Hay Recommendation

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I’ve not been happy with the last two lots of hay I bought from B&M so would like some suggestions for hay for my boys. They’re almost 6 months if that makes a difference.
 

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I find there is a huge amount of variation from one batch to the next with hay.
This makes sense as depending on when it was cut, the quality will vary enormously.

Oddly enough I have had a couple of batches that didn't look particularly green and seemed a bit rough and the pigs loved it, and then sometimes when i think a hay is beautiful and soft they aren't so keen.

I find the best way to get good hay is to spend some time in the shop smelling it and seeing how it looks and feels.
Maybe that is why the kids don't like shopping at the pet shop with me anymore!
 

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I just buy meadow hay from our local horse suppliers. It's bagged up, from a bale and is always lovely and fresh.
 

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I get mine from timothyhay.com and it's gorgeous, green and stalky with more seed heads than you can imagine. Only issue is it comes in a 9kg bale so you need to have somewhere to store it :D
 

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@Swissgreys thats funny :xd: I did once buy the excel Burgess with marigold and they loved it. But it didn’t last very long so could work out a little steep in the long run. Unless I can find somewhere to buy in bulk for a little less.
@Cavy Kung-Fu i do have storage. I’m keeping the current lot covered and in the shed.

I’ll shop round. If I can find the burgess one at a reasonable price I’ll go for that as they devoured it. Else will be timothyhay one.
 

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Thank you. I bought the burgess one off amazon and they do like it. I will likely try another when I run out though.
 

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I get my hay from a farm in the middle of nowhere about 30 minutes drive from my house. It is lovely and fresh, smells like honey and my piggies love it and it's also a fiver for a large bale you see in a field. Do you have a farm that sells hay near you?
 

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We do. But I was worried about people saying it can sometimes be mouldy or something. But that’s a very good option, I’d forgotten it!
 

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Make sure that the barn where the hay is stored is well ventilated. I always carefully choose my bales by giving them a good sniff first. I also cut the baler twine around the bale and pop it into black sacks while I am there. This is for two reasons: It stops all the mess at home and I can also check that the hay is lovely all the way through. Try to find a farm where horse owners go to if you can cos that is the best recommendation. A bale of hay generally fits into around 5 - 7 large (120L) black sacks. I can just about fit 2 bales in the back of my car with the seats down.
 

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Thanks for the advise @Betsy. Someone I work with has a horse I’ll see where they get their hay from.
 

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Look up “small pet select”. You can order hay here. It comes in slightly green, not brown like other hay. So it’s fresher. And my Pigs LOVE those little bud-things they put in! I definitely recommend this hay!
 

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I get my hay from a farm in the middle of nowhere about 30 minutes drive from my house. It is lovely and fresh, smells like honey and my piggies love it and it's also a fiver for a large bale you see in a field. Do you have a farm that sells hay near you?
l do the same,but buy 2 bales,one of meadow hay, which gos in their hay racks,and one gorse meadow,which l use for bedding,they eat it all.
the soft meadow is £5 a bale,and the gorse is £3 a bale,l keep them in 2 big wheelie bins,and they last my herd,6-8 weeks.
 

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I’ve not been happy with the last two lots of hay I bought from B&M so would like some suggestions for hay for my boys. They’re almost 6 months if that makes a difference.
I buy big farm bales of hay from a farm that sells under "Pet Bedding UK" on eBay. They sell them for under £20 a bale and the hay is always good quality. I don't think I'll ever buy hay from a shop now I've found these guys considering the price per kg the farm is charging compared to the shops. The quality often beats the shops hands down too!
 

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I buy big farm bales of hay from a farm that sells under "Pet Bedding UK" on eBay. They sell them for under £20 a bale and the hay is always good quality. I don't think I'll ever buy hay from a shop now I've found these guys considering the price per kg the farm is charging compared to the shops. The quality often beats the shops hands down too!
Just looked them up. Like the look of them.
 
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