Seeing as this has no other place and guinea pigs fall under the ARBA here is my guinea pig meat thread. It's an idea I've been kicking around for awhile. Unfortunately mutt pigs around here cost more than show pigs specifically because people don't want their guinea pigs to go for food and the pet stores want $35-$40 but I managed to acquire someone's entire herd free who just ended up with them getting out of hand. You know that pregnant female from the pet store story. I picked out the biggest boar to put with the 3 females and we are off. (with a 70 day wait!) We also have a little boar I got elsewhere that I liked who went back to his previous home temporarily for treatment of respiratory infection symptoms. Those boars will run my mutt herd. Friday we experiment butchering a guinea pig with the extra boars. Good luck finding online info on how to do that with the AR groups so crazy about their pigs they've achieved world domination of the net for pig info. I'll update Friday how it goes and try to take pics without getting my camera gooey. We'll also see how they compare to rabbits in care, feed, growth rate, and resulting meat. Most will probably just be pet food though. The lack of fat in rabbit is causing problems with the amount we use it in the dogs' raw diets. We are having trouble securing higher fat sources that aren't $3/lb and after having free range eggs they won't eat even the organic store bought as a supplement. It's really hit our dog food bill and health to lose our house and farmland which included our various poultry. I may also get some silver agouti or silver white cresteds show quality at the show this weekend since they cost as much as mutts anyway. Might as well produce something I can also sell some of. I'm sure I can stash a pair away somewhere.