Hay: Feeding Small Herbivores

Key Points

  • Hay is the basis for a healthy diet in small herbivores, and should make up a significant proportion of the diet.
  • Hay serves as a source of long-stem fiber.
  • Indigestible or insoluble fiber stimulates gut motility and maintains healthy gut flora.
  • Alfalfa hay is generally recommended for growing small mammals.
  • Most adults benefit from a diet based on grass hays.

Insufficient dietary fiber can turn a happy, healthy rabbit into a HUGE, potentially catastrophic, clinical problem. Read about the basis for a healthy diet in Hay: Feeding Small Herbivores, reviewed by forage extension specialist, S. Ray Smith . . .

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