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If your rabbit is acting abnormally and you have concerns please take them to a vet immediately.
You should store your hay in a dry & dark location to prevent mold, you should leave your hay in a container/plastic bin which prevents moisture from getting to your rabbits food.
Hay can get messy if not stored properly, it can get hard to decide where and how to store hay as we may need to top it up several times a day.
It’s best to store hay in the dark away from the UV rays of the sun to avoid damaging it. You can also store it in dry places with good ventilation, or open containers.
Rabbits have over 17k taste buds and they can be very picky eaters, hay makes up about 80% of a rabbits diet but what do you do when the rabbit is not eating hay, that’s probably because hay does not taste appetizing to your bunny due to spoilage.
Without proper storage, hay can become unappealing and make your rabbit sick so you should store it properly to keep your bunnies food fresh.
Below we provide you with a few tips on how to store rabbit hay. Keep reading to find out how!
There are multiple types of hay out there, each with their own nutritional value. When finding the best hay for your rabbit, we highly recommend trying multiple types of hay whilst avoiding muesli or rabbit mix hay varients.
When it comes to storing hay, you must first make sure that you’re purchasing the best quality product from the start, don’t buy hay that seems wet and moldy and does not smell good.
Make sure that you provide your bunny with good quality hay that is fresh for your rabbits health.
Your Rabbit will require Grass Hays, these include Timothy Hay, Orchard Grass, Brome & Oat Hay. It’s okay to mix these as well as only give one type of hay.
Many pet owners buy hay in bulk thinking that it saves their time and money but the truth is that hay can get stale before you’ve even had the chance to feed all of the hay to your bunny.
The longer you keep the hay, the more nutrients it loses. It’s best to buy small amounts of hay so that you can feed fresh hay to your rabbit.
Mold and bacteria that can harm your rabbit will grow on hay that has no preservatives when their moisture levels are above 14 – 15%. Unfortunately, this only further accelerates mold growth as it produces heat as well.
Storing hay in a dry place will prevent it from locking in moisture and growing mold on your rabbit food.
It will also save your hay from getting wasted. You should store the rabbit hay in a plastic bin or place like a closet that will protect it from moisture and wetness.
We like to use two types of tubs for storing hay, one tub contains toilet pellets and the other hay.
Storing your rabbit hay in the dark can prevent the hay from losing nutrients and becoming bleached by the sun. If the hay is exposed to the sun, it will lose its value and all the nutrients that are important for your rabbit. The sun rays can cause discoloration to your hay making it less appealing for your bunny.
Keeping the hay sealed tightly in a lot of humidity can cause damage because of no ventilation. Hay contains natural moisture and preventing air from getting to it results in the development of mold and inedible food.
Like normal days, you cannot store hay outdoors. You can store hay under a cover, as the dew and snow can cause the hay to rot. The sunshine can keep the hay dry so you should dry the rabbit hay first and then store it in a closed place with a roof/covering.
Keep in mind that some amount of every large bail turns stale when stored outside whether it’s twined or not, it depends upon how much rain or snow falls during the storage period and then the kind of soil the hay is stored upon and the amount of space that is between the rabbit hay.
I hope our tips on how to store rabbit hay helps you protect your rabbit’s food for a longer period!
Link is an incredibly spoilt rabbit who lives completely free roam. When he's not jumping on his owners heads at 5am or digging at carpet he can often be seen loafed or eating copious amounts of hay.