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How long would it take for them to reach harvest weight

In South America they harvest them at 800g-1kg, it takes 3-4months to get them to that size.


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Charlie anyone with kids shouldn't go down this track, it'll only end up in tears :naughty: :D

I disagree, I have 4 children, 3 of which understand what slaughtering an animal implies. If children view guinea pigs as pets and were lead to believe that the one on the dinner plate was pinky the family pet, then yes, there would certainly be tears!! But if you teach them that guinea pigs are a great source of protein meat and that the ones you are breeding are for that exact purpose, then I doubt there would be many tears at all.

We currently have 6 chickens in the backyard. I have told the kids that they are egg layers and poultry for food when they stop laying, not pets. I have encouraged them not to give the chickens names and have recently been showing the kids vids on YouTube about how to humanely slaughter chickens, when I told them that we are going to do that to our chickens and eat them they have been begging me to chop ones head off ever since!

I have 2 girls and 2 boys ageing from 1 to 5 years old. And I agree with Yavimaya, kids need to learn :)


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I read an article not long ago about why you should name animals you are going to eat. Basically when you name an animal it typically ends up getting looked after better. Quite interesting really.

On another note I have seriously been thinking about breeding guinea pigs for meat for a while now. I am also in Qld and I reckon they would be a good substitute for rabbits.


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joblow wrote:
Charlie anyone with kids shouldn't go down this track, it'll only end up in tears :naughty: :D


Stuart wrote:
Do you remember the Guinea pigs that you had in Kinder?
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Yes, they were cute.


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Did you know that some people eat them?


Morag (5) wrote:
Can we get some baby Guinea pigs and grow them up and eat them?


I almost said yes but restrained myself and said we will have to talk to Mum first.

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I read an article not long ago about why you should name animals you are going to eat. Basically when you name an animal it typically ends up getting looked after better. Quite interesting really.

On another note I have seriously been thinking about breeding guinea pigs for meat for a while now. I am also in Qld and I reckon they would be a good substitute for rabbits.

Do it I say :thumbright:


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.8-1Kg in 3 to 4months, no wonder they eat them, that's fast food right there.

I love the little buggers already, foxes love chickens.

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For speed of meat production I think quail and g pig are hard to beat.
They will both be part of my system eventually.
It all depends how fast economic collapse comes when cheap oil ends, but they could be part of everyone's system.

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For the life of me I don't know why local populations of semi-wild game are discouraged. They would at the very least compete with vermin for nutrition and they should be exploited as free food sources.

Then again, to ask the question is to answer it. Locally available resources and hunting tools obviously don't fit with the current governing and mercantile paradigm.

Further... if you live in a new estate here in Victoria the allotments are so small and the houses so absurdly huge you would have to come inside to change your mind. You can have a garden or a lawn but there isn't room for both, not in any pleasing size.

Honestly, you have to give it to our lifestyle designers the modern residence has just enough grass that you are still forced to purchase a mower and other lawn keeping implements. Now that is good planning.

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That is what people are buying/demanding/commissioning.

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Yavimaya wrote:
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And they do, I remember as a kid our pet lamb Lolly went missing and my mother said she'd run away to get married, but I noticed we had lamb chops every Sunday for a few weeks and I never got any wedding invitation. :think:

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A lot of kids dont and that is the problem.
I grew up in the city, i luckily had family who lived in the country, i never ate stuff that was killed by them, but knew that some shot rabbits for thier dogs, etc.
I knew where food came from and how it was processed even though i never witnessed it, a lot do not, especially "new australians" who dont come from countries where its common and whos parents never take them out of the city.


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I wouldnt even mention eating GP's to Mrs Charlie because I know exactly how she would react, shes an animal lover of all shapes and sizes. Its only just recently after discussing what breed of chickens to buy she said she would be ok with sending the chickens away for slaughter but she doesnt want it done at home. Im surprised she warmed up to the idea at all to be honest.

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Anyone who eats meat should have a go at slaughtering their own animals at least once in their life. It makes you appreciate eating meat a whole lot more.


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Captain Casual wrote:
Anyone who eats meat should have a go at slaughtering their own animals at least once in their life. It makes you appreciate eating meat a whole lot more.


I used to believe that but after dealing with some larger animals I'm not so sure. Years ago we did some on the farm and while I was willing to shoot them I was glad there was someone else there to do the job who really knew what they were doing.

Hunting is a bit different and I've always been willing to hunt for my food and I would only take a shot if I was confident of a kill.

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