Outdoor Hay Rack Alternative

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Maisy and Poppy

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Hi,
I heard of someone on the forum whose piggie had an accident with a hay rack and died.:(
I have the pets @ home wire one.
I wondered what would be a suitable alternative?
Many thanks!:)
 

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I put my hay in a litter tray. That way they can burrow in it and eat it too. It still contains it fairly well, and at the end of each day its super easy to just tip away the left over bits and put fresh in. :)
 

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Some members on here do not have a hay rack/bag at all.
You could add the hay in a pile, they will enjoy running about and playing in it.
Or you could put a litter tray in the cage and fill it with hay.
Or you could make a fleece hay bag. This is a safer alternative to hay rack. The holes cannot be too small so the pigs cannot get to the food or the pig get stuck, and the holes cannot be too large so the pig can get stuck. Or you could make the holes big enough for them to jump in the bag safely.
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/tutorial-how-to-make-a-hay-bag.113458/
 

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Thanks, as eating hay is quite expensive, I prefer not to put it on the floor as pigs go to the loo on it and then won't eat it. I will try a hay bag!
 

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I currently have a hay bag whilst they're temporarily indoors from the cold weather. They seem to be getting along great with it. So might add that as well as the litter tray when they go back outside in Spring.
 

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Even if you have it in a rack it will drop on the floor and they will do their business on it regardless.
This is true! This morning I came downstairs to most of the hay pulled out of the hay bag and pooped on. So swept it away and replaced with fresh. Either way they do tend to end up with it on the floor. Just ensure theres plenty of it! That way if they pull some down and go to the loo on it, theres plenty fresh for them to eat. ;)
 
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