- Mar 19, 2012
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- Arizona, USA
Is this what you are calling compressed hay bales??First off: yes they have unlimited timothy hay at all times! they also have orchard hay mixed in. They get 100% timothy hay pellets to snack ok as well. Secondly: I bought the compressed hay bails as a way to get them to eat more hay, they’re just hay that is wound tightly into a ball that is fun for them to chew.
The buns are both a year old, and have been with me since they were 8 weeks old. The only thing that I think might have caused a tummy upset is that my family loves to feed them dried banana chips as a treat after they have their salad in the evening.
They get the digestive tablet purely as a preventative measure. My boy bun tends to shed a lot and it has helped keep his tummy clearer and manage his stress a little more. They get a plate of salad every morning and night since they dont get any sort of pellet mix. usually things like romaine, green leaf lettuce, kale, dandelion, chard, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, parsley, mint, or celery tops.
The attached photo is one if the smaller droppings, I couldn’t find any regular sized ones since i’ve changed their box in order to monitor their poops! (^:
This is what a compressed hay bale looks like:
The small package of cubed hay is just for entertainment. It doesn't count much as "hay eating" because the long strands of hay is what they need (for teeth and gut health). In fact, if they get too many of the little cubed hay pieces, it may prevent them from eating enough of the actual, long strands of fresh hay.
Dried banana chips are definitely higher in sugar than fresh banana. My rabbits love banana chips. They have to be severely limited though. As little as 3 banana chips in one day can cause my one rabbit to stop eating (early signs of GI stress). If I ever see that happen, I immediately give him the baby gas drops and that gets him going again.