First Cut Hay, Second Cut Hay, Third Cut Hay? WHAT??

In a previous post, we talked about two important types of hay. This time, let’s talk about different cuts!

Did you know that not only are there different types of hay but that there are also different cuts?

We hear you getting all concerned and confused. Rest assured, we’re gonna make this easy for you to understand.

People who grow hay cut that hay at different times of the year (typically three or four times). After that third or fourth time, the colder months come and the hay is left alone. Come spring time, we get our “first cut”.

That first cut is gonna be different than the second or third cuts. That first cut is going to contain some of last year’s cut too. it’s going to be longer or “older”.

First cuts of timothy are coarser (some rabbits don’t like that), they contain less moisture which make them easier to dry and keep dry. 

The nutritional make-up of a first cut is high in fiber and low in protein and carbs (starch). If you know for a fact that the hay you’re feeding your rabbit is first cut, feel free to add more pellets to your bunny’s diet.

Not every supplier is gonna be able to tell you what cut the product is. Oxbow, for instance, doesn’t specify on the bag what cut the hay is. Doesn’t really matter though because they’re generally going to be selling you a mix of second and third cut. Even if there’s a little bit of that first cut in the mix, it’s alright. Not the end of the world.

Second cut is high in protein and carbs. Even more so for the third cut.

Keep in mind that a healthy adult rabbit does not need rich feed, especially if you are offering pellets as well.

When you can, buy directly from the grower. The hay will be fresher, you’re rabbit will be happier, and you’ll know the cut.

Also, buy a plastic bin and lid so you can keep the hay fresh.

P.S. If you’re not near a grower of hay, Oxbow does a fine job. We sell Oxbow from the SHOP page. Each purchase you make of hay or whatever from that page gives us a percentage of that sale. It helps us care for the rabbits!

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Top 4 Products For A Clean Rabbit House

Rabbits are adorable and messy. And if you have one that has free reign of the house, all bets are off! Keeping your living space clean is a daily task (but we do it ‘cause we love ‘em, right?!)

Let’s see how we can help you out!

There are a few things that we do that really help and that we recommend for all owners who are looking for a cleaner abode.

1. White Vinegar

Vinegar is not only excellent for cleaning really anything on the cheap, it’s highly recommended for rabbit owners to use when cleaning up after their rabbits.

Many chemicals are toxic to the rabbit and those that are marketed as “safe” aren’t entirely and aren’t as inexpensive as vinegar.

Simply make a solution of half water and half white vinegar and what you have is a cleaner that is both friendly on the rabbit and friendly on the surface in question!

It’s especially good for deep cleaning the bunny’s litter box!

2. Rubber Broom

Our PR director use to work at a beauty college. The amount of hair that had to be taken care of was, as you can imagine, pretty staggering. 

At first, they used regular brooms with regular straw (or similar) bristles that may have swept the hair up haphazardly, but it flung it every which way (and when it comes to animal hair, the slightest of breeze will wisp away your nice collected pile).

Once they started using a rubber broom specifically designed to take care of hair, the difference was night and day. No hassle, no stress, no broom that slowly lost bristles from constantly being tugged on (or worse, bristles that fell off during the sweeping!)

3. Lint Roller

When out of the house or on-the-go with your rabbit, lint rollers are exactly what you need. Clothes and interior car surfaces come to mind. Think surfaces that are bumpy, rigid, uneven, etc. A rubber broom is not going to get every nook and cranny (and why would you use a rubber broom on a shirt?)

4. Vacuum

No, not the one you currently have that you push and pull around. This one is a handheld vacuum that you can, like a lint roller, bring on the go.

Except the great things about handheld vacuums is that they tend to be cordless and they can be used on any surface.

They’re not inexpensive per se, but if you have the coin, we do recommend picking one up. It will save you some headache.

These items can be found on our SHOP page. Yes, we do get a percentage of the sales. It’s one of our ways of keeping the bunnies happy and healthy!

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The 2 Most Important Types Of Hay For Rabbits

We know the feeling. We’ve all been there. You got yourself or your family a new rabbit, total excitement, total confusion. Especially when it comes to what they eat. 

So where to start?

Let’s talk about the most important food item. If given improperly, it could lead to the rabbit passing away. So please read on.

The best place to start with is the hay. It’s going to make up 80% of their diets and should be readily available for them in infinite quantities both inside and outside of the litter box (we’ll get to that later).

Hay is important for different reasons. The main one beingthat bunnies have digestive systems that are complex. They need to be able to eat hay throughout the day to keep their digestive tracts functioning properly on the inside and to help prevent blockages, which could lead to death.

They cannot vomit out what their bodies don’t agree with like cats or dogs so making sure that what they eat is what they’re suppose to be eating.

There are different types of hays with various nutritional make-ups and different tastes, different scents.

It’s best to give the younger/pregnant/nursing ones alfalfa hay and timothy hay to every other bunny. Bunnies who need alfalfa instead of timothy need it because they have different calcium requirements.

Alfalfa hay is higher in protein and calcium yet lower in fiber than timothy. Timothy is a great hay because of how much fiber is in it.

Alfalfa hay being high in its calcium content, when fed in conjunction with pellets that are also high in calcium could lead to dangerously high levels of calcium in the rabbit. 

Feel free to experiment and shake up the types of hay that you’re feeding your rabbit so that there’s some variation in their diets.

As far as the brand, we’ve used various providers for various types. Our Timothy and Alfalfa hay comes from Oxbow who we’ve used for over twenty years and have never had an issue with. 

We use other brands as well for other exotic types of hay so by no means do you have to stick with just Oxbow. See what works best for you.

You can purchase Oxbow hay through us on our SHOP page (which supports our rescue through funding).