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Oxbow Alfalfa Hay Small Animal Food

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  • Alfalfa Hay is a high-fiber legume forage hay that is sometimes called the "Queen of Forages". Alfalfa Hay is legume hay and the protein, calcium and energy content are higher than in grass hay.
  • Oxbow's Alfalfa Hay is an outstanding feed for young animals. It contains more crude protein, digestible energy, and calcium levels than any other forage.
  • Alfalfa provides the essential calcium necessary for growing bones.
  • Alfalfa is also a source of important minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, zinc and selenium.
  • Due to its succulent taste, Oxbow's Alfalfa Hay can be used as an appetite stimulant when an animal is ill or for post-surgical pets.

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Fresh From the Farm

For Oxbow, quality products begin in the field. Oxbow has spent years cultivating relationships and educating its growers about the proper way to nurture and harvest hay specifically for small pets. Then, using an exclusive process, Oxbow hay is inspected, graded, cleaned and sorted to ensure only the best hay is packaged under the Oxbow name.

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VETERINARIAN APPROVED Recommended by vets worldwide. LESS DUSTY Extraction reduces fine dust particles. HAND-SORTED Sorted by hand with care. EXPERT GROWN IN THE USA Grown especially for small pets on Oxbow's family of farms.

About Oxbow

Family-owned and operated, Oxbow is passionately committed to helping small animals lead longer, healthier lives. Grown by experts on Oxbow's family of farms, their formulas and life-staged diets have defined the way small animals are fed today. From plant to pet, Oxbow products meet the highest standards time and time again.
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Top Ingredients100% Alfalfa Hay. Preservative and Additive Free. Loose Hay Contains Stems, Leaves, and Limited Seed Heads....100% Orchard Grass Preservative and Additive Free. Loose Hay Contains Stems, Leaves, and Limited Seed Heads....100% Timothy Hay. Preservative and Additive Free. Loose Hay Contains Stems, Leaves, and Limited Seed Heads....Alfalfa Hay.100% Alfalfa Hay.
Small Pet TypeRabbit, Guinea Pig, Chinchilla, DeguRabbit, Guinea Pig, Chinchilla, DeguRabbit, Guinea Pig, Chinchilla, DeguRabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, GerbilRabbit, Guinea Pig, Chinchilla
Health FeatureDental & Breath Care, Digestive HealthDental & Breath Care, Digestive HealthDental & Breath Care, Digestive HealthDental & Breath Care, Digestive Health
Special DietHigh Fiber, High-ProteinLow-Protein, High FiberLow-Protein, High FiberHigh-Protein
Hay TypeAlfalfaOrchard GrassTimothyAlfalfaAlfalfa
Food FormHayHayHayHayHay

Questions & Answers

11 Customer Questions

so since I can't see pictures, is this actually hey? Or is it pellets? Thanks a bunch!
Answer by ChewySep 19, 2019
This food is in the form of hay.

suitable for adult rabbits too?
Answer by ChewyJun 20, 2021
This hay is suitable for a Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Chinchilla and other small pets.

Can this be given to tortoises?
Answer by ChewyJul 31, 2019
Some tortoises are reluctant to eat the timothy hay but will eat alfalfa hay. Try mixing about one part alfalfa hay to three parts timothy hay to get your tortoise switched over to hay.

I have hamsters was wondering if this hay would be ok for them to eat?
Answer by ChewyMar 30, 2019
This product is suitable for hamsters.

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By sage on Nov 29, 2022

Very dusty

Beware of the mess if you tend to keep your hay in a separate container and when moving the hay into the enclosure as well. I don’t mind the “dust” too much because I have use for it but it is very messy so have a broom or mini vacuum on hand.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Brit on Oct 12, 2022

dusty crumbs

I have this 9lb box on auto ship- it’s normally pretty good and my three bunnies love it. However, my last two boxes have been very dusty. The current box I’m on is mostly crumbs (like the stuff you’d find at the bottom) with very little useable hay. Inconsistent quality during my experience with this, otherwise it’s a good product. If it happens again I may go back to the local pet stores and spend the few extra dollars to buy what I can see ahead of time.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Dixie on Aug 29, 2022

Not Enough Stems . . . .

It has been many years since I had a bunny under the age of one, so I haven't seen alfalfa hay in quite a while. I used to buy it in bales from a local feed store. It's easier to buy it online these days and Oxbow hay is what I usually buy for my adult bunny. Unfortunately, the two bags of alfalfa I have recently bought consist mostly of hay that looks ground up. There are few stems. I add it on top of my young bunny's pellets and she loves it, but hay is not suppose to be like a food topping. I also give her Oxbow timothy and orchard, so she is getting coarse hay, but why is this alfalfa the way it is?

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Nikki on Dec 10, 2022

Oreo loves it

MY rabbit Oreo loves this alfalfa hay! Plan on ordering more.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Bungalow on Jul 11, 2022

Young rabbits need alfalfa hay!

As a foster mom, I often foster baby bunnies and they need unlimited access to alfalfa hay. I highly recommend Oxbow and wish is was available in larger sized bags like I can purchase the Timothy hay.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Dibrown236 on Jul 10, 2022

Excellent hay product

We use this as an addition to our house rabbits normal Timothy hay. It encourages her to eat hay and stimulates her appetite for the usual hay. Always great quality hay from Oxbow!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Dazie on Aug 22, 2022

My buns favorite hay

This is my girls favorite hay. I love the box, it lasts a long time and doesn’t seem to dry out.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Ella on Apr 24, 2022

Beware of Dust

I ordered a 9lb box of alfalfa since my 5 month old bunny goes through hay like crazy but when it arrived it was mostly dusty flakey stuff (like the stuff at the bottom of every hay bag). About 1/3 of the box was actually usable hay. Made my bunny have sneezing fits

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Gladewing on Dec 21, 2021

Palatable and Fresh, My youngsters love it.

As a horse person, I already have experience with different hay blends. This Alfalfa is very sweet smelling, clean, and fresh. The best quality Alfalfa I've found in small animal Alfalfa options. I can hardly drop it in their cage before they start eating it. Alfalfa is a leafier hay, and is actually a legume, not a traditional "grass" hay like Timothy, Meadow, and Oat Hay. Due to this, the type of hay is pretty different, in that it's not just comprised of stems, but rather is made up of rigid stems with soft leaves. This means that typically the ratio of stems to leaves in each bag may differ from bag to bag. The smaller the bag, the less likely you are to have an even balance of stems and leaves. I see many people complaining about this, so I wanted to provide some insight on why this happens. I offer some Timothy Meadow Hay (also from Oxbow!!) alongside my Alfalfa hay for variety and extra fiber and they seem to like it! The Alfalfa I've purchased from Oxbow has not been dusty at all. It's VERY clean and fresh and smells amazing. Love Oxbow so much! Always so great for my bunnies!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Snickerdoodle on Jan 25, 2022

Alfalfa hay

This hay is mainly for baby guineas, and my baby apsolutely Loves her hay, so I truly thought she would devour this alfalfa, but she has turned her nose up to it. (Picky piggy ). So this is my reason for giving only a 4 star, only because of her, not the product.