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Last Post by Kokaneeandkahlua at 11/16/2012 3:49 PM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline Mom2Tux
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11/15/2012 10:53 AM

How do you and your buns feel about hay cubes? Mine loves alfalfa cubes because they're fun to munch on, and they're definitely easy for me. It's coming time for him to go off alfalfa, and I was thinking about getting him cubes made out of 100% timothy hay (from a reputable source). Would it be okay for him to just eat the cubes instead of loose hay, or is there something beneficial about the loose hay? Taking price out the equation, is this a healthy diet (combined with some pellets and fresh herbs)? 


User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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11/15/2012 4:20 PM
loose hay is necessary, as they need the long fiber strands to keep their digestive tract going properly. Cubes just don't have that.

User is Offline james waller
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11/15/2012 5:00 PM
Posted By Mom2Tux on 11/15/2012 01:53 PM

How do you and your buns feel about hay cubes? Mine loves alfalfa cubes because they're fun to munch on, and they're definitely easy for me. It's coming time for him to go off alfalfa, and I was thinking about getting him cubes made out of 100% timothy hay (from a reputable source). Would it be okay for him to just eat the cubes instead of loose hay, or is there something beneficial about the loose hay? Taking price out the equation, is this a healthy diet (combined with some pellets and fresh herbs)? --rabbit diet,--sorry to be tearse-but,a young rabbit must develope strong stomach muscles-for pushing necesary grasses along the gi tract,--alfalfa -is related to clover and should be fed as a treat,,--that given there are timothy cubes--generally sold at farm supply outlets for horses,--sounds like you are doing a fine job,--for more dietary info  http://www.medirabbit.com --timothy grasses are highest in fiber,some quailty pellets,daily with water,,-few treats and this should comply with necassary dietary requirements--  sincerely james waller--




User is Offline peppypoo
Texas
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11/15/2012 5:12 PM
Hay cubes are great as toys, but I'd continue to give him loose hay as well.
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User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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11/16/2012 10:47 AM
Regular, "loose" hay is absolutely necessary for digestive health. But hay cubes do make a great treat. I've only ever seen tim hay cubes by Oxbow. They are really good quality and can be purchased on this site.
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User is Offline Malp_15
British Columbia, Canada
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11/16/2012 12:42 PM
Living World by Hagen sells them too, but I wouldn't buy them. I posted a thread about it last year sometime, I found a bright orange plastic strand in a cube. So I started pulling them all apart and a bunch of them had it, it looked like pieces of the bale ties. I sent the company an email with a picture and they just told me that, that was what the hay looks like.... Then months and months later they sent me coupons that I never used.

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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11/16/2012 3:49 PM
Definitely ditto the loose hay, it must be the staple of the diet.
Price wise-you can do better for both cubes and hay if you buy bulk. You can buy 55lb (or therabouts) bags of hay cubes that are made for horses and this is quite cheap. Also baled hay (if you don't live in a condo) is very affordable
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