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Old 01/22/12, 09:20 AM
 
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Something to chew on.....Capybara farming

I have been watching the video on swagbucks for Capybaras and thought woot they look like a hairy pig....I'd eat that!

here's an article
http://capybara.info/article.html

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They are an aquatic animal. Would they be able to adapt to a farm type diet?

I'm thinking I'd have better luck with Beavers here......

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Old 01/22/12, 11:51 AM
 
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what i've read says they'll adapt well to most any conditions and not necessarily needy of a water body...they don't root like pigs but eat the same as pigs

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and they eat there own poo! As in clean up their own mess!

http://www.factzoo.com/mammals/capyb...st-rodent.html

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Old 01/22/12, 01:21 PM
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They are huge guinea pigs basically. I think they do need water- that's where they poo. I used to follow a Facebook page of a pet Capybara- Caplin Rous. They go about 100 lbs, and are thought of as food in SA.

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I think a small pond or 100 gallon water tank would suffice...100 pounds is a good do-it-yourself butcher.....size wise...eat grass or grain....hmmmm

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I've always thought of them as big groundhogs...Can't imagine eating one.

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I've always thought of them as big groundhogs...Can't imagine eating one.
I'm with Martian Chick on this one, I'd just go vegetarian.
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Hopefullly they won't become a nuisance species like nutria. They have made their way from Louisianna to Tennessee.

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We had nutria here when I moved to this farm, but my cat went into the nests and cleaned out the young until the adults either died off or moved away. There doesn't seem to be any close by right now.

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Some help please...what does R.o.u.s. mean?

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big rodent

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Rodents of Unusual Size, from the 1987 movie, The Princess Bride. They are known to attack in the Fire Swamp.
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I'd try butchering, cooking, & eating them first; before going into raising them. I'm a Cajun, so I'd eat them. We made sausage from Nutria meat before & it was good.

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At least the Peruvians that breed meat guinea pigs have something that could be marketed as a pet if it wasn't accepted as a protein source.

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If you could process them into chunks and get them into the Chinese food distribution system, you could do very well as long as you kept the price low and made your money on volume.

Who knows, maybe in the future some fast food places overseas would have McRodent on the menu.

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If you could process them into chunks and get them into the Chinese food distribution system, you could do very well as long as you kept the price low and made your money on volume.

Who knows, maybe in the future some fast food places overseas would have McRodent on the menu.
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There are big guinea pigs. I'll eat rabbits. Can't be too much different.

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You might want to check state regulations as they are considered an exotic animal and would need permits.

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Well...I have enough rodent family members around here that are PITAs...besides I think my climate is too cold for them without a heated winter building. Frankly I consider that a plus to my location...I don't have to worry about large exotic snakes or gators either!

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Maybe you could raise these and offer them to your childrens school lunch program.
South American food.

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Maybe you could raise these and offer them to your childrens school lunch program.
South American food.
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Hmmm, wonder what their fur is like. Nutria taste excellent, and I would certainly not balk at trying these, either. We have water.... but it's been so wet that they might get swept away right now! I wonder if they could take the 30* temps.
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Does anyone know where you could buy them at to start breeding? I can't imagine that there are many breeders in the USA

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