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Old 08-27-2007, 04:10 PM   #1
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Hi there,

I found a nice looking bag of green oat hay, but I did not purchase it as I do not know how it compares to timothy hay. My buns love and do well on timothy hay.

Does oat hay have more or less nutrition, more or less calories, and more or less calcium?

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Old 08-27-2007, 06:28 PM   #2
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Oat hay is as good as timothy, one of our extremely knowledgeable mods (randy) suggests it for buns who don't like timothy. As long as your bun likes it and eats the same amount as usual it should be fine.



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Old 08-27-2007, 06:34 PM   #3
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Here are a few sites that has a bit of a breakdown of protein, calcium, etc. per hay type:

http://www.tamaris.org.uk/index.php?...id=32&Itemid=1

http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/id/id146/id146.htm

http://www.c-r-alpacas.com/Alpaca%20...pes_of_hay.htm

http://www.guinealynx.com/hay_chart.html

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/2432/haychart.html

Here's a site that lists a bit of information about each type of hay:

http://www.rabbit.org/chapters/san-d...hay_grass.html

I don't know much about each type of hay, myself, but I will add the fact that people use oats to help buns gain weight. I don't know what, if anything, that means to oat HAY, necessarily, but thought I'd jot that down here.

Hope all that helps!

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Oat hay is a grass hay, so it is good for bunnies. Actually, if you want to get really technical the best hay for rabbits is a mix, not a single species. And my buns loooooove oat hay! I need to find it locally so I can get some more.

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Hmm...sounds like we'll be checking to see if the tack & feed places near us have a mix! I try REALLY hard to give them the best of things (without killing us financially).

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Excellent, sounds good! At my local feed store it 2.75 for a huge and fresh bag of local stuff.

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Old 08-28-2007, 04:16 AM   #7
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ARGH! I am moving to your area Steph - Oat hay is like an arm and a leg here. I'm going to get more of it from Oxbow for my guys cause they LOVE it - although they go after the seed pods first. But they go nuts for it like they go nuts for treats.

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Yes, please, move here! You and Dawn!

Anyhow, do you think it would be worth it for me to ship you some? How much do you pay for it?

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I dunno about shipping it to me, but you should bring some with you next time you come to the mainland... I'm trying to find some different varieties to give my guys along with the timothy. I'll traid you oat for orchard!

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Old 08-28-2007, 05:25 PM   #10
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I have a really hard time getting anything except Timothy or Alfalfa here. We have a lot of mixes (oat hay is not common here) with brome and orchard grass in them but 95% of them seem to be Alfalfa mixes and the other 5% I can't get at because 'it's a waste of time for a farmer to sell me a bale or 2'. While I'mfortunateto have access to plenty of great Timothy here, I wish I could get more variety but the bottom line is take what you can most easily have access to. Grass hays all vary slightly in nutritional value, but they are all good for the rabbit. If you can get a mix, then go for it! More is better.

We had a discussion on different types of hay not long ago. It's somewhat pertinent to this discussion because offering a variety means your rabbit can eat the one it likes the most and will often times consume quite a bit if they like the hay. http://www.rabbitsonline.net/view_to...269&forum_id=1



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