yellow or black in color and becoming more brittle in texture.

They become easier to break up as a result.

Can guinea pigs eat dead leaves?

Yes, they can eat them, although they won’t like them as much as fresh leaves to eat.

They much prefer green leaves than anything else.

For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our guinea pig food list.

can guinea pigs eat dandelion leaves

Can Guinea Pigs eat Dandelion leaves?

Dandelion greens belong to one of the largest plant families, the Sunflower, which includes more than 22,000 species.

The first reference of dandelions being used as a medicine was written by Middle Eastern physicians in the 10th and 11th centuries.

Welsh medicinals concocted as early as the 13th century made use of both the roots and leaves.

After gathering this plentiful, easily recognizable herb, rinse them gently and pat them dry.

Then store them in plastic bags in a low-moisture refrigerator drawer.  (source)

Can guinea pigs eat Dandelion leaves

Yes, they can eat Dandelion leaves.

Just make sure they haven’t been sprayed with fertilizer or any kind of pesticide.

Dandelion leaves picked in the wild or a public place where you don’t know the land so well are not a good idea to feed to your guinea pig.

For more foods that guinea pigs can and can eat check out our guinea pig food list

can guinea pigs eat dock leaves

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Dock Leaves?

Rumex obtusifolius, commonly known as a bitter dock, broad-leaved dock, blunt leaf dock, dock leaf or butter dock,

It is a perennial weed in the family Polygonaceae.

It is native to Europe but can now be found in the United States and many other countries around the world such as Australia and New Zealand. (source)

Can guinea pigs eat dock leaves?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as guinea pigs are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 92 kJ (22 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.2 g
Dietary fiber 2.9 g
Fat 0.7 g
Protein2 g
Vitamin A equiv. (25%) 200 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.04 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (8%) 0.1 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.5 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.122 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 13 μg
Vitamin C (58%) 48 mg
Calcium (4%) 44 mg
Iron (18%) 2.4 mg
Magnesium (29%) 103 mg
Manganese (17%) 0.349 mg
Phosphorus (9%) 63 mg
Potassium (8%) 390 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.2 mg    source

As you can see dock leaves, are high in acidic content and phosphorus. They also contain a little calcium.

This means that they are not recommended for guinea pigs to eat and should be avoided due to the plant’s acidic and phosphorus content.

They do look like the kind of leaves you might be able to feed a guinea pig, but because of their content, they are not recommended.

If they happen to nibble one, then do keep an eye on them and if you see any detrimental effects then it would be worth consulting a veterinary surgeon.

For more foods that guinea pigs can and can eat check out our guinea pig food list

can guinea pigs eat bananas?

Can guinea pigs eat bananas?

Bananas are a popular fruit the world over and a great favourite with many people.

My family love them and consume them in vast quantities, second only to Apples in the perkins household fruit diet.

So because we have them in the house on a regular basis, I wondered if they would go down well with guinea pigs and if they were any good for them?

Can guinea pigs eat bananas?

Bananas are fine for guinea pigs to eat, but not to feed them on a regular basis.

They need to be fed as a treat because of the high sugar content and their tummies can’t handle too much of it.

My personal experience

So I tried some with my guinea pig ‘Rocket’ to see if he would take to it.

Of course every guinea pig is different and has different tastes but it would be interesting to see if he would take a liking to it.

After checking it out, he decided that they were not to his taste and left them in their dish.

I did leave them for the day in the dish for him to try but took it out at the end of the day as he hadn’t touched it.

However your guinea pig might be different, so do try it to see if they would take to it.

One or two slices should be quite enough.

What happens when guinea pigs have too much banana?

If a guinea pigs eat too much banana then they can become constipated and have tummy trouble. Something definitely to be avoided, as I wouldn’t want a constipated guinea pig on my hands and a trip to the veterinarian.

Can guinea pigs eat banana skin?

Banana skin is fine to feed to them.

It is worth chopping up for them and seeing if they will eat it, it may not be to their taste but it is worth a try as there is nothing wrong with giving banana skin to them.

Can guinea pigs eat banana chips?

Banana chips are coated in honey and sugar and are not good for guinea pigs to eat.

If you do want to give them banana chips, then one or two aren’t going to hurt them but Ieave it at that.

Can guinea pigs eat fresh banana?

Yes, fresh banana is absolutely fine for guinea pigs to eat. Just don’t let them eat too much.

Can guinea pigs eat banana leaves?

Banana leaves are good for guinea pigs to eat.

Like other large items, do chop them up for the guinea pigs to make them more attractive for them to eat.

In summary

Guinea pigs can eat bananas but they are to be considered a rare treat because of their high sugar content.

Too much, and it will cause them problems,. But if they take to it, there is nothing wrong with giving it to them on the odd occasion. Although this is something I wont be doing for the moment!

What about you? How have you found your piggies with banana?? Let me know in the comments.