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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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hay/grass comparison

what is the difference in alfalfa/timothy/orchard grass/bermuda grass/fescue grass and others? what is the diference nutriton, and which is preferable?
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The primary difference is that alfalfa is not a grass hay. If you look at it, it's very "clumpy" because it's actually a dried leafy plant instead of a dried grass. It is very high in calcium. Because of this, in most species it's only recommended as a treat or for young animals.

The grass hays have less nutritional differences overall, and are largely interchangeable. A lot of people mix them to give their small animals a variety. Here's a table of all the hays and their various nutritional values:
http://www.guinealynx.info/hay_chart.html

Most of the grass hays available commercially are either orchardgrass or timothy hay (and they're commonly fed to rabbits, guinea pigs, etc).

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wow thanks for that jennicat, was very helpful
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