Are chia greens a safe forage to feed?

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goosey1019

Post   » Wed Sep 22, 2021 1:55 pm


I've been growing various things in my garden this year, which the pigs have mostly been enjoying (the carrot tops and parsley are definitely the favorites). Because I was curious, I planted about a teaspoon's worth of chai seeds (the kind you buy at the grocery store to make chia seed pudding with) in a pot. They've grown into some nice little microgreens. Does anyone know if these are safe for cavies to eat?

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:24 pm


Have you searched for a nutritional analysis in the USDA database? This would be a reasonable way of assessing nutrition.

They do report the possibility of salmonella.
https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/newport-05-14/index.html

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goosey1019

Post   » Thu Sep 23, 2021 12:28 pm


So I couldn't find a good breakdown of the nutritional info, but they are definitely safe and healthy for humans to eat. The general nutritional info was:
Vitamins A, B, C, and E
Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc
Chlorophyll, Amino Acids
Antioxidants
Protein: 20-25%

From what I'm seeing they do seem to be fairly high in calcium, so not good in large quantities for pigs, I'd think.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Sep 23, 2021 10:58 pm


It would be helpful if they had more precise info on calcium. I am sure as an occasional treat they should be okay (I imagine you would not make this a regular large part of their diet).

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