Where do you get your hay from? Our local petstore sells the same stuff, just in larger bags. We want something more nutritious at a nice price for our pigs. They go through a ton of it so we're thinking a 45lb bag would be great for us.
So, I was looking at the Kleenmama's Hayloft site. Has anyone used this site? I am assuming so since it's a link off Guinea Lynx. What is the shipping like?
What do you buy, 1st cut, 2nd cut, 3rd cut? I'm confused on that bit.
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If you do a search for Kleenmama, you'll find a ton of threads on how wonderful we all consider this hay.
Go to www.kmshayloft.com and see how much it will be to be shipped to you. For me, in California, the total works out at about $1/lb - weigh cheaper than I can buy packaged hay here.
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The cost, averaged in is worth the shipping. I buy the 45 pound boxes. I just got mine yesterday, the last time I bought was the beginning of November.
We go through hay.
The biggest challenge is watching the lump of money leave the first time, instead of smaller (but more in the end) lumps every week. Once you wrap your mind around it - its not so startling.
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Even in MA, with all of the shipping costs, Kleenmama's hay is cheaper by the pound than to buy Oxbow in the bag. Even from the feed shop. You may also want to look at Sweet Meadow Hay. Their hay is not consistently as fantastic as Kleenmama's, but if you order it directly from them, in bulk, it's a bit cheaper. You can look up their web site. I've had some good Timothy and orchard grass from them.
I hated having to go and buy those small, expensive bags of crappy hay (and yes, alot would go to waste). I only have two pigs, yet ordered enough hay this time from kleenmama to get us through the summer.
It is much cheaper for me in the long run, plus my boys would never forgive me if I didn't provide them a big ol' fluffy pile of km's hay every day.
People have had their roundbales (300lbs at least) stolen right out of their fields.
I got 3rd cut Timothy and KM helpfully gave me some bluegrass to try on my boys. They like Timothy and refuse the bluegrass! I'd buy small quantites of each kind and see what yours like.
Be prepared for some yelling when you oppen the box. My boys are SO EXCITED when the new box arrives and I cut it oppen for the first time!