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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Question about a certain product

Wild Harvest: Western Timothy Essentials Mixture Hay And Pellets, 3 lb
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Just how much timothy hay do you think is mixed in there?

Also, what are some good places to get large amounts of hay? I tried looking at Southern States but didn't see anything listed except small cubes in a bag. Be nice to know where I can get a large amount for low cost.
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Not nearly enough hay for daily eating!

A lot of people buy hay through Oxbow or Kleenmama's and have it shipped in. If there are pet stores locally that carry Oxbow, they'll generally have the bigger boxes too.

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What's the difference between 2nd/3rd cuts?
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It's the number of cut. Usually off of a field you'll get a first cut and a second cut, and in some places you can get 3 cuts of hay. #1 cut is super coarse, they usually only feed it to cows or use it on lawns and stuff. #2 is softer, and that's most of the timothy/orchard that's out there for bunnies and rabbits. #3 is the softest, and the hardest to get, but it's good, good stuff and most of the little critters seem to prefer it.

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I buy hay by the bale from the stable I go horse back riding at. I get it for $5 a bale, and it last me a couple months.
If you get hay from a farm, make sure to ask what kind it is because you will want a bale of mainly grass hay and not alfalfa.


And IMO its best just to go with a plain timothy based pellet, with no add-ins of any kind. Oxbow is pretty much the best you can get, and Kaytee Timothy Complete is good too.



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Also if you're in the SE, make sure you're not getting fescue. It's really prone to fungus, and most folks won't feed it to horses either.

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I buy hay by the bale from the stable I go horse back riding at. I get it for $5 a bale, and it last me a couple months.
If you get hay from a farm, make sure to ask what kind it is because you will want a bale of mainly grass hay and not alfalfa.


And IMO its best just to go with a plain timothy based pellet, with no add-ins of any kind. Oxbow is pretty much the best you can get, and Kaytee Timothy Complete is good too.
The place I ride at will sell me a bale for £3 but I only buy it when they have 2nd cut in. Its a good idea to buy in bulk because its cheaper in the long run
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Im not sure what cut mine is, but it seems to have a variety in it. There are some really hard/course pieces, and really soft grass-like ones too. Whatever it is, my buns and pigs absolutely LOVE it!



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