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Raising Guinea Pigs for Food

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One of the peruvian varieties

Now first let’s do the legal stuff, California’s anti-pet-eating law has a broad reach that may cover eating guinea pigs. The California law protects “any animal traditionally or commonly kept as a pet or companion,” rather than just Fido and Fluffy. The statute is somewhat untested, though, so no one really knows which animals are included.  I don’t know about other states, so I suggest you check in your area before you get in trouble.

Now I know that you have all seen the guinea pigs that our kids have kept for pets.  But I will bet that most of you don’t know that is some parts of the world they are regularly eaten and are considered delicious.…

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More on The Best Animals for Self Sufficiency

The post on raising animals brought in some great replies. http://bit.ly/Vy4493  I gained some good information from them.  After more studying and reading the comments, I have decided that if you are living in a semi urban area with limited access to acreage like me, that chickens and rabbits would be the best choice.

For those of you with more land and fencing, goats, pigs and other large animals should be considered.  If you have a big enough area, they can scavenge a lot of their own food.  But remember you need a lot of feed for them.  With chickens and rabbits, I think I could find enough feed in my area to keep them healthy.…

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