Homemade hay cakes/cubes

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    JimD

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    Hello All !!

    I was wondering if anybody had an idea of how to make timothy hay cakesor cubes? Nothing fancy....just plain hay without too much added.

    I've got a lot of small pieces and chaff left over from filling racks.I hate to toss it in the compost pile if I can figure out a way to makecakes for the buns.
    :anyone:

     
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    Wow...that's one I've never thought of...haveyou tried googling it? Heck, I'll try googling a few thingsright now to see what I come up with. :)
     
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    Hehe...found a site (in googling "Homemade haycubes") from the Ontario House Rabbit Society that lists out how tomake an NIC cage...

    Think, cubes, homemade...hehe!! Just thought I'd add that...made me giggle. :)
     
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    *sigh* I'm trying all sorts of phrases(and can usually find something in the combinations of words that Iuse), and am not finding anything. I almost wonder if theprocess is being kept under wraps so companies can make money from thehay cubes they sell. :(

    I'll keep lookin', though...
     
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    You could try experimenting...

    Do you have anything that you could put the small pieces and chaffunder high pressure? Try to use compression to crush themtogether dry?

    Or just use a tiny bit of water, compress and bake?

    --Dawn
     
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    That might destroy the nutrients. It seems thayare made with tim hay & some alfalfa, under pressure. The alfis more moist & helps keep the cubes together. How muchpressure may be a well-kept secret.
     
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    Maybe moisten them and then use a flower press to make sheets, then press those sheets together?

    I'll think about it some more.

    ~Star~
     
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    Thanks for all of the brainstorming!!

    I think I can figure out the press.
    I can use a short piece of PVC pipe and a C-clamp.
    Instead of a PVC pipe, I was thinking of a short piece of metal conduit....in case I wanted to bake it?

    How to get the mix to bind is the challenge.
    I can try adding a bit of alfalfa.
    Maybe mist it down with water...or maybe chamomile tea? Tequila?
     
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    JimD wrote:
    That is one of the best lines I have ever seen on here, lol, and coming on such a sensible post was even more amusing.

    I have nothing useful to say, but this little gem of a comment has highly amused me. Very well done, lol.
     
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    I think some companies have molasses listed intheir hay cube ingrediants. That's good and sticky, althoughit's sweet.
     
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    Flashy wrote:
    :thankyou:
     
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    JimD wrote:
    :thankyou:

    :great::great::great::great::great:

    (and I don't know why it didn't quote your bowing properly, but never mind)
     
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    naturestee wrote:
    That was actually the first thing that came to mind....the second thought was that it might be too much sugar.

    And then I thought about honey.


     
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    Very frustrating!!!

    I can't find anything on the processing!!!

    It's got to be something really simple that doesn't need any kind of regulating or anything.
    How the heck do they get the 100% timothy cubes to bind without adding alfalfa or anything??
     

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