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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-29-2010, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Which hay?

Which hay is best for rabbits - Timothy High Fiber (1st cut) or
Timothy Gold (2nd cut)?
Has anyone noticed the hay seeds heads causing softer stools?

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Depends on what your rabbit likes... One is more coarse than the other Im pretty sure.
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I've never noticed soft poo from the seed heads either.

I feed my rabbits both cuts, as well as 3rd cut, and other types of grass hay (Oat, Orchard grass, Brome...) all mixed up together. It gives them verity and gives them something to do - they forage through all the hay to pick out the pieces/kinds they want to eat. Rabbits in the wild spend a lot of time foraging. I know my guys are domestic bunnies, but they seem to enjoy it too.


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Hmm, I usually buy Oxbow timothy in the giant bag. I guess its first cut bc it dont mention otherwise. When I got extra money I buy the orchard bc it smells wicked for variety. Im mostly trying to get Akina to eat more... Once I gets a bike I plan to ride out to the farm and buy a bale for cheap. I dont think it matters really, just the 2nd cut is softer for them to stand on??? Maybe Im wrong.
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I just buy big bales of hay for the rabbits and pigs... It seems to have quite the variety (soft and coarse hay, dandilions and stuff mixed in...) and I buy bags of orchanrd grass too that I stuff in toilet paper tubes for variety and it also makes a great toy!



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The Oxbow is typically second cut. First cut hay is VERY coarse and stalky and most rabbits won't eat it.

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