Stalky hay Recommendations please/help with fussy dental bun

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Stalky hay Recommendations please/help with fussy dental bun

Post by BellaPickleFlopsyLily on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:51 pm

Just after some recommendations of where to get some stalky green hay. My farm bale is good but the majority is quite soft so I have to pick through the bale to get nice stalky stands which the bunnies adore. Pixie and Pickle are really good hay eaters and their diet is of course unlimted hay and a table spoon of excel/SS pellets twice a day between them, seeing some lovely golden poop! Very Happy

Lily is also a good hay eater , but flopsy is a dental bunny and barely touches hay. He occasionally nibbles a strand or 2 but that's very seldom. Its a pain really but I don't think there's much we can do to get him to be a hay eater, Flopsy and Lily get an egg cup of pellets twice a day but I may start feeding Flopsy Pellets separately as I think the amount of pellets is affecting lily's hay eating. I was just wondering is there anything that although would not do what hay does but maybe help flopsy in some way. I know nothing can substitute hay but if something can help keep his gut healthy and he gets fibre another way then that would be good.

Anyway Lily, Pickle & Pixie seem to love long stalky fresh hay so I need to find a good supplier so they can continue being great hay eaters Smile

Thanks in advance Wave
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Post by Sparky on Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:41 am

I've heard Supreme Fibafirst sticks recommended for dental buns / ones who do not eat much hay Thumbs Up
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Post by cheryl'n'bruce'flo on Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:54 am

My 2 go mad for fibafirst. If I stuff it in the hay rack they pull everything out madly searching for the fibafirst. It is not cheap though so I would advise feeding it as well as a pellet and hay. My lot, both rabbits and pigs, love the rye and timothy mix hay from hay for pets which is quite stalky. I think it depends slightly on the dental issue, but Bruce with his misaligned jaw benefits most from nomming on different types and textures of grass in the garden. Hay does not come close to the beneficial effects on his teeth that fresh nommed grass does.


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Post by Big Ears on Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:17 am

When Shadow was with me he couldn't eat hay because of his dental problems - his tooth roots would give extreme pain (so I was told) if he tried to eat anything hard, so he very rarely ate hay. The farm bales I buy quite often have a lot of plantain in them and Shadow used to go mad for the plantain so maybe supplementing Flopsy's food with dried plants may assist ... even foraging for fresh plantain etc may be of benefit, if that's possible, as they would be high in fibre so a good substitute.

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Post by Zo on Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:42 pm

Hay for pets timothy and rye, or the dust free hay companies stalky hay are ones I'd recommend, Hector prefers stalky hay too.
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Post by BellaPickleFlopsyLily on Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:57 pm

Thanks everyone Wave yesterday I bought a bag of alfalfa hay and flopsy loves it and happily eats it Very Happy only problem is that it's high in calcium and protein and it's quite expensive so I can't offer it in unlimited amounts. Never seen him enjoy hay like that Smile flopsy also suffers with nasty root pain and is on ongoing metacam twice a day which he's been on for nearly a year.
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Post by paullp on Fri Mar 29, 2013 4:33 pm

I now get hay from a farm/garden centre/rabbit centre/breeder in Rowde, near Devizes. Although I think the buns they keep there could do with more space.

My buns love this hay! It is very stalky and is meadow hay. I don't know how they manage to eat them, but they love eating thistles they find in there!
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