Product Type: Burgess small pet food
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Complete food for guinea pigs
Burgess Excel Guinea Pig Nuggets
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Burgess Excel Guinea Pig Nuggets
Advantages: Readily available, no selective feeding, added Vit C
Disadvantages: Some guineas may not like it, larger nuggets than other brands.
When my other half's brother and his family emigrated to Australia at the start of the year we found ourselves taking in their guinea pig Stitch.
Stitch came with everything a middle aged guinea pig could want for, his hutch, water bottle, hay and most importantly for a guinea pig - his food. The food was a mix type, the sort that looks a bit like muesli but Stitch wasn't eating all of it which meant that he wouldn't be getting all of the goodness he needed from the food. I decided that I would introduce a complete "nugget" food to his diet instead of the mix, so I would know that he wasn't missing out on anything nutritionally.
My own two piggies Amber and Coco were already on a complete food but I was coming to the end of the bag. So I had a walk round to my local pet shop to see what foods they stocked.
They only had two different brands in stock, one of which was the mix that Stitch was already being fed on the other was Burgess Excel. I knew that this was a good feed to give them, as it contained the vital nutrients that guinea pig's require and being a pellet food they cannot selectively feed from it leaving out the bits that they do not like. It also does not contain any artificial colourings or flavourings which some of the muesli foods can have in them.
When introducing a new food to a guinea pig it is best to introduce it gradually over seven to fourteen days so that their delicate tummies can get used to it. The best way to do this is adding more of the food each day until eventually the old food is phased out.
For my three though this was easier said than done. Amber and Coco were not at all taken with the Burgess to begin with much preferring to eat their old food and leave the Excel, Stitch was the opposite way round and left all of his old food and gobbled up the Burgess.
For Stitch I made the majority of his daily feed the Burgess nuggets, and after a few days of observing for soft poops etc... made the change completely.
With Amber and Coco I was worried about them not getting enough food and going hungry so I changed them over more gradually and eventually when they realised they were not going to be getting as much of their favourite as they hoped they did eat the Burgess. They do now eat it all and are quick to let me know if I am late in feeding them.
The nuggets of food are quite large measuring just over a centimeter in length, they are also quite chunky and a sort of crescent moon shape. I'm not sure if this is why my two girls didn't like them initially as the previous brand of food was quite small in comparison.
I feel that very young piggies may struggle to eat these.
Burgess recommend feeding each guinea pig between 30 and 50 grams of the nuggets per day. I always feel that manufacturers over estimate how much should be fed so that we buy more of their product. Each of my guinea pigs get a small handful of food morning and evening, this is probably around 20g a day. (Young piggies up to ten months should have an unlimited amount of pellets).
The pellets are only part of a guinea pigs diet and fresh vegetables and fruit should be given each day as well as unlimited amount of good quality hay.
Finding Burgess Excel on the shelves is very straightforward due to it's bright orange packaging, it is easily spotted on the shelves amongst the other small animal foods.
It is also easily available and I find that most good pet shops have it in stock, I also know that my vetinary clinic sell it although they do have to order it in, it is usually available the next day.
I find the price of Burgess Excel to be quite reasonable I paid £5 for a 2 kg bag, it can be got for less if you buy online however there are usually delivery costs to take into account. 2kgs lasts just over a month between three guinea pigs. It is also available in 750g, 4kg and 10kg bags.
Although two of my piggies weren't initially too keen on the food, I would recommend this to other guinea pig slaves.
*********************** (taken from Burgess website)
Beneficial Fibre 36%
Crude Fibre 17%
Vitamin D3 * 1,500iu/kg
Vitamin E * 100mg/kg
Copper ** 12mg/kg
Vitamin A * 22,000iu/kg
Vitamin C 800mg/kg
Ingredients Grass, Maize, Wheat, Lucerne, Soya Bean Hulls, Peas, Soya, Oat Bran, Unmolassed Beet Pulp, Yeast, Soya Oil, Ligno-cellulose, Molasses, Calcium Carbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Vitamins, Fructo-oligosaccharides 0.25%, Salt, Minerals. Contains Natural Antioxidants. No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Summary: 4 Stars out 5
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