Why doesn't your picky rabbit or grass eating rodent doesn't want to eat your hay?
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"My rabbits are so picky. I'm already buying the usual brand that it likes but why suddenly it doesn't want to eat it now? ". Have this happened to you and never found out why? Well today will will explain why does this happen.
First of, the price of hay varied a lot and they are good reason for that. That being said, they are basically same type of hay just that being planted differently. The cheaper one are being planted as food source for horses or cows in mind. They are usually not picky and would eat any quality of hay. This mean that the care being put into growing them doesn't need to be that throughout. There's no need to maintain a good quality soil or anything about fertilizing them. But our picky eater friends in our house that chew up your furniture are not the same as horse and cow. To meet their demand, farmer would need to put more afford into it thus the cost would also increase.
But I'm sure many of you including us have found that even when buying good quality brand's hay doesn't guarantee that they would eat them. All this time they are fine with certain brand of hay and suddenly they don't want them anymore and after a period of time they would start munching them again. So why does this happen? Well, it have to do with the season. As all of them came from America and are being planted in places with 4 seasons, it is unavoidable that changes of season will effect the quality of the hay.
The most common type of hay that's being use and well recommended is the timothy hay. Although the timothy grass can be grow all year long but it doesn't grow well in the drought of summer. This will effect the timothy that is planted from June - August. So this would effect the hay that is harvested between and after that period of time. Depending on the storage of stocks it might even effect the pack that you bought in the end of the year.
Now what are we going to do about this? Fortunately the equality nutrition orchard grass will grow still grow pretty well in the summer. But unfortunately it doesn't grow that well during the cold winter. Knowing that, we could shift to orchard during the end of the year while using timothy at the beginning of the year.
Nutritionally, they are about the same being the major different between them is that the timothy have a much courser leaves. This makes timothy hay much more effective in wearing down their ever growing teeth. Which is why most people recommend timothy over orchard. But there is not much grinding if the animal it self don't eat them.