Dumb question? Regarding hay

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Brittany Dodge, Aug 11, 2020.

  1. Brittany Dodge

    Brittany Dodge New Member

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    Aug 10, 2020
    Ohio
    Can goats eat small animal hay?
     
  2. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    Do you mean the compressed bales like a tsc? What is the mix?
     

  3. Brittany Dodge

    Brittany Dodge New Member

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    Aug 10, 2020
    Ohio
    No, like hay from tsc that is for rabbits? See pic
     
  4. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    There is no pic. ;).

    They might eat it but maybe not. Mine do not like the short of the rabbit stuff. I have fed that in a pinch and most was just wasted. Same goes for the compressed bales... too much dust. Even the rabbits do not like it here.
     
  5. Goatzrule

    Goatzrule Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    New England
    I dont see why not but I would worry that the smaller pieces could cause them to choke
     
  6. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    if its simple grass hay there is no reason they couldn't eat it but it would not be cost effective.
     
  7. Brittany Dodge

    Brittany Dodge New Member

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    Aug 10, 2020
    Ohio
    Sorry about that, thought the pic uploaded. New this lol ‍♀️
     
  8. Brittany Dodge

    Brittany Dodge New Member

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    Aug 10, 2020
    Ohio
    At this point I’m just trying to find something they will eat in preparation for winter. I’ve tried two different alfalfa mixes and they won’t touch it
     
  9. Brittany Dodge

    Brittany Dodge New Member

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    Aug 10, 2020
    Ohio
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  10. Nigerian dwarf goat

    Nigerian dwarf goat Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Texas
    Is this just a one time thing? If so, yes.

    But if you are planning on doing this all the time, you will just be wasting money
     
  11. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Great advice already, but I will say that my does love a little treat of that kind of hay we buy for my sister's guinea pig. They love it and lick up every last bit of it. Basically I'm just saying it wouldn't hurt them to eat it, but it sure would be expensive to feed a goat on. Goats also need long stem forage and sometimes those bags have pretty small pieces.
     
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  12. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    You need to find farmers in your area that sell hay. Buying directly from the hay farmer is the cheapest.
     
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  13. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Depends on how long the stems are.

    Too short and chopped is not good.

    Plus, why feed small animal hay? They go through a lot, you’d be buying a ton of those small bags!!
     
  14. 21goaties

    21goaties Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2018
    Southern GA
    :up:

    But to answer your question, yes they can eat it. From your other post I see that you have two goats right?