Oxbow Oat Hay Review
This is a great quality hay from Oxbow that is hearty and crunchy. Everything about it is good, how it looks and smells and guinea pigs will love eating it. Oat hay in general is high in fibre and it provides a different one to mix in with others. There are some lovely husks and thick stems, which is typical of this hay and is mostly green and yellow. Yes it’s slightly more expensive, but it’s worth what it costs. As it’s a small pack, just use a little each time. This is the only sized pack Oxbow do unfortunately, which is a bit of a downside, but it’s great to have this as a hay to choose.
I’ve mentioned about how good the smell is, but that is the case for all the hays Oxbow do. You know that your guinea pigs are going to get high quality every time. The smell is like your in a field full of wheat. The fantastic thing they do is personally pick out the best hay to put into the bags. I do chop it up with scissors, when I am using it, because of the long stems. Just in case the piggies don’t poke their eyes out.
Every packet I have had, has never really had any stones or hard twigs inside. It’s something that you need to keep an eye out with hays. With other brands of hay, I have had this, maybe this can’t be helped for whatever their reason, when it’s picked. As Oxbow do pick the best hay out to put in a bag and they are smaller packets, you find that there are no other objects inside. Sometimes you can place the hay in their home and not realise and they may injure themselves.
Please take a look at the other oxbow hay I reviewed.
Crude Fibre: 32%
Crude Protein: 7%
Crude Fat: 1.5%
So with these values, is what we are looking for in the right hay to feed guinea pigs. A low fat and protein percentage and high fibre. It’s a hay that has good moisture content. You can feed this every day if you wanted to, because it’s said to be also low in calcium.
Overall a really nice product that will keep your guinea pig healthy. I do recommend because of the price and mainly size, to buy occasionally and then buy a bigger and cheaper bag of oat hay, so it lasts longer. I can tell you with four guinea pigs, this hay would be too expensive to use all the time. I am a big fan of oxbow hays, just because they sell premium products. The packaging looks nice and the hay inside is lovely.
They provide some interesting and useful information about the hay on the back of each packet and they are easy to open and close. It has a helpful seal, that keeps all the hay in. Now because of the weather where the hay is grown, it may not always look the same as the time you purchased before, but don’t worry, the quality is still to the same high standard. This will not make them sneeze as it does not include a lot of hay dust and much more of the stems.
Quality: 10 out of 10
Smell: 10 out of 10
Nutritional Value: 10 out of 10
Cost: 7 out of 10
Overall: 9 out of 10
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