Soft Orchard Grass is the softest hay we carry, making it popular with picky eaters and is a great alternative if your small pet is allergic to Timothy Hay. It is high in fiber and low in protein and calcium.
Coarse Orchard Grass is a great alternative if your small pet is allergic to Timothy Hay. It's similar to First Cut Timothy Hay in texture while also being high in fiber and low in protein and calcium.
What is Ultra Premium Orchard Grass?
Orchard Grass is high in fiber and low in both protein and calcium content, which is ideal for keeping the digestive tracts of rabbits and other small animals functioning properly. Orchard Grass can be fed free-choice to your rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and other small animals, and should be a mainstay of any small herbivore’s diet. Free-choice feeding means that the hay is constantly available and the animals can balance their own diet, without increased risk of weight gain or digestion issues.
Two Types of Orchard Grass
Soft Orchard Grass
- Known for being the softest type of hay we carry, with longer blades of grass, minimal seed heads, and fewer stalks than other types of hay.
- Makes a great alternative if you or your small pet is allergic to Timothy Hay
- Ideal for keeping the digestive tract functioning properly due to its high fiber and low protein and calcium content.
- To maintain dental health, you must supplement with chew toys or coarse hay.
Coarse Orchard Grass
- Known for its large seed heads, fibrous leaves and stems, Coarse Orchard Grass provides long strands that promote natural chewing behavior and dental health.
- Makes a great alternative if you or your small pet is allergic to Timothy Hay. Coarse Orchard Grass is very similar to Coarse Timothy Hay in texture.
- Ideal for keeping the digestive tract functioning properly due to it’s high fiber and low protein and calcium content.
Why Hay is Essential
Grass hay is an important staple in the diet of rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas. For rabbits 7 months and older and guinea pigs 6 months and older, grass hay should make up 80% of their diet. For chinchillas older than a year, grass hay should make up 75% of their diet. The constant foraging and grazing encouraged by hay helps to keep them physically active and mentally stimulated. It also helps to wear down their teeth while the long strand fiber helps to keep their digestion regular and functioning properly.