Are you struggling with where to store your hay? Not only can hay be very messy but if you don’t store your hay properly, it can become unappealing for your bunnies, and if left in the wrong place it can also make your pet sick.
You will want to make sure your hay is easy to access as you will be topping it up several times a day, but you also need to ensure it is kept somewhere dry and dark.
As hay makes up 80% of a rabbit’s diet it is important that you store it in the correct way. And if your rabbit has stopped eating their hay then it may be down to spoilage.
Keep reading to find out how to keep your furry friend’s food fresh…
Buying the correct hay
It’s great to store your hay in the right place but there isn’t much point if you have low quality hay. You need to ensure that you are providing your pet with the best hay, this way it will have less chance of going bad.
Stay clear of hay that is old, wet, mouldy or that smells bad.
We sell a variety of different hays like sweet smelling Timothy hay, soft Meadow hay and stalky Rye Grass hay. You can also order a sample pack from us so that you can see which hay is your bunny’s favourite.
Places to store hay
It is paramount that you are storing hay in a dry area as harmful mould and bacteria can grow on hay when moisture levels are above 14%. So, by storing hay in a dry place you will prevent it from locking in any moisture and growing mould.
You also want to make sure that you don’t seal whatever container you choose to store your hay in. By preventing air from getting to it you are also risking development of mould.
Storing your rabbit hay in the dark can prevent it from losing nutrients and being bleached by the sun. If hay is exposed to sunlight, it will lose the nutrients that are important for your bunny. Sun rays can also cause discolouration to hay, and this means it is less appealing to your pets.
Now that you know where not to store hay let’s talk about the best places that you can leave it.
The best location to store hay is indoors, out of direct sunlight and in a cool area. But if you must store it outside then invest in a waterproof tarp to cover it. You should also elevate it, so you can place it on top of a pile of bricks or something similar.
When it comes to containers, you just want to make sure that it’s in something that has enough airflow. We recommend cardboard boxes or plastic containers with holes drilled in the sides. Laundry hampers are also known to work well if you’re keeping your hay indoors.
How to store hay in winter
Methods of storing your pets hay slightly change depending on the season. Winter is a cold and damp time and snow can cause the hay to rot so it’s best to store hay indoors. If this isn’t possible then you need to store hay under a cover.
If you’re buying high quality hay for your bunny, then you need to make sure it is being stored correctly. Remember to store it in a dry and dark area with ventilation. And if you’re pet has stopped eating their hay it might be because it has gone back due to the way it was stored.
Find out more
There’s a lot more to learn about rabbits so keep an eye out for more advice, how to’s and fact files on rabbit care.
- How to take care of your rabbit
- What can rabbits eat?
- How to litter train a rabbit
- How to keep rabbits warm in the winter