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    Hey y'all! Jeeze, it's been like a century and a half since I was on here! Well, back to the point, I have been working 3 jobs this summer, and the main one is baling hay (for horses and cattle), and my boss and I were talking because I asked him for a bale of hay for my guinea pigs. It's now at the point where my boss wants to be able to package hay for small animal consumption at the cheapest price possible, because a whole bale of hay goes from anywhere from $2.50-$6.75 a bale and he thinks that paying $24 for a small bag of Oxbow is ridiculous (rightfully so, though).

    What I need from you guys is:
    • a way to package that you all prefer (or if you could change something on packaging)
    • about how much hay your herd goes through
    • how you feed the hay to them


    I need all of this so I can help him calculate waste and packaging sizes. Thank you all so much!

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    Re: Opinions Needed for Hay Packaging

    1) Boxes
    2) 6-8 pounds a month
    3) In piles

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    Re: Opinions Needed for Hay Packaging

    Thank you. @bpatters how large is your herd?

    More opinions please, this is like an open poll.

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    Re: Opinions Needed for Hay Packaging

    Three pigs, all sows.

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    Yes

    For pigs, all sows, about 10 pounds a month, and I like it in a box with a bag, then I like to remove the bag and store it in the box. I just like knowing that there's a bag there so it doesn't get rained on.

    Also my pigs like second or third cuttings of hay, they don't like the stiff stuff most often used for horses. Even then most guinea pig owners like to buy Timothy hay or orchard grass, sometimes clover hay. Make sure when you are selling it to specify what types of hay are in the bales.
    And if you were planning to sell online with shipping let us know

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    Re: Opinions Needed for Hay Packaging

    A box would be nice. Makes storage easier. Even when I buy in a bag I end up putting it in a box.

    2 boars, about 6lbs a month.

    Feed through hay sacks and a pile in their kitchen area.

    Where I live 3lbs (1 bag) of good quality hay is about 9 dollars.


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    Re: Opinions Needed for Hay Packaging

    1. Boxed ( keeps much better ).
    2. About 6 lbs a month for 2 boars.
    3. Fed via a large hay rack in kitchen area of cage.

    I currently purchase 2nd cut Timothy hay from small pet select. Price runs at $19.95 for 10 lbs including shipping

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    Re: Opinions Needed for Hay Packaging

    1)The last time I ordered hay online it came in a box with nothing else, so when I opened it hay went everywhere. I'd love having the hay in a bag in a box to keep it fresh and contained.
    2)I'd say we go through 10 pounds a month, but that's a complete estimate. (3 boars)
    3)I usually feed the hay in rack but because everyone's separated right now 1 piggy gets a rack and the others get large bowls (I use fleece and hay is IMPOSSIBLE to get out)


    Opinion only- I wouldn't mind buying 30 pounds at a time, but I think it would also be good to sell smaller amounts such as 5-10 pounds. My pigs also prefer second cutting.

    😊 Hope this helped.

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    Re: Opinions Needed for Hay Packaging

    Meggmegg if you have a feed store close by check into the 50/60lb compressed bale of timothy hay, we have 4 piggies and a bunny and the bunneh is the only one who wastes any. We paid 17.00 for a bale at our local coastal farm and home. They get a handful in their little mangers every couple of days and have only used 1/16th of the bale.
    Also a 5gal bucket and a 40qt tote work well for keeping it and they are relatively easy to move if needed. Just set the bale on a tarp or a sheet and seperate it out to the two containers.

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    Re: Opinions Needed for Hay Packaging

    1) I much prefer hay packaged in boxes. It makes for really easy storage.

    2) I used around 12-15 pounds a month for 6 sows.

    3) I feed it in piles in their litter box areas.

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