Pea Flakes – A Great Guinea Pig Treat!

feeding a pea flake to a guinea pig

Pea flakes are an excellent treat for your piggies. They are 100% natural, they look like flattened dried peas and most guinea pigs love them!

Do guinea pigs need pea flakes?

aren’t a necessary part of a guinea pig’s daily diet but they do make a popular healthy treat. 

These natural treats contain an amino acid called lysine which is a nutrient your piggy can’t produce himself, so it is vital this nutrient is provided in their daily food. Lysine helps their bodies to absorb calcium and it also turns fat into energy. However, good quality pellet food should contain this nutrient. 

How many pea flakes can a guinea pig have each day?

You can feed your guinea pig several pea flakes each day but if he is overweight you should be cautious and perhaps just give a couple as they are high in fat. If your guinea pig is a more average weight or underweight you can be a little more generous with them.

feeding pea flakes to a silkie guinea pig
Feeding pea flakes to Lychee

What are the benefits of pea flakes?

Pea flakes can really help you when it comes to interacting and helping tame your guinea pigs. By nature, guinea pigs are nervous pets and it can take some time for them to trust you. Getting a guinea pig to come to you can be a challenge but it is surprising how friendly they can become when a pea flake is on offer.

Try holding a pea flake out to them over the side of their pen or cage and just wait. Be still and quiet and see what happens. 

They may show a little interest and come forward then retreat and this might happen a few times. Then they may get braver, come a little closer, snatch it then take flight with their treat. Next time they will come quicker as they know how tasty the reward is! You can find out more about taming your guinea pig here…

Are pea flakes just for guinea pigs?

Pea flakes are not just for piggies and can also be fed to other small pets including rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, rats, mice, degus, chinchillas and even parrots!

Where can I buy pea flakes for my guinea pigs?

Pea flakes are available from several places online but we recommend the Pea Flakes from Small Pet Select who sell a great range of natural products for guinea pigs. You can also get a 15% discount off your total order by using the coupon code REFER-GPIGGLEUK in checkout.