Oxbow Orchard Grass Hay Small Animal Food

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About This Item


  • Orchard Grass is a green, fruity-smelling grass hay which many small animals enjoy. To the untrained eye, it looks identical to timothy grass, but the seed heads have a different shape.
  • Orchard Grass is a perennial cool season grass with flat leaf blades. The leaves vary in color from green to bluish-green depending on the maturity of the plant.
  • Orchard Grass is recommended by veterinarians for small herbivores due to the nutritional content. Orchard Grass can be mixed with other grass hays when feeding your pet. This is encouraged because animals seem to like the variety. Mixing your grasses will encourage them to eat more hay, which is beneficial to the health of the animal.
  • Hay is absolutely vital to the health of small herbivores. Orchard Grass also provides a long-strand fiber source that is needed to improve the digestive and intestinal functions by stimulating the digestive system.
  • When animals are fed free-choice hay, it promotes their natural chewing behavior, which helps prevent molar spurs and other dental problems that are so common in these small herbivores.

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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% Orchard Grass Preservative and Additive Free. Loose Hay Contains Stems, Leaves, and Limited Seed Heads....100% Organic Meadow Hay.Sun Cured Orchard Grass Hay.Natural Sun-Cured Timothy Hay.Sun-Dried Orchard Grass
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Health FeatureDental & Breath Care, Digestive HealthDental & Breath Care, Digestive HealthDental & Breath Care, Digestive HealthDental & Breath Care, Digestive Health
Special DietLow-Protein, High FiberOrganic, High FiberHigh FiberHigh FiberHigh Fiber
Hay TypeOrchard GrassMeadowOrchard GrassTimothyOrchard Grass
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Questions & Answers

13 Customer Questions

When is the 25 IBS bag available, tried to buy it by the time I got my card and came back it was sold out.
Answer by AllyJan 03, 2023
In stock now

How long will this last for two guinea pigs?
Answer by ChewyDec 27, 2017
Free - choice means that the feed is available at all times. If they finish what is given, you need to give them more! Hay should not only be used for nutritional purposes, but also for mental stimulation and the promotion of natural foraging behavior. Therefore, there isn't an exact time frame as to how long this will last your furry friends.

Is there vitamin C in this for my Guinea pig
Answer by ChewyJul 14, 2018
Their is no added Vitamin C in this food. The ingredients are 100% Orchard Grass Preservative and Additive Free. Loose Hay Contains Stems, Leaves, and Limited Seed Heads. You can use the Oxbow Natural Science Vitamin C Small Animal Supplements to add Vitamin C to your guinea pig's diet.

does it taste like real grass,,is there such a thing?
Answer by ChewyOct 24, 2020
This product is made of 100% Orchard Grass and will taste like it.

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439 Customer Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By JasmineMom on Sep 19, 2023

Quality has hit rock bottom

We have bought Oxbow Orchard Grass Hay for over 5 years and had very little complaints. On occasion there may be small pieces that we threw in the trash. Our rabbit will not eat the small strands which goes to waste. In the last several months the quality has become so poor that we are throwing away more than we are feeding. The last box (9 lbs) was filled with extra short pieces and dust which made a huge mess and it also ended up in the trash. I will not support this product anymore.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Audrey on Sep 11, 2023

Moldy/Spoiled Hay

The smell was bad even before we opened the bag. We ended up having to toss the whole lot when I started to develop a cough, which turned into acute bronchitis. My partner also started sneezing and coughing, and one of my bunnies started sneezing as well. This was a really bad purchase, and the effects lingered for more than a week. We're not planning on ordering hay online anymore because of this experience.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By AN on Aug 10, 2023

Too many times..

I found that buying in bulk is always a risk. Whenever I buy the box of 9lbs, there's a higher chance it could be small, leftover dusty pieces. It's happened so often that at this point I've decided to just buy the 90oz bag. The hay is always random as you never know what cut you will get. That's never been a problem. It's only a problem when you get extremely dusty hay that could cause respiratory issues in your pet. My bunnies main hay is Oxbow but, never the boxes again which is unfortunate. I would give 2.5 stars because it's not always bad but, I would say 30% chance of the dusty issue.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Bug on Jul 15, 2023

Very Disappointed “Poor Quality”

I have been buying Oxbow Orchard Hay now for 10 years for our rabbit because he preferred Orchard than Timothy. He likes the crunchiness and taste of it. But, this past couple orders I’ve noticed the hay quality has dramatically changed. It doesn’t look like orchard it looks and feels more like Timothy hay, it’s short brown, crumbles and dusty. My rabbit doesn’t eat it as much as he eats his hay before. I thought may be Oxbox accidentally put Timothy hay in to orchard box, so I ordered a couple more boxes of the 9lbs. hoping I get a different batch, but I got the same poor quality, dusty, crumbs, I don’t think this is orchard hay!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Ashley on Sep 15, 2023


I used this as nesting material for my hens. It smells amazing and they absolutely love it. It's great that it's also a healthy snack for them! My coops smells absolutely amazing.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By carm on Jun 28, 2023

awful orchard grass hay

I have fostered/adopted over 100 guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas over the last 10 years. My go to was always Oxbow. A favorite is the Orchard Grass, because it is “supposed” to be soft and sweet. This latest bag is nothing but straw and dust. My chinchilla won’t touch it. Very disappointed. I will be looking for a better brand of orchard grass.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sunny on Jun 26, 2023

Excellent hay!

The hay I received from Chewy was excellent and very fresh. The quality is just so good. My guinea pigs absolutely loved it. Love Chewy and love Oxbow. If you are a guinea pig owner, please consider switching to Oxbow hay products as opposed to other brands, their quality is much better and healthier for guinea pigs.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By sep on May 6, 2023

Poor Quality

I think this is the first review I've ever submitted on any product. However, like those of you that have commented, the quality of this grass has continued to deteriorate. Every bag I purchase gets worse. Like you say the amount of dust is ridiculous. The foxtails (which never use to be) increase with each bag and previously I could pick them out as they were attached to a stem. Now it seems as those they are trying to mix them in and so we won't notice. They are now just foxtail tips making it really difficult to get them out. I used to love the orchard grass but no more. Have to find something else.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By PiggyMomma on Jun 6, 2023

Not like preC19 Hay but better than most

Used to have super long stands but after C19 it seems like you can’t find hay like that anymore from any major brands. However, Oxbow hay has always been fresh no matter which variety or size I get and my 3 piggies never snub their noses. Will reorder as long as quality remains good and price remain unchanged.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Piggiemom on Jul 7, 2023

A hit with my guinea pigs

All five guinea pigs love this orchard grass hay. It is sweet and soft and seems to be good quality. The 9 pound bags are a good size, they last a good amount of time but not too heavy to lift.