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Hay Mini compressed bale

rottiemominde

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Cavy Slave
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Hello,

I've been shopping around to compare prices and found these mini compressed hay bales by Pine Hill Farms at my local Southern States store. Now I've got it home and have a problem...how do you break nice size pieces off to give the piggies? I tried a letter opener to pry some off, then a grilling fork....need to use my gardening gloves to pull some off, but this is taking longer than hoped. Any ideas? It's lovely, fresh hay but I would prefer at least a little more convenience :eek:

Thanks!
 
I use boxed hay but just wanted to mention that if your guinea pigs are over 6 months, they should be fed the timothy bales and not the alfalfa ones. Both are available in compressed bales. You might want to try using pruning shears or a small hand saw outdoors so you don't have a big mess in the house. I buy hay in bulk and divide it up in my garage so I don't have loose hay all over.
 
I just go to a pet store and buy it in the plastic bag, so it has a nice amount of hay, but is really easy to get out!:)
 
Thanks Pinky! Didn't think about the pruning shears. Will try that tomorrow morning!
 
I just go to a pet store and buy it in the plastic bag, so it has a nice amount of hay, but is really easy to get out!:)

Does the Pet Store only sell hay loose? Or do you ask to take it out of the bag and put it into a plastic bag or something? Haha.
 
Does the Pet Store only sell hay loose? Or do you ask to take it out of the bag and put it into a plastic bag or something? Haha.

I buy Oxbow hay from the petstore. It comes in a plastic bag... you just grab it off of the shelf and go:). It's quite expensive (about $15 for a 64 oz bag), but it's my only option and it's convenient.
 
I buy compressed hay bales too, 50 lbs bale for 25$! What I do is put it in a container in my garage (so no creepy crawlies can get into it), and break off large chunks for the pigs. I put the large chunks in a bag and keep that bag in the pig room so I can more easily break of pieces and give it to them. This is SO much better than buying from the petstore, the bale lasts for a LONG time and the hay is fragrant and fresh!
 
Piggypuppylove, that is awfully expensive hay. You're paying nearly $4 a pound for yours. I get a 45 pound bale from Kleenmama for about $60-$65, depending on shipping at the time, which amounts to roughly $1.50 per pound.
 
Thats what I ment, but I didn't say it very well. I just grabe the bag off the shelf, but it's not compressed!:)
 
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