Timothy Hay Rabbit Food
Timothy Hay Rabbit Food is a fast growing type of grass with a short lifespan. Timothy grass has shallow roots, which grow to about 4 feet deep, and whose crown is bulb shaped and is known as a corm. The plant produces basal leaves and the larger stem, which measures between 20 and 40 inches
Oxbow Western Timothy Hay Rabbit Food
Oxbow Timothy Hay is a fast growing type of grass with a short lifespan. Timothy grass has shallow roots, which grow to about 4 feet deep, and whose crown is bulb shaped and is known as a corm.
The plant produces basal leaves and the larger stem, which measures between 20 and 40 inches and at the top of the stem, is the seed head. The leaves are usually green and measure 3 to 6 inches in length.
What are its benefits Timothy Hay Rabbit Food?
- Includes high-fiber, low-protein and low-calcium content
- Helps keep the gastrointestinal tract of rabbits functioning properly
- Preservative and additive free
- Loose hay contains stems, leaves, and limited seed heads.
The good thing about Oxbow Timothy Hay is that it grows rapidly and quickly adapts especially in cool and moist atmosphere, and it grows very fast in poorly drained soil. Another factor is that it is very tolerant of toxins such as acids in the soil and can withstand flooding. In fact it does very well in waterlogged soil, where if planted it blossoms rapidly. The soils that best support Timothy Hay include clay, sandy and tilt soils.
The features of Timothy Grass include;
- Relatively short roots which enable it to grow and do well in waterlogged soils
- It’s resilient, which allows it to mature and withstand winter and a lot of insects
- Fast seed development makes it stand quite rapidly
The rapid development of Timothy Hay and its resilient nature make it perfect for hay production. It is used mostly for the production of hay for horses, so it is best suited for a person who owns horses or is interested in owning them, or a person who wishes to use a section of their land to plant it. Anyone who owns cattle, rabbits, guinea pigs or chinchilla would find it most useful because all these animals consume it as a staple rabbit food.
The advantages of Timothy Grass include;
- Resilience to bad weather and toxic soils
- Fast growth
- Rapid seed development and stand
- Minimum soil nutrients requirement
The downside growing your own Timothy Grass;
- It has a shallow root which means that in times of draught the plant would not survive
- It has a very small seed which cannot be easily distributed when using normal drills
- The top part is very delicate and if damaged during the two week period then the plant could suffer great damage in the following season
Anyone can have and use this type of Timothy grass, either at home or in other places, provided you have a type of animal that consumes it or you wish to use the hay as rabbit bedding for your pet bunny. Either way, the grass is rich in fiber and therefore provides high nutrition for horses and cattle alike. It is also quite easy to grow or purchase.
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