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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-12-2006, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Alfalfa Hay

I ordered 50 lbs of timothy hay for my chinchillas and degus and when I got it home it looked different from the normal hay that I get from the pet shop. I believe it's probably alfalfa and they just made a mistake. The difference that I can see is that it doesn't have any of the little furry cone things in it like the timothy hay does, and that its not as soft, it's actually more stick like.

I'm keeping the hay because my chinnies will eat it and it's fine for them, but my worry is about the degus. I seen before that degus shouldn't have too much alfalfa so I'm just wondering if this is "too much" alfalfa for them. Their food consists of half chinchilla pellets which are alfalfa based. About a week ago I gave them a little bit of the hay just for them to try it and to see if they like it and they loved it. Today I picked up a small handful of the little leaf things that fall off of the hay and let them eat some out of my hand for a little treat. Is this ok to do? Can I feed them the alfalfa hay on a daily basis? Maybe even every other day or once a week?

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I think a little bit would be fine once in a while but too much is bad for degus. I personally don't feed it at all except for the occasional alfalfa block (they are mixed with the rabbits' food and the bunnies hate them) but the degus don't really eat them anyways, they just like to chew them.




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Alfalfa hay varies quite a bit from cutting to cutting. Late season cuttings (which are what we see most of now in the winter) is alot "stickier" and drier than early season cuttings.

It's not necessarily bad, its just not quite as nutritous. For your Degus, it's probably better, than the the early season stuff.

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Oh, and here's a post made a few years ago that I found:

http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/showt...t=alfalfa+degu




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Where did you get the hay?

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Jade - I got it from OntarioChinchillas.com
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I totally agree its ok fed in small amounts, just don't over feed it and i'm sure they will be fine

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