Can guinea pigs eat corn?
We have corn around a lot and eat it often for meals. It is quite a broad based food and there are all kinds of parts of the corn on the cob that are used in foods across the world.
So this post needs a lot more detail than a basic yes or no, but before we dive in lets find out by taking a look at the nutritional facts of corn.
The nutritional values of corn
Calories 86
% Daily Value*
Total fat 1.2 g 1%
Saturated fat 0.2 g 1%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 15 mg 0%
Potassium 270 mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 19 g 6%
Dietary fiber 2.7 g 10%
Sugar 3.2 g
Protein 3.2 g 6%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 0% Iron 2%
Vitamin B-6 5% Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 9%
source: google
Another thing to thing about is that corn kernels are quite starchy so this restricts how often we can feed them to guinea pigs.
So what corn foods can we feed to guinea pigs?
Can guinea pigs eat tinned sweetcorn?
This is the type of sweetcorn that we have often. However, tinned sweetcorn contains a lot of salt so is not good for guinea pigs. So steer clear.
Can guinea pigs eat cooked sweetcorn?
Cooked food can’t be digested by guinea pigs so steer clear of feeding it to them.
Can guinea pigs eat corn leaves?
Yes they can but only give them the inner leaves, throw out the outer leaves because of pesticide use.
Can guinea pigs eat corn kernels?
As mentioned above, give them to your guinea pigs sparingly as they are low in nutritional value for them.
Can guiena pigs eat corn husks?
Yes the husks are fine for guinea pigs, and in fact they can be eaten by them on a daily basis. Chuck out the outer husks and give them the inner softer leaves as they are the most tasty and tender. They are very similar in nutrient content to grass and hay in that they have a high fibre content and not much protein in them. Try and dry them if possible and then shred them by hand so that they are easier for the guinea pigs to digest.
Can guinea pigs eat corn silk?
Yes guinea pigs can eat corn silk on a daily basis. It is great for their bladders. Make sure that you wash it well and try to cut off the silk that’s exposed because of pesticide.
Can guinea pigs eat corn on the cob?
Yes they can eat corn on the cob. But only once or twice a week because they are high in starch. But don’t cook it for them, only give it to them raw.
Can guinea pigs eat cornflakes?
Yes cornflakes are fine for guinea pigs to eat. Just don’t give them any milk as guinea pigs are lactose intolerent
Can guinea pigs eat corn tortillas or corn chips?
They would if they could, but they are full of salt and flour so it is best to keep them away from guinea pigs.