Where do you find quality hay?
An adult rabbit needs a quality grass hay always available. Grass hays include timothy,
orchard grass, bermuda grass, and others. You can find grass hays in pet stores, from horse
farms or feed stores, at vet offices who specialize in bunnies, or online from pet hay suppliers.
The trick is to find a good hay. Look for a green, fragrant hay. Most rabbits like soft kinds best, but having a mix of stalks and soft parts is great for providing the different kinds of bulk
fiber that are good for teeth and digestive systems. Don’t buy hay that is all brown, dusty, has
visible mold, or smells moldy. Dusty/moldy hay is dangerous for a bunny!
The most important part of a good hay is one that your bunny will eat. If you find a huge bale of
timothy for $4 and bunny loves it, great! But if bunny won’t eat it, it just won’t do her any good.
Picky bunnies often love Oxbow Hay brand, which can be found in some pet and feed stores,
online pet suppliers, and at Oxbow Animal Health. If you can’t find it locally, ask your pet supply
store to order it for you or to start carrying it! Small Pet Select hay can be found at www.smallpetselect.com.
What about alfalfa hay?
Alfalfa hay is high in protein and minerals like calcium, which can be too rich for your bunny to eat all the time, causing health problems like obesity and bladder stones. Alfalfa is great for a baby or growing bunny (up to 1 year old and begin decreasing amount at 7 months while introducing grass hays), but an adult bunny usually needs a grass hay like timothy, or a mixed grass hay that is mostly timothy but might have some alfalfa in it. Most bunnies do like the taste of alfalfa better, so you might tempt a picky bunny with it first and then switch him to timothy by mixing the hays together for a while.