Orchard Hay for Rabbits
Feeding Your Rabbit Orchard Hay
For both the novice and experienced rabbit owner, you might well come across the option of feeding your rabbit orchard hay. And whilst timothy hay is certainly the easiest (and probably the most suitable) hay to get hold of, there’s no issue with feeding orchard hay if you need to.
So what are the differences between the two? And why would you feed one as opposed to the other?
Orchard hay vs Timothy hay for rabbits
Both orchard hay and timothy hay belong to the group known as grass hay. This means that they’re high in fiber and relatively low in both protein and calorie. But there are some nutritional differences between the two hays – the main one being that orchard hay is a little lower in calcium.
There are also differences when you look at the two as well. Orchard hay might be a little softer than timothy, and it also might have a smaller amount of visible seed heads.
If you can’t get hold of timothy hay, then feeding orchard grass hay as a substitute is fine. However, as with any change of diet it’s best to introduce it gradually, over a period of a couple of weeks if possible.
Learn more about different hay for rabbits.
The main thing to take into account if you’re thinking of feeding orchard hay for rabbits, is that the same as with timothy hay, it should be of the very best quality. This means that, like the timothy hay that we at Small Pet Select sell, the hay should smell sweet, be a nice green color and contain absolutely no dust or mold.
As long as you ensure this is the case, you can be sure that you’re feeding your pets the very best hay nutrition possible.
Till next time, love those bunnies….
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