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    Default Could hay be contaminated with anything that may cause excess cecatrophs?

    Anything at all?

    Or could they be fed anything that may cause this? (i.e. fed something by someone wanting to harm them, for example, not by me or my family).

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    I don't really understand fully what you're asking (so apologies if this isn't relevant), but I had a bunny that developed excess caecotrophs from over-eating a particular hay. I ruled out everything else, and once I stopped that particular hay, the excess caecotrophs stopped.
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    Hay could be contaminated by any number of things environmentally. It's unlikely to be contaminated if it's been through a process, has been bagged and purchased through a shop, but even then it has the potential to be exposed to things in a warehouse. Any hay you purchase as a bale from a farm may contain, odd plants such as buttercups or doc flowers, but again, it's not normally a major risk if you buy from a reputable source.
    If you are thinking about something along the chemical line, it can't be ruled out, if spraying has taken place, but this is very carefully regulated to avoid such instances.

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    not sure about proper looking cecatrophs but eric can't eat fresh farm baled hay without getting the squishy poops. he doesn't have to have much of it at all to upset his guts.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahP View Post
    I don't really understand fully what you're asking (so apologies if this isn't relevant), but I had a bunny that developed excess caecotrophs from over-eating a particular hay. I ruled out everything else, and once I stopped that particular hay, the excess caecotrophs stopped.
    Agree with this - Mavis is very sensitive to dietary issues and there is one particular type of baled lovely timothy hay which looks as if it should be beautifully nutritious and delicious for bunnies but which gives her really bad excess caecatrophs. Stopped feeding that hay, problem disappeared in an instant.
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    ooh this is interesting. ive had the same issue but never thought it could be hay type! once i rule everything else out i will try changing the hay me thinks.

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    Thanks guys. It wasn't quite what I meant, but I'm glad it was able to help someone else
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maizy View Post
    Hay could be contaminated by any number of things environmentally. It's unlikely to be contaminated if it's been through a process, has been bagged and purchased through a shop, but even then it has the potential to be exposed to things in a warehouse. Any hay you purchase as a bale from a farm may contain, odd plants such as buttercups or doc flowers, but again, it's not normally a major risk if you buy from a reputable source.
    If you are thinking about something along the chemical line, it can't be ruled out, if spraying has taken place, but this is very carefully regulated to avoid such instances.
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    do you trust your supplier?

    where do you keep your hay when you buy it? xx



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    Quote Originally Posted by poppymoon View Post
    do you trust your supplier?

    where do you keep your hay when you buy it? xx
    I've started going somewhere new, but on a recommendation and the hay is really nice. I'm more concerned about what happens once it arrives here.
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