I love a bargain but hate to see a company close.
One of the feed stores has a bale of oat, wheat and barley hay, which should be ok for my wife to be around. I know that the wheat and oat hay is ok for them. It's the barley I'm concerned about. As I understand it, those hays are the grassy stuff that's left after the seed/cereal has been harvested from it. Is that right? I googled barley hay and got the standard result which says they can have all 3, but I wanted to see what you guys have to say before I decide. I'll ask the vet too.
My goal is to give my boys the best hay and balance it with value. The bags of store bought Timothy hay are fine, but it's a better value for a bale. The biggest bag I can get is about an eighth of a bale and costs about the same as a whole bale from the feed store. This will be a very short experiment. I'll go back to the bags of store bought Timothy if I have to.
- And got the T-shirt
"Grasses are harvested before the seed heads have ripened they can also be fed as any other
However, once the grain has ripened and the plant has turned from green to a gold-brown
colour, the stems lose their nutritional value and it becomes straw, which is used for bedding
rather than food."
There seems to be a huge variety of every type of livestock feed compared to when i first started feeding them (back when dinosaurs ruled the earth)! The nearest we had to feeding treats to herbivores was a carrot!
I can remember when feeding pelleted food such as pony cubes was considered the height of modern feeding as up until then we had mixed our own feeds from the grains! I used to make my own dog food, (which apparently is now the fashionable way!) and was very happy to discover complete feeds and not have to boil tripe any more! LOL
Apologies for sticking my neck into the thread but I'm always on the look out for feeding info!
As a matter of fact I have already purged all of the orchard grass and replaced it with the Timothy hay. My wife's allergies got to the point where it had to be done. The guinea pigs don't seem to care which kind of hay I give them anyway. So what do I do with all of that orchard grass? There's at least 3/4 bale in the garage. We have ranches around here so one of them will take it off my hands, I'm sure.
- Thanks for the Memories
RE: Chewy, I get other things there. Their customer service has always been good.