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    Hi all

    This might be a stupid question, but does meadow hay (that is eaten by my rabbits) go stale if itís left out?

    The reason I ask, is that I currently buy bags of hay from shops like Wilko. Over time this can get quite costly & also Iím trying to cut back on the plastic that Iím using.

    The hay that I buy I always roll the top of the bag down and peg it shut, but Iíd quite like to buy a bale of hay from a local country store which will work out much cheaper. Iíd store it outside in the shed and bring in a decent amount to put in my indoor rabbit box every week or so to allow me to top up his hay as required.

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    Hay should last at least a year if it is stored correctly - that's what it was designed for. It should be kept cool and dry and allowed to breathe. A standard 2 string bale will fit in a 240 litre wheely bin in a shady spot. You can also store it in eg a duvet cover in a shed or garage, as long as it is off the floor (eg on bricks or a wooden pallet). If it gets damp, it will go mouldy and be no good. Baled hay from a place that supplies horse hay will probably be much better quality than bagged, shop bought hay, and definitely cheaper.

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    Thank you. That’s what I was thinking. I have a table in one of my sheds so it would be kept off the ground. Didn’t think of storing it in a breathable bedsheet - was just going to split it & put into bin bags.

    So you’re saying it should be okay as long as I keep it free from mould?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by joepatr View Post
    Thank you. That’s what I was thinking. I have a table in one of my sheds so it would be kept off the ground. Didn’t think of storing it in a breathable bedsheet - was just going to split it & put into bin bags.

    So you’re saying it should be okay as long as I keep it free from mould?

    Thanks
    If you put it in bin bags it will be more likely to go mouldy

    Hessian sacks are better, or store bales of hay on wooden slated pallets


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    Plastic mean the hay 'sweats', so something breathable is better. It doesn't go stale as such, it might lose some taste but mine lasts in a damp garage alright, 6-9mths (the longest mine take to go through a big farm/equestrian bale). I keep mine on racking just in its bale form so all sides are open to the air.
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