Hay, hay, and more hay!!

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  1. May 27, 2006 #1

    maherwoman

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    Ok, so yesterday afternoon, we finally bought abale of Timothy hay for the girls. Oh, WOW...I had no ideahow HUGE they were!! It wouldn't fit in our little Saturn, sowe had to call a friend to bring over his truck so we could take ithome!

    Needless to say, 40lbs of hay and $20 later, we're in theHAY!! Both bunnies are eating it like crazy, and were runningaround their cages in excitement when we brought it in because theycould smell its freshness! Last night, they ate what theynormally eat in a full 24 hours!

    We also bought some horse bedding pine pellets, and tried something newwith their litterboxes with it (for transition). We put justone layer of the pellets in the bottom, put enough of the CareFresh toalmost cover the pellets, then put a scattering of dirty litter (topreserve their smell in it) over that, and finished it off with ahelping of hay. Flower LOVES it this way!! She hashad the BEST time with this. We also have hay in their hayracks, but she's eating it from everywhere! :)

    Maisie's not terribly thrilled...seems she likes it ONLY in her hayrack (we'd never put hay in her litterbox before...was a totalexperiment to see if she'd like it), and cleared all of the hay out ofher downstairs litterbox overnight. Not to mention, we had tomove her litterbox to the other side of her top floor because she'sbeen peeing there (meaning the hayrack went with it), and she workedall night trying to put the hayrack where it used to reside.But, since it's clipped to the cage and she couldn't move it, sheresorted to taking ALL hay out of the hayrack, and putting it where therack used to be. Just all in a big pile...it's soadorable. Hopefully she'll adjust to it being somewhere newsoon. She hasn't done anything yet with the hay I put inthere this morning, but she has been rather pouty. Hmmm...asfar as hay in the litterbox, we'll just go back to it only being in therack.

    Anyway, we're so happy we bought those things in bulkfinally!! The hay cost just over $20, and we think it's about40lbs (its taller than our 6yr old daughter!!), and the bedding bagsays it's one cubic foot (whatever that means), and it was$6. We used to spend $6 on 1lb of Timothy hay every other dayand spent about $6 on just a medium sized CareFresh package (it's 10liters vs the 30 liters of pellet bedding we bought) every fewdays. This is wonderful and will save SO MUCHmoney!! :D

    The bunnies are happy, too, despite Maisie's grumpiness to change. :)

    :bunnydance::bunnydance:

    Edit:
    Oh my!! According to the following website, and themeasurements that coincide with how large our bale is, it weighs about60lbs!!! LOL!!

    http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/faq9757

    I have to admit, I was slightly embarassed to say we were buying it fortwo little bunnies...LOL!! All I could squeak out was thatthey were picky about freshness (which Maisie definitely is)!LOL!! :embarrassed::rollseyes::lookaround:blushan

    I felt like saying, "nope...we have horses just like everybody else here..." LOL!!

    P.S. Guess I should have researched just how much a bale ofhay was before buying...lol...but it's nice to have all we wantnow...and is so much more affordable!! :colors:
     
  2. May 27, 2006 #2

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    Oh my!! According to the followingwebsite, and the measurements that coincide with how large our bale is,it weighs about 60lbs!!! LOL!!

    http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/faq9757

    I have to admit, I was slightly embarassed to say we were buying it fortwo little bunnies...LOL!! All I could squeak out was thatthey were picky about freshness (which Maisie definitely is)!LOL!! :embarrassed::rollseyes::lookaround:blushan

    I felt like saying, "nope...we have horses just like everybody else here..." LOL!!

    Edit: added this to above first message...LOL
     
  3. May 27, 2006 #3

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    Are you sure it's only 40 lbs.? :D

    I think it might be more than that....:shock:

    Rainbows! :)

    Edit: Opps I didn't seeyour changes in the post. Can you lift the bale ofhay by yourself? ;)



     
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    Isn't baled hay great? WAY fresher and betterthen the packaged stuff.. saves you aTON of money too!Packaged hay is the hugest robbery when it comes to bunny owning!

    Glad they are loving the hay! Hehe at this rate they should be done with the hay in.. hmm a week or so? Hehe kidding :D.
     
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    Spring wrote:
    It certainly is! Oxbow makes a small fortune off of me, especially in the winter when I can't find much fresh stuff around...
     
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    I need to try to buy it this way. I live in the country and I am bound to be able to find it at a feed store.
     
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    :shock:$20 for 60 lbs?! I pay $4.50 for 60 lbs ofvery niceTimothy hay.

    I don't know how big a Saturn is but my dad and I fit 4 bales into his Volkswagon Golf. It was like playing Tetras!

    I know what you mean, I've always bought horse hay and the rabbits willnot eat store bought hay. I find that store bought hay is not very niceand often it's old.
     
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    maherwoman wrote:
    I know the feeling! When I only had 2 bunnies, I bought 2 bales thatlasted a year. I had the biggest problem just finding a farmer thatwould sell me just 2 bales, none of them thought it wasworth theirtime.:X

    Anyways I eventually found one and he found it quite funny. We've beengoing to him for 3 years now and he remembers us well. We're the onlypeople who have ever asked to buy only 2 bales.;)
     
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    This pic is from the Ode to Hay thread where I thank Aurora (Dawn) for splitting a bale with me of GREAT hay. :)

    This is half the bale, the whole balewas 90 lbs for $12CDN. Not sure if you can get a good idea of the size from thepic. :) It sure wouldn't have fit in aSaturn.

    And we're next door to MBB in BC.



    sas :)and the hay happy gang :bunnydance::bunnydance::bunnydance::bunnydance::bunnydance:



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    Lol about tetris...I can just picture it. Wehave a two-door coupe, and our six-year-old barely fits in her carseatin the back. Lol...

    Well, it being a California price, that might have made the difference, I don't know. What state do you live in?

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    Yeah, it sure does look about the right size...

    I know...my husband is out for some film so I can take some bunnypictures...I'll take a picture of the hay, too. It's wrappedin some plastic so it doesn't just fall everywhere...but you cancertainly get the idea...:)

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    I find that the best way to store hay inside abig rubber maid tub. They've got a little bit of ventilationso the hay won't get moldy/mildewy, and it keeps it all nicelycontained.

    Oh, and the picture that SAS provided is less than half thebale. I got about a between 1/2 and 2/3 into my rubbermaidbin, and then I had to find a home for the rest of it.

    I too love farm/horse hay!! It's so much fresher, and so muchcheaper. Wildfire loves her hay, and so doesNutmeg. They clean it up as fast as I supply it to them...

    --Dawn
     
  13. May 28, 2006 #13

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    That's pretty hay. I can almost smellit. :))) Bales varygreatly, depending on the type of hay and the baler.
     

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