Orchard Grass Hay

Animals love the sweet smell and taste of leafy Oxbow Orchard Grass Hay, and that makes it a good addition to an herbivore’s healthy meal plan. Like other long-strand grass hays, the soft-textured Orchard Grass Hay is high in fiber, low in protein and supports the health of small herbivores by stimulating digestion, preventing obesity and making mealtime more appealing. Mix Orchard Grass Hay with other Oxbow grass hays to create a sweet and nutritious combination. Sizes: 15 oz, 40 oz, 9 lb, 25 lb, 50 lb.

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100% Orchard Grass Preservative and Additive Free. Loose hay contains stems, leaves, and limited seed heads.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein min 7.00%
  • Crude Fat min 1.50%
  • Crude Fiber max 32.00%
  • Moisture max 15.00%

Feeding Directions

Growing Animals: Unlimited amounts
Mature Animals: Unlimited amounts

Orchard Grass can be fed free choice to rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, prairie dogs and other herbivores as an alternative to timothy, oat hay, and brome. Free-choice means that the feed is available at all times. If they finish what is given, you need to give them more! Hay should not only be used for nutritional purposes, but also for mental stimulation and the promotion of natural foraging behavior.

Try feeding hay in new and inventive ways to increase consumption.

  • Rabbits like to eat hay in their litter box.
  • Fill a cardboard tube, basket or animal-safe toy with hay and place it in your pet’s favorite spot.
  • Put a layer of hay on the bottom of the cage and hide food/treats in the hay for foraging.
  • Put hay everywhere: the hutch, the corner, behind the couch, etc...
  • Offer a variety of mixed hays to tempt animals with sophisticated tastes.

How much do I feed daily?

It should be fed free choice daily. That means the hay should be available at all times. 75% of a small herbivore’s diet should be hay.

Orchard Grass is a green, fruity-smelling grass hay which many small animals enjoy. To the untrained eye, it looks identical to timothy grass, but the seed heads have a different shape.

Orchard Grass is a perennial cool season grass with flat leaf blades. The leaves vary in color from green to bluish-green depending on the maturity of the plant. The lower surface of the leaf is not shiny; and leaf sheaths can be somewhat rougher to the touch than timothy.

Orchard Grass is recommended by veterinarians for small herbivores due to the nutritional content. Orchard Grass can be mixed with other grass hays when feeding your pet. This is encouraged because animals seem to like the variety. Mixing your grasses will encourage them to eat more hay, which is beneficial to the health of the animal.

Hay is absolutely vital to the health of small herbivores. Orchard Grass also provides a long-strand fiber source that is needed to improve the digestive and intestinal functions by stimulating the digestive system. When animals are fed free-choice hay, it promotes their natural chewing behavior, which helps prevent molar spurs and other dental problems that are so common in these small herbivores.

“Our hospital has a rescue rabbit who loves Oxbow pelleted food and a variety of hay (Timothy, Orchard, etc.) We recommend Oxbow for all our small mammal friends.”
Dr. Elisabeth Baird
Country Oaks Animal Hospital and Kennel, Inc. – Palm Harbor, FL USA

5.00 out of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
  1. LenaOctober 28, 2013
    partially paralyzed bunny loves it!
    Rating 5 out of 5
    Due to an accident, my bunny is currently partially paralyzed in her legs and will eventually be able to use them again, though due to the shock of the accident and pain she is in, she wont eat her usual timothy hay from oxbow. Luckily she will and loves eating this orchard grass hay which I noticed is softer and easier for her to eat. even after she gets better I will continue to give her this hay also in combo with her timothy hay as she loves it very much!
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  2. AmandaJanuary 12, 2014
    Rating 5 out of 5
    It's really nice and soft and my guinea pig loves it! It smells really good as well, and she eats more of it than she does other hays so I know she's getting enough fiber.
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  3. TracyJuly 9, 2013
    Good for guinea pigs, good for us.
    Rating 5 out of 5
    I've been feeding my guinea pigs Oxbow products for a while, but when I got married my husband had a slight allergy to the typical timothy hay. The Orchard Grass hay is less dusty and my husband doesn't react to it as much (although he still has a little bit of a reaction). Also, the guinea pigs love it! They dive right in the instant I put it in their cage - after they're done popcorning for joy, that is. And, unlike other brands, I have never found a bag of Oxbow that is moldy or has compressed mice in it (yes, that has happened to me with other brands). Thanks, Oxbow, for a quality product!
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