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  1. Ghost

    Definitions for Western cuy terminology

    Ok it may seem pedantic, but I come from a STEM background and it really bugs me when I hear people using words that are nor well defined. I try to avoid using words and phrase that have no solid definition. On the other hand I am not wishing to appoint myself the word authority on Rabbit Talk...
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    Tools for processing skin-off cuy.

    In this thread I will discuss the tools that I reference in the how to prepare western cuy. In this thread I can allow myself space to write about my tools and why I chose them. This post will be a reference to my skin-off cuy preparation how-to post. After my how-to is written and I get more...
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    In-colony guinea pig dispatchment & processing

    If you watch videos such as those produced by Oz The Kiwi homekill guy, You will learn that when it comes to the harvesting of herd based meat animals, it can be less stressful to dispatch inside the herd as opposed to removing the animal before killing it. To the uninitiated, it sounds odd that...
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    Cultivating Johnson grass (on purpose)

    Humm, In preparing to write this, I Wikipedia-ed Johnson grass. That is when I at least understood why it is hated by so many people. That said, when I feed it to rabbits and guinea pigs in the future, I will check for wilting. As for causing "bloat" due to "excessive nitrates", I am not sure...
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    Planned death vs unplanned death

    It is odd how for death due to mishaps seems to cause more of an emotional strain on me than a planned death. This is true even in the case where the individual could have been placed on a dispatch list but was not on a list at the time of death. The GP I ate a few weeks back did not cause...
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    Why meat guinea pigs? my thoughts

    I am posting this just so I can get my thoughts out there. This is just my prospective on this and ideas that I might implement in the future. I also not putting this out as some sort of anti-rabbit message. In fact, if I had not had the meat rabbit experience ten years ago, I would never have...
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    Culling a mother guinea pig 1 week after delivery?

    In David's heard, I noticed a female that had an eye infection. She got over the infection but you can tell she is scared by it. In addition she is getting on in age. I don't know how old she is, since David dose not keep records. But, I do remember her pattern from before I joined RT. You can...
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    Is this a dandelion? [solved]

    Is this a dandelion, and if not what do you call it? I live in Texas zone 8, and there a common weed that grows well around here, I have been calling it dandelion. Doing a Google search, I don't think it really is a dandelion. There does not seem to be any true dandelions growing around here...
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    Meat is murder... and that's ok

    That is the title to THIS video on YouTube. Ok, it's a little click batey but the title does a good job of summing up intent of the video. Is the video the lady explains why she got into homesteading / hobby farms and how her views on meat feel complicated and not black and white. She talks...
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    [long rant] 3rd times a charm, NOT!

    WARNING: this post includes the subject of butchering an animal. WARNING: long, more of a rant rather than informative There is the old saying "third times a charm", well in my case it was not true! I recently butchered a guinea pig, this is my third time for that task, and it was more tedious...
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    Litter size vs age in guinea pigs

    As guinea pigs age do they tend to produce fewer or more births/litter? As it turns out, David's heard is not producing as much as it once did. The boars are all younger, many less than 1 year. It seems that he had quite a few producing sows, but recently he lost a number of older sows. I can...
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    Thinking about getting a sickle

    Some of you feed fresh fodder to your rabbits, I wonder of you can help me out with fodder for guinea pigs? David's working herd of guinea pigs is fed a diet of primarily pellets. When I can, I feed them a mixture of fresh weeds and grasses. They love this mix and they will eat the fresh mix...
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    Putting the bones in the trash

    Ok, I admit the is a strange quirky thing with me and I may be the only person to do this. I have a weird thing where after I've eaten an animal that I've seen alive, I can't seam to just put the bones in the trash. For me, it seems weird and disrespectful to put the bones in the trash. Which I...
  14. Ghost

    The Next Gangnam Style (Cuy)

    This Video needs to be the next Gangnam Style It's quite catchy with the tag line cab really stick in my head... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYoWOUP8va4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYoWOUP8va4 Cuy Cuy Magico something something some-some-thing Cuy Cuy Magico something something...
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    Guinea pig dressout ratio

    It is possible I will be getting another guinea pig for eating in the next week or two. One thing I noticed when butchering my first GP is that they seem full of guts. Even handling a dead GP used as a feeder they feel so floppy and not meaty like a freash killed rabbit. All this leads me to...
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    housing for meat guinea pigs

    I decided to make a new thread from the descussion following in from the thread http://rabbittalk.com/hi-gbov-and-others-with-cuy-experience-t32305.html Spicificaly to the responses My only experince is from observations from "Davids" GP setup but I have noticed that many GPs do not seam to...
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    Sometimes sobbing helps.

    It's funny, I became fascinated with David's heard of feeder guinea pigs about half a year ago. From the beginning, I've know they were feeders, so I knew I should not get attached to any one individual. Considering them as a herd, I just find them so fascinating. David's GPs are hands-off herd...
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    Do you eat pre or post rigor mortis?

    Do you tend to eat your rabbit meat before rigor mortis or to you let the meat go through rigor mortis then relax in the refrigerator? I am thinking that freezing before rigor mortis sets in would be pre-rigor mortis. I have frozen all of my rabbits before rigor mortis. I do not have...
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    Skinning Guinea Pigs

    Quotes from http://rabbittalk.com/hi-gbov-and-others-with-cuy-experience-t32305.html I know skin-on cooking is how cuy are traditionally prepared, but it just does not seam appealing.to me. Once I was old enough to understand that chickens often sit in there own poop and feathers do not form a...
  20. Ghost

    Guinea pigs: working herds

    A longer title could be "My fascination with working feeder herds of guinea pig". It sounds odd to refer to a herd of guinea pigs as a working herd. This use of "working" refer to the fact that the herd provides something to it's care taker. Guinea pigs can't provide much other than their very...
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