Hay Don't Cut Corners

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Hay is a passion of mine over the years, I have got it from local farms, l have also driven many miles to get a good supply.

But because hay is so important I now buy it online, the firms that sell it rely on quality to sell their product.


l use Devon meadow for bedding / eating , and Alfalfa Timothy hay for eating .

They love it and eat every last bit, great for the teeth and digestion, take care of those two and you will be more likely to have a happy healthy pig.
 

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I buy a large breeder pack of hay from my local farm shop, it contains meadow, timothy and alfalfa hays. It costs £12.50 and lasts me 2 months, that's for bedding and feeding 2 rabbits and 3 piggies. ;)
 

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I agree with you gizzy - don't cut corners with hay . Mind you, hay from local farms is OK - as long as it's nice and fresh.

I remember a thread on here a long time ago when someone inadvertently fed their guineas mouldy hay and their guineas had health problems as a result.


I get my hay online too - and I like to give them a variety .

the stores I use are ,,,

http://www.hay-for-pets.co.uk/ (INGS)
http://www.dustfreehay.co.uk/about_us
https://www.thehayexperts.co.uk/edibles/hay-grasses.html
http://www.timothyhay.co.uk/ ( I like to get my Timothy hay form here as it's British. A lot of Timothy is imported from the US - save on airmiles)
 

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I'll post the company information from the side of the pack when I'm back on my PC.
 

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I agree with you gizzy - don't cut corners with hay . Mind you, hay from local farms is OK - as long as it's nice and fresh.

I remember a thread on here a long time ago when someone inadvertently fed their guineas mouldy hay and their guineas had health problems as a result.


I get my hay online too - and I like to give them a variety .

the stores I use are ,,,

http://www.hay-for-pets.co.uk/ (INGS)
http://www.dustfreehay.co.uk/about_us
https://www.thehayexperts.co.uk/edibles/hay-grasses.html
http://www.timothyhay.co.uk/ ( I like to get my Timothy hay form here as it's British. A lot of Timothy is imported from the US - save on airmiles)
The dust frree hay looks good...
 

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Looks like I've been beat to with mine, I use this. ;)

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That's the one I use too, plus I add Timothy hay from ALfalfa King, and a small hand full of Readigrass :) The Lunnnun is organic, which I am all in favour of - better for the piggies and for the environment, and the piggies get a variety of grass types.
 

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How much hay is in the dust free bales please? I'm due to order some more hay soon.. and also what do you guys usually get? The stalky one?
 

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How much hay is in the dust free bales please? I'm due to order some more hay soon.. and also what do you guys usually get? The stalky one?
They used to have a section on their website where someone opened a box - and a bale to show you exactly how much - I can't see it . I am going to contact them as it was very useful.

I would get the soft hay if I were you. I would only ever use the stalky in hay racks - it is too coarse to be used loose.
 

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What others hays do you recommend? @gizzy

Hi there, , the only other hay I was impresed by was Youkshie igns , it is a rich hay that is grown on meadows
Thet anualy flood and when the water receds it leaves the medow rich in nutrients ,

The pigs adored it but I found an increase in the p H of the Wee, and also there was an increased amount of calcium deposits
on the pig room floor,
I was not the only one to notice this! A long term very knolageable, keeper , found the exact same problem .
So I stopped using it
 

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Sorry to be such a killjoy , as I know a lot of you guys use Reddy grass ,

But my Self and another long term keeper did a lot of research , as reddy grass seemed to be another
culprit for higher than normal pH readings (off the scale)

The thinking was that grass is heverly limed to assist in healthy root growth, and lime is pure calcium
I still use it but only as a apertite. Stimulator for a pig that is off its food , or needs a little weight boost
 

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Yeah I saw that ready grass wasn't great either, but thank you very much for mentioning that about ings, we lost a guinea this year due to bladder stones (and partly due to the vets he saw misdiagnosing him). So I'm trying to reduce the calcium intake for my other 10 guinea's.
 
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