Fennel is a herb that is loved and hated around the world. It has a strong aniseed flavour that people either adore is despise and is used as a flavouring and in salads.
It is often known as florence fennel, sweet fennel, or finocchio and is widely used in italian cuisine especially.
When it is eaten raw it has a crisp textureand a flavour of anissed
So can guinea pigs eat fennel, and if they can how much can they eat?
Lets take a look at the nutritional data of fennel to literally get under its skin.
As per usual, we’re particularly looking at the sugar, phosphourus, oxelate acid, calcium and fat content.
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A healthy amount of vitamin a and c would also be of great benefit as well.
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 52 mg 2%
Potassium 414 mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2%
Dietary fiber 3.1 g 12%
Protein 1.2 g 2%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 4%
Iron 3%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 4%
source usda
So looking at the above data fennel looks very good for piggies.
It contains no phosphorus, sugar or oxelates, and low amounts of fat. It does contain a small amount of calcium.
It also has a very good amount of vitamin c which makes it ideal for guinea pigs.
Guinea pigs can eat fennel, probably not every day. Every 2 days should suffice because of the small amount of calcium it contains.
It is definitely a food you can feed to them regularly as part of their diet.
Can guinea pigs eat fennel bulb?
Yes they can, it is very good for them. It is worth chopping up into pieces for them. Although they will eat it which ever way you feed it to them, they do appreciate it cut up.
Can guinea pigs eat fennel seeds?
Unfortunately, they can’t eat any kinds of seeds so steer clear of them for guinea pigs.
Can guinea pigs eat fennel leaves?
Yes they can, again chop them up for them or serve them like they are. They will appreciate them either way.