Small Animal

Pickering has been educating and entertaining its customers for many years with the many exploits of the inhabitants of our Small Animal Room. Come pay us a visit and see our rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, ferrets,  and kittens.

Whether you are starting off with your first pet or are a seasoned veteran we have the expert staff and advice to help you care for your animals.

Rabbit Facts

Holland Lops grow between 4-5 lbs
Mini Lops grow between 4- 6 lbs
Mini Rex only grow to between 3-5 lbs while the regular Rex can reach almost 11 pounds
The Netherland Dwarf reaches just over 2 lbs
The Flemish Giant can reach a wopping 13-15 lbs

Some of a pet rabbits biggest potential health problems concern digestive disorders caused by an impoper diet, which in turn leads to impacted hairballs.
Their diet should include dry and moist food including fresh veggies, fruit and a high concentration of Timothy Hay.

Foods to Feed
Alfafa, radish, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, fennel, kale "bok choy", kiwis, peaches, watermelon, apples, pears, strawberries and papaya can help decrease hairballs

Foods to Avoid
Vegetables that are high in sugar and starch which includes all types of beans corn, peas, potatoes, cucumber, red beets, tomatoes, zucchini, iceberg lettuces and celery

Their life span is generally between 7 to 10 years. Rabbits are Crepuscular, which means they are most active in the early morning and evening


Guinea Pig Facts

Abyssinians have a harsh coat with rosettes and ridges, sometimes known as "cowlicks."
Peruvians have dense soft sweeps that can grow several inches long. Teddy bear guinea pigs have a dense even coat, but the individual hair shafts are bent or kinked, they are sometines referred to a "Brillo Pads." The skinny pig is a hairless pig, occasionally they have patches of hair on its face and paws. Guinea Pigs usually weigh about 4 lbs in weight.

Guinea Pigs thrive on fresh high quality food with hay, fresh veggies and fruit. Like humans guinea pigs cannot manufacture their own vitimin C so ensure that their diet has food that can provide them with adequate quantities.

Foods to Feed
Sweet red peppers, strawberries, papaya, broccoli, kiwi, cantaloupe, mangoes, honeydew melon, squash. cooked turnips and cooked spinach.

Foods to Avoid
Avocado, chocolate, dairy products, meat, onions, potatoes, raw beans, shelled nuts or seeds and iceberg lettuce and celery.

Generally they have a life span of 4 to 6 years but many have reached up to 10 years. They are Diurnal, so they have the same schedule as humans, awake during the day and asleep at night.



The Syrian Hamster is also known as the Teddy Bear or Golden, they grow to be about 5-7 inch The Roborski Hamster smallest only is the sm reaching about 2-3 inches in length. The Campbell's Russian is also known as the Djungarian or striped hamster, they reach 3-4 inches in length.

Hamsters thrive on fresh high quality food with hay, fresh veggies and fruit. When trying a new veggie or fruit only provide about half a teaspoon or as much as they can comfortably fit in their cheek pouch.

Foods to Feed
Carrots, broccoli, peas, spinach, squash, corn, green beans, they enjoy most fruit  but remember to remove the seeds from apples because these are poisonous

Foods to Avoid
Iceberg lettuce, kidney beans, onions, peanut butter, raw potatoes, rhubarb and celery.

Genrally they live between 2 to 3 tears but Roborovski's often live past 3. They are Nocturnal they wake early in the evening and are active until morning.



Marshall ferrets are not a breed. Marshall Farms is where the majority of U.S. ferrets are bred. The animals are sold to pet stores and then to the public. Domestic ferrets only come in one breed. There are however wild ferrets such as the black footed ferret and the ferret's closest relative, the polecat. Domestic ferrets come in different colors
and markings but they are all the same breed.

Ferrets are carnivores and food passes through the digestive system of a ferret very quickly. They also lack the ability to derive nutrition from plant matter. Ferrets have a quick metabolism along with a short digestive system, so need to eat frequently usually 3-4 hours. So provide specialized ferret food, along with fresh water.

Males tend to be larger than in females in length and weight. Females are about 18 inches long, and weigh between 1 and 3 lbs. Males weigh between 2 to 6 lbs and grow to about 24inches including their tail.
Ferrets sleep about 16 hrs a day, but they will readily adapt to your schedule. 

Contact Details

Pickering Valley

Feed and Farm

305 Gordon Dr

Exton, PA 19341


Phone: 610-363-8810

Store Hours

Monday to Saturday

9:00am - 6:00pm


8:00am - 6:00pm


10:00am - 5:00pm

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