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Oat Hay

I know everyone feeds their chins Timothy and Alfalfa hay.I know some mix oats in the feed but does anyone feed their chins oat hay along with the other.Is this a good thing or bad?


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-05-2002, 06:15 PM
 
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I don't think that it hurts. YOu might want to check the protien, fat, and fiber values. One of the advantages of Timothy is that it is lower in fat than alfalfa. If the the oat hay isn't too much higher than alfalfa, you might give it a try. Perhaps a little variety would be nice. (Or they could just pee on it, which has happened with some of my attempts at new foods.)

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LOL Patti, those chins sure don't hide how they feel do they?

One of my chins was fed only oat hay when I got him and so he had a big bag of it when he came to me, I started giving him timothy daily and gave the oat hay to everybody occasionally. None of my chins cared for it much, not even the one who it came with (it was really dry though, a fresh bag might have gone over better). I do have to say though, he came to me very healthy. Oxbow sells oat grass hay along with thier other chinchilla hays, and chinworld also sells it, so I wouldn't worry about the safety of it. I personally would use it as more of an occasional thing than a daily/main food. I bet Jorgha could tell us more about it.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-06-2002, 08:43 AM
 
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Timothy is not only really good for chins, but I've found that my chins really prefer it to alfalfa. It has a great aroma and I presume taste. Although with all my moving lately, I have gone back to alfalfa blocks.

I'd try some fresh oat hay from Oxbow and see if they like it better.

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Mine love the timothy and alfalfa.I tried the oat hay and they loved it too.Although my baby girls did make a bed out of some of it.I thought just alittle something different once in awhile for a change.


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I have given my chins several different Oxbow Hays. I like to give them a little variety now and then but I mainly feed them Timothy. If anyone has every seen the Timothy packaging it is twice the size of all their other packaged hays - I guess people use more Timothy. I have also given them Bunny Brome (by Oxbow) and they went crazy for it. I give it to them as a treat when they have been very good and especially cute. I also let my friend feed it to them because if I don't she will give them 10 raisins - A PIECE! I have now started hiding the raisins when she is here!
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I also let my friend feed it to them because if I don't she will give them 10 raisins - A PIECE! I have now started hiding the raisins when she is here!
that is the way Madison and Taylor are.I have to keep the raisins up high so the 2 kids can't get them.


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