Free Choice Local Grass Hay?

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  1. regandmeg

    regandmeg New Member

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    May 6, 2016
    Hello,
    I have three Nigerian Dwarf does that are eight months old and they are getting fat. By fat I don't mean big bellies, they are chunky. Right now, besides free choice minerals, they are only getting local grass hay. I don't restrict it but I am starting to wonder if I should. They are kept in a barn and have access to a small field but there is very little grass.
    My question is, should I try to find lower quality grass hay or just restrict how much they get?
    Thanks!
    P.S. I will try to get photos and weight on them tonight.
     
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  2. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Photos would be helpful, where are you seeing the "chunkiness?"
     
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  3. regandmeg

    regandmeg New Member

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    May 6, 2016
    Neck, back legs, over their ribs. Basically they look very well conditioned ;)

    They are fluffy right now due to it being winter but besides the hair and hay bellies that they get, their bodies are pretty chunky.

    I will take photos tonight when I do chores and upload them.
     
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  4. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nigerian Dwarfs are usually easy keepers. I wouldn't restrict their hay much. If you want to mix in a lower quality hay, you could try it. But they may not like it and refuse to eat it.
     
  5. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    You can also try to increase their exercise. Add a hay rack on the far side of their field and only offer hay there on fair-weather days. Or other options that get them walking as far as possible! Climbing/jumping structures as well.
     
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  6. regandmeg

    regandmeg New Member

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    May 6, 2016
    I tried attaching photos. I’m not sure if it worked.
     

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  7. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Yes, it does look like some of them are becoming flat tables on the back!

    Do you have anywhere you can walk them a few times per week outside of their own? Not sure if you have some acreage or a neighbor's woods without roaming dogs.
     
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