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General Obsession over hay?

CrazedHoosier

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How much hay do Guinea Pigs typically eat in a day? I use 2 different hays which are Orchard and Timothy, yet they go through both of them in a day! They'll eat the orchard like its a delicacy and then eat the Timothy down to the bottom! Is this normal, or should I be concerned about weight gain?
 

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This is absolutely normal! You should supply all the hay they can eat. Supplement with a variety of the right vegetables, but the main course for your pigs should be hay.

Pigs will never get fat on hay.
 

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When they are leaving hay, you gave them enough.
 

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I feed Orchard and Timothy as well. I'm always amazed at how much two little fuzz balls can eat! In three weeks I will go thorough one 40oz bag and one 15oz bag. When I first got them I had one 15oz bag on hand and I thought I was all set for the month.lol
 

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I did the same, and I was also surprised at what these guys could put away in a day, let alone in a few hrs. That's why I only feed mine unlimited Bluegrass hay. KMS' 25# BG only lasted me about 4.5-5months. This time I bought the honker 45#. Anyway, I hated storing 2 types of hay
 

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Perfectly normal!

My two can eat a LOT of hay. That's why it is good for them to have hay 24/7. Piggies need that much hay to help with their digestive system, wearing of the teeth, ect.
 

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There can never be too much hay!

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I have that same fleece, [MENTION=27327]lunarminx[/MENTION]!
 

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How much hay do Guinea Pigs typically eat in a day?
A LOT. lol They eat quite a bit more than my ~2lb dwarf rabbits. All of a sudden my box of hay I'd been making steady progress on was just gone when I added the guinea pigs.
 

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I've redone my cage and now my piggs have a standing hay rack (bent grids) and a hay pan that they can go in. It's raised so the hay stays clean. I've noticed they eat so much more now. I'd say probably two - three large handfuls now
 

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I've redone my cage and now my piggs have a standing hay rack (bent grids) and a hay pan that they can go in. It's raised so the hay stays clean. I've noticed they eat so much more now. I'd say probably two - three large handfuls now

I'm curious what you mean by "it's raised" ? Can you post a pic of your raised hay pan so I can see what you mean?
 

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I feed Orchard and Timothy as well. I'm always amazed at how much two little fuzz balls can eat! In three weeks I will go thorough one 40oz bag and one 15oz bag. When I first got them I had one 15oz bag on hand and I thought I was all set for the month.lol
Your hay lasts that long?! I get a 57.6 bag and it lasts a little less than two weeks for two pigs!
 

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I mostly have the hay in a bin in the kitchen and they don't spoil that much. By "much" I mean no more than half. :rolleyes: They rather lie on the fleece than in the litter box on the hay pile. Otherwise, I know I would be using more.

I think the bag of hay makes a big difference. Sometimes I'll get a bag that's nice and green and other times there are more pieces and dust. I think that's true of all brands and types.
 

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