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How's The Hay Looking?

Fresh From The Hopper

As new hay batches arrive at our warehouse, typically every 4 to 6 weeks, we'll update
A Whole New Hay Report

Providing You A More Realistic Description

We realized that doing an annual harvest report on only the first batch of hay from that season’s harvest was more of an initial analysis. It was great at giving us an early glimpse into the anticipated quality for the year, but not a guarantee of what each batch would be.

 

It was with that in mind that we wanted to provide you with a more realistic description of what the hay looks and feels like as each new batch arrives from the farm. Ensuring you have the most accurate information available when you place your order and allowing you to make informed choices with confidence!

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Hay Descriptions

We'll provide you a more realistic description of what the hay looks and feels like. Along with notes on if it differs from past batches.
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Hay Features

Based on the hay description, we'll let you know the reasons why you may want to give your small pet this hay specifically.
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Recommendations

We'll provide you with any recommendations of a different hay your small pet may prefer based on the current hay quality.

Timothy Hay

Coarse Timothy Hay

Last Updated: December 2023

Hay Description

Coarse Timothy Hay looks great! Long, thick, light green stems on average of 8-11 inches with an abundance of seed heads. Minimal leaf content, but what is there is flat and wide. 

Features

Because of this batch’s great thick stems, this hay is perfect to help file down pesky overgrown incisors. 

Among the generous amount of thick stems and long seed heads, there are small pockets of leaf content for those small pets who like a bit of variety. 

Our Recommendations

  • If the Coarse Timothy is a bit too coarse for you, we recommend our Medium Timothy variety which contains thinner stems and less seed heads.
  • If you’re looking for more leaf content, but would like to keep the stems and stalks we recommend two options:
  • Try out the Medium Timothy Hay
  • Grab some Soft Timothy (mostly leaves) to mix into your Coarse Timothy for some variety 
  • If you or your small pet are allergic to Timothy Hay, we recommend trying either our Soft Orchard Grass or Coarse Orchard Grass.
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Medium Timothy Hay

Last Updated: December 2023

Hay Description

This batch is a “true” medium. There is an abundance of thin stems and seed heads, and some leaf content, Color is a beautiful green with minimal brown leaf. 

IMPORTANT NOTE TO CUSTOMERS: This batch is NOT the same as last year's harvest. Although this is a great batch, many folks are used to the incredibly soft leafy hay we sent out for most of the year. Please consider moving your future orders to Soft Timothy Hay before purchasing if you want less stems and seed heads. 

Features

Great thick stems to help file down those pesky overgrown incisors with amazing flat and wide leaves, which has been sought over the years!

This is a great blend of all textures, not one more than the other. If you have small pets who enjoy different textures, this may be a great choice for them!

Our Recommendations

  • If your small pet was loving the softer Medium Timothy we had in our 2022 harvest, then this batch of Medium Timothy may be a bit too coarse for you. We’d suggest ordering our Soft Timothy instead as it contains the soft leafy hay that they’re used to!
  • If you or your small pet are allergic to Timothy Hay, we recommend trying either our Soft Orchard Grass or Coarse Orchard Grass.
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Soft Timothy Hay

Last Updated: December 2023

Hay Description

Our Soft Timothy Hay has beautiful flat and wide leaves, just what everyone has been looking for! This is sure to have your Soft Timothy eater chomping up a storm!

Our summer was cooler than average, which delayed some growth. This is why some leaves are on the shorter side. 

Features

The majority of this hay is soft green blades, which makes it perfect for older bunnies and those with soft or weak teeth. 

This is one of our most popular products, great for picky eaters with great nutritional content!

Our Recommendations

  • The majority of this hay is soft green blades, which makes it perfect for older bunnies and those with soft or weak teeth. 
  • If you’re looking for more stems, try a sample of our Medium Timothy Hay! It contains a great leaf content and a generous amount of stems and seed heads.
  • If you or your small pet are allergic to Timothy Hay, we recommend trying either our Soft Orchard Grass or Coarse Orchard Grass.
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Orchard Grass

Coarse Orchard Grass

Last Updated: December 2023

Hay Description

Our Coarse Orchard Grass contains a fantastic amount of long stems and seed heads, a true “coarse” hay with great leaf content. This year’s harvest is much coarser than years prior however still a wonderful quality!

IMPORTANT NOTE TO CUSTOMERS: This particular cut is very coarse compared to what we've seen in the last few years, with our previous hay being incredibly soft due to environmental factors. This is definitely right on with the "coarse" description and what you should expect with a first cut of hay - it contains an abundance of stems and open seed heads.

Features

The seed heads and stems are a fan favorite for those small pets who love the Orchard Grass and need coarser hay. This hay is also great for those who need coarse hay for their small pet but need to stay away from Timothy for allergy reasons. 

Our Recommendations

  • This year’s Coarse Orchard Grass is coarser than we’ve had prior, if you’re looking for smoothing without an abundance of stems we recommend trying out our Soft Orchard Grass!
  • This batch will allow our small pets who may need something coarser to help file those teeth down to achieve better dental health.
  • On the other hand, if your pet has certain dental issues where typically they would need something much softer, it may be best to skip this batch and try our Soft Orchard Grass. Please consult with your veterinarian if you have questions about your small pets dental health.
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Soft Orchard Grass

Last Updated: December 2023

Hay Description

Leaves are long and green. Definitely a great batch for those who love our Soft Orchard Grass! Long leaves, fragrant, and really good for those small pets who need to munch on something. 

Features

This year’s texture is very similar to 2022 so there won’t be any surprises there!

Helpful reminder that Alfalfa can grow with Orchard Grass and may appear from time to time in your shipments. It’s minimal and doesn’t do any harm, but we want to let you know in case you see it within your order. 

Our Recommendations

  • This batch is perfect for those small pets who need to munch on something softer. Typically those who have dental issues like soft teeth, no teeth, etc.  Please consult with your veterinarian if you have questions about your pets dental health.
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Other Hays

Alfalfa Hay

Last Updated: December 2023

Hay Description

Long green stems with great leaf content with an abundance of elliptical leaves and thick stems!

This year's harvest is light green, with the majority of leaves attached to the stem. This batch is less dusty, and a great example of our Alfalfa hay! 

Features

Perfect for rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas under 6 months of age to help them get the needed protein and nutrients they need to grow!

Our Recommendations

  • Once your small pet is older than 6 months, we recommend you start to transition them to grass hay (such as Timothy or Orchard).
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Mountain Grass

Last Updated: December 2023

Hay Description

Coarse hay with a variety of Timothy, Orchard Grass, and wild grasses. Leaves are a beautiful green and quite long, with a variety of stems and seed heads! 

This year's harvest is a bit softer with thinner stems and a great mix of textures. Great for those who love our Mountain Grass.

Features

Perfect for those small pets who love variety in texture and taste. 

If you and your small pet were loving our previous Mountain Grass batch, you’ll also be happy with this batch!
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Oat Hay

Hay Description

Long stems and leaves that  are a shiny yellow-green and fragrant.  Many open seed heads and a variety of textures. 

Features

Really good for small pets who are finicky. Also a great treat hay for those who enjoy variety and sweeter hay. 

Shop Soft Timothy Hay
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