Forages for guinea pigs and rabbits | Guinea Pigs Australia
Providing your guinea pig with additional fresh forages is an excellent way to help maintain optimum health and should be included in any diet regime.
They are a source of fibre, nutrients and minerals, that, replicate a natural eating habit. Include forages along with freshly hand picked grass. However always ensure you identify, analyse and ensure all forages are safe for consumption.
Due to numerous factors relating to the safe identification and analysis of the area from which you harvest, it is imperative that you are certain forages are: Identified CorrectlyFree from herbicides and pesticidesHarvested away from RoadsidesHealthy, fresh and free from mold, mildew or fungiHarvested away from livestock or where other species defecate or urinate
Herbicides, soil fertilizers and pesticides can be used on store bought herbs, forages and plants, hence it is vitally important that you wash and re pot plants before offering to your cavy. Identifying plants can also be difficult as many lists offer incomplete data and information is yet to be continued.
However if researched thoroughly and harvested correctly, many owners can effectively collect edible forages.
The below list has been compiled to offer a brief list of safe forages commonly found in Australia. Please be aware that you must properly identify and ensure the forage you are offering your cavy are correct.
Guinea Pigs Australia takes no responsibility for incorrect analysis and the effects that may result. Plants are listed by common name only.
See below edible forages for guinea pigs and rabbits
Apple - Fruit and Branches (no seeds/core)
Basil - LeavesBlackberry - Fruit & LeavesBorage - Leaves (use sparingly)
Brocolli - Leaves & Stem
Calendula - Leaves & Flowers
Chickweed - Leaves Chicory - Leaves
Clover, white - Flowers & Leaves (High in Calcium)
Clover, red - Flowers & Leaves (High in Calcium)
Coltsfoot - Use Sparingly
Comfrey - Leaves, best dried (use sparingly)
Cowberry - Fruit & Leaves (use sparingly)
Dandelion - Flowers & Stalk (Use sparingly)
Grapes - Fruit
Lavender (use sparingly)
Lime - Flowers
Mint - Leaves
Nettle - Dried only
Raspberry - Berries & Leaves
Rosehip - Shells only
Sage - Leaves (use sparingly)
Strawberry Fragaria vesca (etc.) Above ground parts
Snow Pea - Sprouts