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User is Offline CinnabunMom
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11/17/2012 3:07 AM

I've been thinking a lot lately about the amount I spend on Cinnabun's hay and the quality of it. I've been buying (for over a year now) one bag a week from the pet store. It's your average bag of bunny timothy hay, it costs about 8.00 and is roughly 1.25 lbs. While it smells great and she love to eat it, I do know that it's not the best quality (I'll admit it, it's Kaytee hay, please don't judge me. It's a very small town and I was just thankful I could find any place that sold hay). Now she's perfectly healthy and loves her food, but I recently stumbled upon Small Pet Select boxed timothy hay. It looks great and the price seems reasonable (for 4.5 lbs box, $16.99). But my question is: what size box should I get? She's just one rabbit and it takes her a week to eat about a pound of hay, so what's best for my money? Has anyone out there used this? I know Mocha/Rabbits 101 has, I watched her video. (Mocha: if you see this, how big was that box and how long did it take Mocha and Lulu to go through it?). 

My major concern is that the hay will go bad, but I honestly have no idea how long that takes or even how that happens. Her hay is always kept in a dry area. 


Just something I'm contemplating because money is super tight, so if I could find ways to save on bunny food that would be great. 


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User is Offline mistyowl
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11/17/2012 6:42 AM
I know what you mean hay can be pretty expensive from pet stores. I haven't try that particular hay that you mentioned, but why don't you try buying hay online?
You can get better quality hay for a lot cheaper than the stores. I just bought 10 lbs of hay from Kleenmama hayloft for about $27 dollars (with shipping included to california), if you leave on the on the eats coast I think there are other places online so shipping would be cheaper (I think Farmer Dave hay is on the east coats).
As long as you keep your hay in a dry cool place, it should last for a very long time. So I wouldn't worry about hay going bad (unless you buy tons of hay to last for years )

User is Offline Silly Sungura
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11/17/2012 7:35 AM
Over time your hay will lose some its fresh scent, which would probably make it less appetizing to Cinnabun, but the hay won't go bad unless it's stored where it might get damp, or get mice nesting in it, etc.

I get Hodari's hay from several different places; she likes to have a lot of variety. Recently I bought a 5lb box of American Pet Diner's High Fiber (First Cut) Timothy from Drs Foster and Smith for $13.00, and I am very pleased with it. It is very fragrant and green. I can't say how long it will take for her to finish it because she gets other kinds of hay throughout the day. It's a nice big bale, though.

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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11/17/2012 7:56 AM
APD 2nd cut Timothy Gold is a Chacha favorite, and as Silly Sungura states, is cheap. Chacha has gone through a 9 pound bag of Oxbow Timothy hay in 2 months, and I will need to buy some more because her highness likes it best with her Orchard grass from the feed store. I also had to cut costs (broke student weee) so I understand
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User is Offline mocha200
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11/17/2012 4:50 PM
My bunnies loved the hay. Very fresh and green! It wasn't as thick as they like their hay though so for some odd reason they wouldn't eat it out of their hay rack (bunnies are strange! haha)! I ended up giving my box to some friends because they have tons of bunnies and they don't buy very good hay so I wanted to help them out. I already had enough of my own farm hay anyways.

They sent me a 10lb box for free so I could make the review. My rabbits are BIG hay eaters and would have went through it within a few weeks. I would get the 10lb (it may be the 8lb) and put it in a bin. I would buy this hay if I could not get hay from a local farmer.
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User is Offline bmt87
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11/17/2012 6:34 PM
I haven't tried that type of hay - but as far as storing hay goes and for how long it will keep a while if you store it properly. I keep mine in either the cardboard box it comes in all taped up and dry in our storage closet and then I put it in a rubbermaid container in our house that seals nicely for easy access to use. it lasts for months this way and you shouldn't have to worry about it going bad.
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User is Offline CinnabunMom
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11/18/2012 2:35 AM
Thanks everyone!

Question for Silly S: This 5lb box of hay from Drs Foster and Smith, does it come in bale form cause I literally wouldn't know what to do if it did. #CityGirl. Oh does it come loose in a big box? It's a really great price for so much hay!
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User is Offline Silly Sungura
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11/18/2012 4:21 AM

Yep, it's loose in a large box, and is wrapped in plastic. Here's what it looks like:

 

 

 


User is Offline peppypoo
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11/18/2012 7:56 AM
Don't feel bad about what you're buying...we all do our best and there's no need to be guilty about that . Like everyone said, hay lasts quite a while as long as it's not stored in a damp place...I think it's definitely something you can buy in larger quantities.

Actually, this reminds me that I need to look into some more economical hay solutions myself. Yay student budgets! *high five*
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User is Offline Beka27
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11/18/2012 10:54 AM
I buy 50 pound boxes for my two rabbits. With one rabbit, I'd probably look into getting 25 pounds at a time. Buying in bulk, regardless of what brand and what site is definitely cheaper than individual bags!
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User is Offline CinnabunMom
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11/18/2012 3:16 PM
Thanks again everyone I think I'm definitely going to try the APD Gold from Drs Foster and Smith. Hopefully Cinnabun doesn't think it's odd to be getting new hay.
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User is Offline Lazee
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12/28/2012 5:56 AM
I switched from Oxbow to SmallPetSelect 2 boxes ago and am very pleased with it. It is soft, green and smells so good and if you set up a auto delivery they don't charge shipping. I get 22 lbs for 43$ and my girls eat it all. I have 3 rabbits and 3 guinea pigs. I go thru a box every 5weeks or so but my rabbits have a yard they get out in most days for a couple of hours, weather allowing, so in sunny weather they eat less hay and more grass, plus I have large patches of grass I let grow to cut for them when they are being confined. But back to the SPS hay, if nothing changes with them I am perfectly satisfied the quality beats the heck out of anything else I've used. Storage, I just leave it in the box, stored inside &/or outside in a tub that is protected from rain but not completely air tight. PS: I live in a fairly populated area near DC and no one sells decent hay at at decent price, you must go on line.

User is Offline tanlover14
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12/28/2012 5:25 PM
Hmmm, I'm not sure if this is reasonable for you at all since you only have one bun but I know Oxbow sells Timothy and Orchard Grass is big quantities and will ship to pet stores/livestock stores for you! We have our specially delivered to our pet shop. We pay $61 for the 50 lb of Orchard Grass. They also have a 25 lb. of Orchard Grass/Timothy for $27 AND a 9 lb of both for (if I remember correctly) about $20. I'm only letting you know since you were curious as to how long it would last -- we have had our big box of hay for quite a while (a little over two months) and it's perfectly fine and my picky little rascals eat it! Just a thought!
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User is Offline Lazee
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12/29/2012 9:05 AM

Posted By tanlover14 on 12/28/2012 08:25 PM
...... I know Oxbow sells Timothy and Orchard Grass is big quantities and will ship to pet stores/livestock stores for you! We have our specially delivered to our pet shop. We pay $61 for the 50 lb of Orchard Grass. .....

 

can you tell me where to get Oxbow at those prices your listed, I went to the site and it only sells to businesses, when I ordered it from WAG it cost me $46 for 25lbs.


User is Offline tanlover14
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12/29/2012 9:43 AM
Holy moley! $46 for 25 lbs!

Well, I know the pet store we get it from delivers to our store whenever they get a big enough order to acquire free delivery. I'm thinking maybe you had to pay really high shipping costs or something of the sort?? I would check out different pet stores. Ours was a little community pet store, not a chain. That might be the difference. I know to get it delivered to PetCo and PetSmart was also more expensive to get the big bag delivered because of the delivery fee. I would shop around and see the prices you can get.
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User is Offline tanlover14
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12/29/2012 9:44 AM
What area do you live in? Or close to? I may be able to help! Not address, just close proximity.
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