Where People & Piggies Thrive

Newbie or Guinea Guru? Popcorn in!

Register for free to enjoy the full benefits.
Find out more about the NEW, drastically improved site and forum!

Register

Oh no! moldy hay

bunnyluv17

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Jul 1, 2004
Posts
479
Joined
Jul 1, 2004
Messages
479
I bought some hay at a local farm about a month ago. It was not moldy when I got it. I filled three plastic tubs and one yard bag with it. One tub I kept in the house and the others I kept in the garage. They were in a dark, dry place. My rabbit does not care for the hay so I was going to donate the hay in the garage to the shelter. When I opened the bag and the tubs the hay was damp and moldy, ewww! I checked the hay in the house, but it isn't moldy at all. Why did the hay in the garage get moldy, and how can I prevent it in the future?
 

mncavylover

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Jun 11, 2004
Posts
3,127
Joined
Jun 11, 2004
Messages
3,127
The hay in the garage was exposed to more moisture. You must store the hay in cardboard boxes or something breatheable. That's why it molded. I'm sorry that the donation did not work out.
 

Erin8607

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
May 18, 2004
Posts
81
Joined
May 18, 2004
Messages
81
Hay has a moisture content to it even though it seems dry to us. When you close it up in plastic containers, it will sweat and mold very easily and quickly.

I keep my hay in our garage in open cardboard boxes. Our garage is attached to the house and we're in and out all the time - the hay stays fresh for quite a long time.
 

loves2travel

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Jul 28, 2004
Posts
2,170
Joined
Jul 28, 2004
Messages
2,170
in onve visit to the store, could i buy four months supply of hay? will it stay fresh?
 

NoVeil

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
May 13, 2004
Posts
329
Joined
May 13, 2004
Messages
329
If stored properly, hay will last an incredibly long time. I just bought 2 bales of hay yesterday. My last order of hay came in August, it is now October and I am almost out. I think the 2 bales will last me at least 4 months. I have it in cardboard boxes and then I keep about 3 flakes inside the house in a sterlite container.
 

Piglet

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Apr 10, 2004
Posts
5,038
Joined
Apr 10, 2004
Messages
5,038
Its just important that its not kept in plastic bags where it can sweat. (doesn't that sound weird?) Also, make sure its of the floor.
 
Status
This thread has been closed due to inactivity. You can create a new thread to discuss this topic.

Similar threads

A
Replies
3
Views
1K
MyPigs=MyLife
MyPigs=MyLife
gpihgos
Replies
12
Views
1K
gpihgos
gpihgos
Top