I've read where it's safe to feed iguanas alfalfa pellets. Two to three times a week, I feed Zilla some pellets (Soaked down with water to soften them) for a treat. These are rabbit alfalfa pellets. Since I'm not really sure what the difference is in any alfalfa pellets, I assume these are safe. I've read (An article by James Hatfield III in Reptiles) that these pellets are OK. Should I continue to feed Zilla these pellets occasionally, or is there any other pellets on the market that is specifically for Iguanas. I just want to make sure I'm not feeding Zilla any of the wrong stuff, because if I am, then an immediate change will take place. Thanks.
I used to try to feed Bob alfalfa in that way -- I ground up the pellets and toped the wet food with it -- but Bob would not eat the stuff with the alfalfa on it. I was using a bag of "Rabbit Treats" from Meijer's. I switched to fresh when I can get it/grow it. Last summer I took some from my girlfriend's step father's field (he is a dairy farmer) and I start some from seed. There are plenty of fields within a half hour of you (Port Huron right?)if you want to try asking a farmer.
I will be making an ig garden this year. Grass, Dandelions, Collards, Flowers, Alfalfa etc. Just taking a section of lawn, toss the seeds on top of it and quit mowing. If you can't find the seeds in the grocery stores try stoping by the local health nut store or Farm&Fleet -- I got a pound of alfalfa seeds for 5 bucks.
Post by SurvivorSteph on Apr 25, 2004 14:40:53 GMT -8
As a born and raised dairy-girl, I need to point out something to anyone who "goes and asks a farmer" for some alfalfa from his field. You also MUST ask him if it's been sprayed with pesticides, if it has been, then you'd be better off either growing your own or going to a health food store (they ususally have organics available).
I know we're all so worried about what we feed our babies, but we haven't even begun to consider the damage that pesticides can cause! That's something I'll be addressing in the future.
Post by VegasIguana on Apr 26, 2004 4:56:28 GMT -8
Zilla likes them as a treat?? Vega$ couldn't stand the pellets!
Then I tried alfalfa hay, and ground that; bad thing -- pointy ends! Then I ended up with alfalfa leaves, from the organic store (for humans). I only used those products in her first two years, I think (if I can remember). However, with regular blood work, I was able to monitor her blood chemistry to make sure her health is good!
You need to check and make sure what you are getting. Some types of alfalfa pellets have animal protein in them. I had a long discusion with our local feed store owner who breeds show rabbits. The better rabbit pellets do not have animal protein in them because any animal found to have been fed the pellets with animal protein will be disqualified.