I expected better from Oxbow. I think the quality is good, but it's so fragmented that it's practically dust. More suitable for making pellets. It makes a HUGE mess because the shreds just end up on the floor of the cage and are too small to be eaten. It isn't always like this. I used to buy the timothy, until it started coming the same way -- that's why I tried the orchard. The last bag of orchard I bought was still bad, but not this bad. I don't know where else to turn, because Oxbow has always been the best. :/
My 3 lady piggies are super picky and this is the only hay that they will eat every single piece of. I'm glad I can order it in the 9lb size, as they go through it quite fast.
Oxbow makes fantastic products, but this one is iffy. When the hay is good, it is great; but you get horrible, brown, dusty hay half the time. I thought maybe quality control was difficult with their bigger shipments and decided to try smaller bags. Same Russian Roullette. One thumb down.
I love oxbow generally but I recently purchased 2 50 pound boxes and the first one I opened isn’t what it usually is like. I have 7 Guinea pigs and they love to hide in the hay. This box is so shredded that it’s impossible for them to burrow into. It just falls flat onto the floor of their enclosure. I’m doubting whether or not they even eat it. I have supplement with som Timothy hay that is better quality. Hopefully the second box is like this as well. So you could be getting amazing hay or hay that’s barely useful.
Usually this hay is fantastic and my piggy loves it!!! Lately it is not the same quality, I dont know what is going on but the hay is hard and has weird sticks in it. My poor piggy won't even eat it! Very disappointed
My piggy, Charger loves this! I never fed Orchard grass before, just Timothy hay but I think he likes this better than the Timothy hay. I mix it up & he'll eat both though.
I ordered the 25 pound box and the Timothy hay box. Both boxes were old and gross. I spent so much money on this hay and now I have to compost it. My piggies refuse to eat it and this box is so musty it seems unsafe. The box comes with a quality guarantee and a disclaimer saying that oxbow cannot guarantee the quality of this size package of hay. Seems like the two boxes of hay I got should have been at least the different types I ordered instead of the identical hay labeled differently. I have ordered this box before and it was so nice. This box was a disappointment.
My 2 African Sulcata Tortoises' love this grass and so do I. It is always fresh and soft!
My piggies are super spoiled and while they should be exclusively eating Timothy hay, if the hay is even a bit too tough or dry, they’ll refuse it for days on end, forcing me to frantically buy something new. This Orchard hay is soft and sweet and while I hope they won’t get too fond of it (I notice them getting a tad pudgier on it) it’s been a lifesaver when we get a “bad” batch of Timothy.
This is my base hay for my piggies, I've used it for 2 or 3 years now. They have a treat hay I put on top (some like alfalfa, some like botanical & others like oat), but this is always the bulk of my hay. I don't use the straw like stuff cause this is much less likely to cause hay pokes.