Yes – A rabbit can eat Timothy hay. It is one of the most popular type of hay among pet rabbits.
What is Timothy hay?
Timothy hay is a type of hay that is green, with a texture that’s firm and coarse. It comes from an annual grass called timothy and has a sweet, nutty flavor. Timothy hay is grass that is grown in the summer and then harvested and dried to preserve it.
What are the health benefits of Timothy hay?
A rabbit’s dental features are very different from that of a human. Rabbits have teeth that grow continuously. They use their teeth to chew their food and then they swallow it. This process grinds down their teeth and keeps them from getting overgrown. So, the extra fiber from the Timothy hay helps keep their teeth short and clean.
Timothy hay is high in fiber and contains nutrients that are essential to maintaining a healthy digestion system. It contains large amounts of calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It is also rich in protein and essential fatty acids. As a result, it acts as a good supplement to the pellets a pet rabbit should eat.
How to prepare Timothy hay
Timothy hay is usually available in bales. These bales need to be prepared for your rabbit before being fed to them. It is important to do this because Timothy hay is not the most digestible hay. To prepare the timothy hay for your rabbit, the following steps should be taken:
- Take the Timothy hay bale and cut it lengthwise with a hay cutter or equivalent. Make sure that the cuts are straight, clean and on the thinner side.
- The bale of hay should then be placed in a bunny basket or hay rack. This is a basket that is placed in the rabbit’s cage. The bunny basket is designed so that the hay will be able to drop out easily but will not be able to be eaten by the rabbit.
- The hay should be left in the bunny basket for one-two days. This allows the hay to become drier and more digestible.
How much Timothy hay to give to a rabbit
Generally speaking, you should feed your rabbit 1/2 – 1 cup of hay per 5 pounds of body weight. However the exact amount of Timothy hay you can give to your rabbit is going to depend on their age and size. Timothy hay shouldn’t make up more than 50% of your rabbit’s diet.
An adult rabbit can have between ½ – 1 cup of hay per 5 pounds of body weight.
Timothy hay shouldn’t be given in large quantities to a rabbit who is under 6 months old and should never be given to a rabbit who is younger than 14 weeks old.
If your bunny is overweight, they should be eating less hay.
How to store Timothy hay?
Timothy hay has a long shelf life, but it loses its nutritional value after about a month. To store it, make sure you keep it in a cool, dry place. Let it air out, as it can mouldy if it gets too damp.
Where can I buy Timothy hay?
Timothy hay can be bought at most pet stores and even at some supermarkets. It can also be purchased online. It’s often sold in small compressed bales or loose and cheap.
As you can see, Timothy hay is easy to prepare and is a great food for rabbits. It’s inexpensive, easy to get, and will provide your rabbit with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
If they don’t eat it within the first day, try mixing the hay with a little bit of their usual food. This should help them get used to the change in diet. You can also try the 3rd cut of Timothy hay which tends to be finer than the 2nd cut.