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Guinea pigs make a great first pet!
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Author: Emma

The experience of handling a guinea pig at Farmer Palmer’s is a great way to introduce young children to animals, you can really see their confidence growing as they learn from the team how to handle them.

Guinea Pigs at Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Guinea pig handling is one of our most popular hands-on animal experiences at the farm. The children love to meet our furry little friends and the guinea pigs get to enjoy lots of stroking and cuddles. Each day, a team of courageous cavies enter the handling area to take part in the meet and hold sessions which take place three times a day.

 

In between sitting on the children’s laps, they nap in the wood shavings or munch on the delicious fresh hay that our Animal Barn team scatter around their pen. The hay provides them with essential fibre. They also get treated to a lunch time delivery of special guinea pig food and the occasional hazel branch to help keep their teeth healthy!

At the end of the day they line up to ‘clock out’ and head home in their super cute ‘follow the leader’ style to join their friends in the main enclosure. A tasty dinner of fresh cut grass and vegetables is served for them, followed by another top up of hay! Have you ever seen a guinea pig ‘popcorn’?

Is a Guinea Pig the right pet for my child?

The experience of handling a guinea pig at Farmer Palmer’s is a great way to introduce young children to animals. They quickly learn how to be gentle with the cute little creature sat on their lap and you can really see their confidence growing as they learn from the team how to handle them.

Owning a guinea pig offers children the opportunity to re-create their Farmer Palmer’s experience at home. It teaches them responsibility, animal husbandry, welfare and a lot about the circle of life (a guinea pig’s lifespan is generally 2-6 years and you will need to consider all of these points when choosing any pet for a child). The baby guinea pigs we sell at Farmer Palmer’s are usually pure breed and will have had some handling by the team. This can make them more suitable for young children than those from other pet sellers who may not have the chance to handle them as pups.

Baby guinea pigs are available to buy from our Animal Barn at various times throughout the year, please ask one of the team on your next visit or alternatively call 01202 622 022. We usually offer a discount if you buy a pair, as guinea pigs are super social and they like to live with a friend. If you have any concerns about introducing a new individual to your existing piggies just ask the team, they are very experienced in this and can advise you the best way to introduce your new pet. When you buy a guinea pig from Farmer Palmer’s we’ll provide you with a temporary box to take him/her home in and a small bag of food for the first few days (you will need to mix this food with the food you buy in gentle ratios so the change over in diet doesn’t upset their little tummies). We also supply you with a care guide and offer an after-care service so you can call/email us with any concerns or questions you have about your guinea pig and our Animal Barn team will advise you with the best of their knowledge.