I’ve heard the brand Burgess food pop up a few times and wondered if it was suitable for guinea pigs.While the website seems to have a lot of good information about the correct meadow hay based diet, we are more concerned with what is actually IN the pellets themselves.
There are two different kinds of feed- blackcurrant and oregano, or mint. Both of these types are specified for adult guinea pigs which I find interesting because a good quality brand should have one for pups and one for adults. Not two of both! This is one strike against them since an owner with guineas under six years old would have to find another brand made especially for babies with different nutritional requirements. Then transition from one brand to the other when the pup reaches six months of age.
Here is the list of benefits
- Naturally high in Beneficial Fiber (36%)
- Prevents selective feeding
- High levels of protected vitamin C
- Contains a natural prebiotic for digestive health
- Fortified with vitamins and minerals for health eyes, skin and coat
- Natural antioxidants to support the immune system
- Delicious blackcurrant for extra flavor
- Oregano to alleviate stress and aid digestion
- Suitable for guinea pigs of all ages
This is all very well, but I would be cautious about the “all ages” statement as I have said many times before that pups and adults need different levels of calcium and nutrition.
- Grass Meal
- Soya Bean Hulls
- Oat Feed
- Hi Pro Soya
- Unmolassed Sugar Beet Pulp
- Blackcurrant (0.1%)
- Oregano (0.06%)
- May Contain GM Materials
- Vitamin A (retinylacetate) 25,000iu/kg
- Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 2,000iu/kg •
- Vitamin E (dlAlphatocopherol acetate) 155 mg/kg •
- Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid monophosphate) 1,050 mg/kg
- Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate 28 mg/kg
- Iodine (Calcium lodateanhydrous) 2.34mg/kg
- Sodium Selenite 0.22mg/kg
- Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 133mg/kg
- Manganous Oxide 16.1mg/kg
- Zinc Oxide 139mg/kg.
So far I am not happy with what I am seeing here. We have lucerne which is super high in calcium, maize (which is corn) and beet pulp which are on the forbidden list. I am worried about the statement “may contain GM materials” which is genetically modified food. It is debatable whether this is good or not. Wheat and soy are also known as unhealthy ingredients in large quantities. However, it is not as bad as some brands, a lot better then most!
- Beneficial fibre 31%
- Crude Protein 17%
- Crude Oils and Fats 4%
- Crude Fibre 15%
- Crude Ash 6.5%
It is higher in calcium and fiber then most, but overall I’d rate this 2 stars ⭐️
I think that I would only use this if I couldn’t get hold of anything else. Feed a couple of tablespoons per pig per day.