I'm planning on making a trip to the pet supply shop tomorrow first thing to stock up on more hay, I was just looking for some feedback on the pros and cons of feeding my boys grass instead of hay for the past few day!
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I'm not an expert, but a think a few days of grass instead of hay won't hurt them. But I wouldn't cut hay out completely. Most lawn grasses are probably too soft to wear the molars down. Corn husks and wheat grass would probably be better options.
(My boys always got cross when there wasn't enough growth to have fresh grass in the winter. Or it was too cold or wet for me to bother. Stink eye abounded when they got 'lettuce again.')
It's the silica content of grass and hay that keeps the molars ground down.
- Supporter in '12
Of course, we're talking tall grass for the most part, not lawn grass.
I topped them up with about the same amount of grass as I would have given them hay, and they always ate every single blade (not the stemmy bits, though).
I started slow in the spring with just a few handfuls a day, what with new grass being richer than older grass. And then as the grass got taller, I gave more and more.
Others may not have the same experience, though, as we have an acreage and I was "harvesting" every day from over near the barn... (we don't have any livestock, just some ravens, pigeons, blackbirds, and swallows that live in the barn; I was careful not to give them anything that had animal waste on it)
When you think about it, grass is just REALLY fresh hay. Timothy hay is grass hay, after all, and orchard hay is also grass hay.
Young oats are sugary too. If you ever grow some, after it is a foot tall or so, try chewing on the stem (quite sugary).
Fresh blades of established grass are not as sugary. You can tell this yourself by chewing on the grass.