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Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:03 pm

Hi, I am planning to get a pet rabbit in the future and have already bought Timothy hay for it. In the meantime, will my mice like Timothy hay for anything? Like nesting material or would it even be ok for them to eat? Just curious, thanks!

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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by Bthny on Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:21 am

They don't eat it, but my girls love chewing on hay. I usually give it as a toy by stuffing it into a tp tube 1-2 times a week.
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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by scaredymouse on Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:09 am

yep, mice like it. they will chew on it and sometimes put it in their nest.

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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by olimarthemouse on Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:28 am

I think someone told me mice shouldn't have timothy hay, so I've avoided it all this time. If they can have it, I'll buy some in the future.
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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by scaredymouse on Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:39 am

It's safe. The only thing that you have to be alert to is that timothy hay sometimes carries mites. If your mice have been treated with ivermectin, it probably doesn't matter at all. If they haven't been treated, just watch for scratching or hair loss and know that they may have mites.

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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by EverythingAnimal on Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:44 pm

To add to what scaredy said, you can also bake the hay for the mice spread on a shallow pan or freeze it at sub-zero temp to reduce the risk of mites. Of course, they don't need it though.

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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by CAPSLOCK on Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:52 pm

I find that they really enjoy hay - to chew on as well as drag around and pull into nests. I usually add hay a few days after my tank clean, to give them a new dimension of fun when the new-ness of their current setup has worn off a bit.

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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by Brynne on Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:14 am

Ooh, they LOVE it!!! I always have timothy hay for my guinea pig, so I let the mice indulge. Something about it makes them boing around in happy popcorn motions. I'm thinking it's probably the recognition of having a natural item in their artificial world- the lovely, strong scent, the taste, the texture, the versatility. My mice eat a little of it and carefully split the strands into soft threads that they add to their nest.

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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by River on Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:47 pm

I tried it once, but with rabbits, do keep in mind that they go through hay fast, so I don't like to waste any on the mice who don't really need it. That's just me though, and my family has 4 rabbits - one bag barely holds up for 2 weeks.

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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:22 pm

@River wrote:I tried it once, but with rabbits, do keep in mind that they go through hay fast, so I don't like to waste any on the mice who don't really need it. That's just me though, and my family has 4 rabbits - one bag barely holds up for 2 weeks.
Ah, I see, the bag I got is rather small, but I'd be willing to give a little handful to the mice and save the rest for my future rabbit. I wouldn't know how fast rabbits go through hay because I've never had one before. This would be my first rabbit ever. Smile

Off topic, but I see you are interested in rabbits too, and have some. May I ask what kind of rabbits you have? I'm planning to get a mini rex rabbit Smile.

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Post by CAPSLOCK on Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:33 pm

If you have space, a bale of hay is much, much more cost-effective than buying the little bags for bunnies and guinea pigs.

That being said, a handful for the mice doesn't put a big dent in the bags.

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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by River on Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:55 pm

Edit: I now only have three.
I currently have
Two netherland dwarf rabbits - a doe and a buck - and one mini-rex buck.

In the past, I've had...
New Zealands, holland lops, lionheads, a dutch, and a silverfox.

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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Sat Aug 13, 2016 5:19 pm

Oh awesome! I'm saving up for a mini rex doe. I already have an outdoor hutch, playpen, hay, pellets, and a water bottle ready! I'm waiting for a cooler season, because I don't want it to come from an air conditioned building straight to the heat of outdoor summer. I got the playpen so I could bring it inside on hot summer days, because I know a lot of heat can be fatal for bunnies. I did also consider a netherland dwarf, but ended up leaning more towards a mini rex.

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Post by River on Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:47 pm

Great! Remember to freeze some waterbottles for the summer months.

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Re: Timothy Hay

Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:58 pm

@River wrote:Great! Remember to freeze some waterbottles for the summer months.
Yes - Thanks for the tip! Planning to also freeze some tiles. Smile

On a more related note, I gave my mice some hay, and they loved it! They drug it to their nest, made it comfortable, and went to sleep in it. Smile

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