Alfalfa cubes....

Discussion in 'Mini Mania' started by rjfoster03, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. rjfoster03

    rjfoster03 Member

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    May 29, 2010
    Wanted to ask if anyone feeds alfalfa cubes (like sold at TSC) to their minis as treats. I have two little girls and wanted to know if this is a good supplement / treat / something to be avoided all together.
     
  2. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I have in the past...but as a supplement to the grass hay they were getting. The cubes are hard and too big for them so I had to break them up into pieces and filled feed pans with them.
    For treats I give mine the Dumor horse treats...I break them into 3rds and mine particularly like the oatmeal raisin even though I have given them the carrot flavored and the molasses.
     

  3. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    broken up that would be ok but they are to big for the minis to eat whole
     
  4. pelicanacresMN

    pelicanacresMN New Member

    I agree...it's pretty much a pain imo. I had to take a hammer & break them into little pieces otherwise my nigerians wouldn't even touch them. You might be better off just buying a bale of alfalfa hay & giving them a handful as a treat once in a while.
     
  5. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    or alfalfa pellets work too ;)
     
  6. PznIvyFarm

    PznIvyFarm New Member

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    Jul 25, 2010
    I've used the cubes with my minis when i couldn't get alfalfa hay, and i plan to use them this winter to extend the hay i've bought, b/c i don't think it will last otherwise.

    I've done the breaking up part, and it's fine if you want to use it as treats, b/c its just a bit at a time. When i've wanted to feed them the cubes as a 'meal' i put them in a single layer in a pan, and cover with water - in winter, warm water is appreciated - and let them soak for a bit (10-15 minutes maybe? I don't usually time it b/c i feed the other animals and come back to it later) then you can either give it right to them or break it up yourself first.

    I tried the pellets, and mine weren't really fond of them, i had to mix with other grain, and they tried to sort thru and dumped stuff everywhere.
     
  7. rjfoster03

    rjfoster03 Member

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    May 29, 2010
    The breaking of the cubes is the fun part. They girls seem to enjoy the chewing of the smaller pieces.
     
  8. Mon Reve Farm

    Mon Reve Farm New Member

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    Jun 25, 2010
    Southern DE
    We don't use the cubes like everyone has said they are too hard. So we have various types of horse treats especially the smaller sized ones (nuggets). Ours prefer carrot or molasses flavored. Since we have our two mares I pick up a few bags of horse treats once a month at TSC.

    Sometimes I will use the alfalfa pellets as part of their once a week breakfast. As I mentioned in another thread with the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds plus some organic kelp supplement. The combination depends on how they look.