Bermuda Hay

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  1. Chinclub

    Chinclub Well-Known Member

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    Around here most people grow Bermuda hay (hope I spelled that right). Is this an acceptable type to give the rabbits on a regular basis?
     
  2. Siryet

    Siryet In Remembrance

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    Don't know if it's proper or not but that is what we feed ours as a treat. A local
    Abby sells Bermuda inexpensive so that is what we use for our sheep/rabbits/goats. We don't have cattle at this time but when we do we will buy alfalfa for them.
     

  3. Chinclub

    Chinclub Well-Known Member

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    Do you give your rabbits any other kind of hay daily or do they just get rabbit pellets?
     
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    birdie_poo Well-Known Member

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    We give it as a treat, plus I give it to nesting does to help build a nicer nest. It's much softer than alfalfa or straw.
     
  5. BeatrixP

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    I think if using for a treat it is o.k. It depends on the combination of nutritional value of all the foods. From what I have read, the high calcium content in some hay is the biggest problem if their diet is primarily alfalfa pellets.
    Here is a table of nutritional values I found a while back. Sorry, but I can't get this formatted right so the headings which correspond to the numbers across the table should read from left to right: dry matter%, Energy (kcal/kg), Crude Protein%, Crude Fiber %, Calcium %

    Alfalfa hay 90 1800* 15.3* 27.0* 1.4*
    Bermuda grass hay 92 1656* 11* 27.6* .4*
    Oat hay 88 2000 7.3* 29.5* .3 trace
    Oat straw 92 1640 4.1 37.0 .3
    Orchard grass hay 89 1829 9.8* 30.0* .3
    Timothy hay 89 2010 6.3* 30.2* trace
    Wheat hay 88 1870 7.4 25.0 .2
    Wheat straw 89 1340 3.2 37.0 .2
    Clover hay red 88 1760* 17.3* 21.8* 1.3*
    Clover hay white 92 2024* 21.4* 20.9* 1.8*
    Lespedeza hay 92 1290* 12.7* 28.1* .9*

    From the United States-Canadian Tables of Feed Composition,
    National Academy of Sciences, Third Revision,
    1982 unless otherwise noted.
    *Values adapted especially for rabbits by Peter R. Cheeke,
    Rabbit Feeding and Nutrition, Orlando; Academic Press,
    1987. 360-365
     
  6. Chinclub

    Chinclub Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! That was very helpful.
     
  7. 2horses

    2horses I'm a silly filly!! Supporter

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    I buy coastal bermuda hay for the horses, and use it as bedding for the buns. They eat some of it, but mostly just root around in it. I feed the commercial Timothy hay you buy at pet stores (okay, only two buns so far, so it's not overly expensive - yet) free choice and they seem to prefer it - it gets eaten and the coastal doesn't it. Mine seem pretty happy and healthy, and now I'm getting ready to breed my doe for that first litter!! Yee-haw!

    Pam :cool: <----- has the prettiest and sweetest blue Mini Rex doe....