As humans, we love to eat something other than normal daily routine food. So, do the guinea pigs also like to eat pea flakes sometimes? Pea flakes are intended for guinea pigs as their treat meal or sometimes as a snack in normal food. They are not a substitute for a regular daily diet. But here our concern is, how to make pea flakes for guinea pigs?
We will explain how to make pea flakes for guinea pigs in the lateral portion of the article. Moreover, we are here to provide you with a tip that you should offer a maximum of five pea flakes per guinea pig per day. You should make sure that you don’t offer them a maximum of up to three times a week.
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What are pea flakes made of?
Pea flakes are only made with one ingredient is greenfield peas. Apart from giving it to your pets, you can also feel good by giving this healthy snack to your guinea pigs. Weekly Pea Flakes are grown, processed, and packaged in America.
Can guinea pigs eat dried pea flakes?
Pea flakes are not a substitute for a regular diet of guinea pigs. They are intended as treats/snacks elements for guinea pigs. You should provide a maximum of five pea flakes per guinea pig per day & up to three times a week. If you will not take care of your guinea pigs’ diet then your guinea pigs can expose to serious ailments.
How do you make dried guinea pig treats?
The recipe given below is the simplest possible recipe for making pea flakes which involve only 4 ingredients. In case, If you do not have that ingredient, then don’t worry at all. As we are providing you with a lot of alternative ingredients as well in the recipe below!
- 1 cup Oxbow of Critical Care
- 3 Tbsp Oat flakes
- 1 apple, grated
- 1 carrot, grated
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 1 baking tray
- 1 large bowl
- 2 cookie cutters for the recipe
- 1 spoon
- 1 toothpick
- 2 pieces of string (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 180°C before actual cooking.
- Take out 1 cup of oxbow critical care and place it in a large mixing bowl to make pea flakes. As an alternative to oxbow critical care, you can replace this ingredient with grounded guinea pig pellets or pieces of hay at the bottom of your piggie’s hay bag.
- After doing that grate 1 whole apple and 1 whole carrot then place them into the large mixing bowl.
- Note: Alternatively, parsley, basil, cilantro, or other guinea pig-safe foods can be used as an alternative to apple or carrot.
- Then add 3 tbsp of oat flakes into the same mixing bowl.
- By adding all the ingredients now combine all of the ingredients. You may find the mixture feels a bit dry when you are mixing the ingredients. If you are feeling so, then to maintain a better consistency, add 2 Tbsp of water to the mixture.
- Note: You can also use a banana or apple sauce as a substitute for water in this step, for an extra tasty treat. If you are using apple sauce, then please ensure that there is no added sugar in the sauce.
- Then place a cookie-cutter mold of your choice on your baking tray.
- After this, you make two treat balls of equal sizes, and then place one into each mold.
- Then, pack and press each treat ball down into the shape of the mold to create two equal shallow treat “discs”.
- After doing so, remove the cookie cutter from the treats.
- How to make a hanging treat?
- If you do not want to create a hanging treat, then skip this step while making pea flakes. Instead of this, use a toothpick to create a small hole in the treats. The hole should be large enough to be able to thread a piece of string.
- Then bake them in the oven at 180C for a maximum of about 30 minutes time period.
- Once your treats are cooked, then let your treats cool down for approximately 5 minutes. Ensure that the treatment has completely cooled before serving or storing in the refrigerator. You can store these treats in the fridge/refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Their maximum shelf life is of 3 days. Storage beyond these days will ultimately ruin your treats.
- Then serve your pea flakes to your guinea pigs and enjoy watching your guinea pigs dig in.
In the end, we hope you’ve enjoyed making our super-simple guinea pig treat recipe as much as we did while making treats for our guinea pigs. You can also make some other recipes by combining some of the other alternative ingredients mentioned above, to create some different treatment combinations for your guinea pigs.
Remember, the maximum portion of your guinea pig’s diet should consist of unlimited grass and hay. You should make nutritionally complete healthy guinea pig pellets with stabilized Vitamin C and a daily portion of fresh veg and fruit in moderation.