Perfect for young, growing herbivores and a great treat for adults. Alfalfa Hay has the highest protein, digestible energy and calcium than any other forage. In addition, it has the fiber content needed for normal digestive functioning. Alfalfa provides the essential calcium necessary for growing bones and is a source of other important minerals including phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, zinc and selenium.
Oxbow's Alfalfa Hay should not be fed to all animals. But if used carefully, in certain situations, it can be a valuable tool in nutritional management. Due to it's succulent taste, Oxbow's Alfalfa Hay can be used as an appetite stimulant when an animal is ill or for post surgical patients. Because it is high in fiber, a small pinch can be given as a treat.
Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas and Prairie Dogs
- Crude Protein (min) 16.0%
- Crude Fat (min) 1.5%
- Crude Fiber (max) 32.0%
- Moisture (max) 15.0%
Growing Animals (Under 6 months of age): Unlimited amounts plus free choice grass hay.
Mature Animals: Occasional small amounts.
Nursing Females: Unlimited amounts in addition to free choice grass hay
Feeding Considerations & Recommendations:
Alfalfa Hay should only be offered carefully to mature rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and prairie dogs due to the higher protein and calcium content. Many vets believe that animals prone to kidney stones, bladder stones or calcium crystals in their urine should always avoid alfalfa. Alfalfa Hay can be used to help animals gain weight and will give a nice shine to their fur. Elderly animals should be fed foods they enjoy, such as alfalfa, when considering quality of life. Alfalfa Hay can be used in small amounts as an appetite stimulant for thin or convalescing animals. Rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas under six months of age can be given Alfalfa Hay daily. After six months of age an animal should begin a gradual transition to 100% grass hay such as Oat Hay, Western Timothy Hay, Orchard Grass Hay or Brome Hay.
How long will this 15 oz. bag last?
Size of pet : Fed for growth (Fed as treat)
- 2 lbs.: 1 month (5 months)
- 5 lbs: 15 days (2 months)
- 7 lbs.: 10 days (7 weeks)