February 22, 2017

Hay and Litter Resource List

HRS CHICAGO
P.O. Box 637 ~ Winfield, IL  60190-0637  ~ (630) 842-5033

 

SELECTING AND FINDING HAY FOR YOUR RABBIT

Hay is an important part of a house rabbit’s diet. Locating a good hay source and selecting quality hay is important. The quality and texture of hay will vary throughout the season depending on harvest time and weather. Most bale hay is a mixed grass variety. The content of mixed grass hay will vary from field to field. As a rule of thumb, a grass mix that is good for horses is also appropriate for rabbits. When selecting bale hay it is a good idea to ask to see the bales and select the bale yourself.  Here are some guidelines on selecting a good bale of hay for your rabbit:

* Hay should be clean and dry

* Hay should have a fresh, grassy smell – should not smell musty or damp

* Hay should not be crumbly or dusty

 

Below are some sources of good quality hay that have been used by our HRS members:

LOCAL SOURCES OF BALED HAY
(You may want to call ahead to check availability)

Animal Feed & Needs
847-437-4738
401W. Gulf   Road,
Arlington Heights,  IL

 

Grayslake Feed Supply
847-223-4855
21 Seymour Ave.
Grayslake, IL

 

The Trellis Farm and Garden
2N492 Kirk Rd.
St. Charles, IL
630-584-2024
http://www.trellisfarm.com

 

The Barn Owl (baled hay only)
630-668-0316
1 N 583 Gary Ave.
Carol Stream, IL   60188
http://www.barnowlgarden.com

 

WadsworthFeed
847-662-2932
15250 W.  Wadsworth Rd,
Wadsworth,IL

 

Galusha Farms
27W271Galusha Rd.
Warrenville,IL 60555
630-878-6350
http://www.galushafarm.com/

 

MAIL ORDER SOURCES OF GOURMET HAY AND RABBIT SUPPLIES

Sweet Meadow Farm
www.sweetmeadowfarm.com
Sherborn, MA
(Wonderful Meadow hay!
Can buy an economical  9 lb. box of hay)

Bunny Bytes
http://www.bunnybytes.com/
Woodinville, WA 98072
1-888 563-9300
Good Orchard hay for those allergic to timothy hay

American Pet Diner
http://americanpetdiner.com/
Eureka,Nevada
1.800.656.2691

Bunny Luv
http://bunnyluv.com/
Van Nuys,CA
1-818-986-4412

Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue
http://www.mybunny.org/estore/hay.htm
Claremont, CA

The Bunny Basics
http://www.thebunnybasics.com
Scottsdale,AZ85260
877-BUNNY85

Bunny Bale
http://www.bunnybale.com/
Covington, VA

Pet Care Depot
Galesburg, IL
www.petcaredepot.com

The Organic Hay Co.
New York
www.organichayco.com

Small Pet Select
http://smallpetselect.com/timothy-hay/

One Ear Up Hay

www.oneearuphay.com

 

RABBIT SAFE LITTERS

 

Below is a list of rabbit safe litters that are readily available in the Chicago area.

 

Yesterdays News

Recycled newspaper product; very absorbent, low dust.  Can scoop out wet   sections to refresh pan between changes. Also available in soft formula for pets with tender feet.

Care Fresh

Soft egg-carton type paper litter.

Cellu-Dri

Pelleted paper product. Can scoop out wet sections to refresh pan between changes.

Critter Country

Straw and grass pelleted litter. Can scoop out wet sections to refresh pan between changes.

Feline Pine and All Pet Pine

Pelleted litter made from processed, kiln-dried pine. Can scoop wet sections to refresh pan between changes..

Gentle Touch

Aspen base pelleted litter. Can scoop wet sections to refresh pan  between changes. Can compost.

Aspen Shavings or Chips

Aspen is a rabbit safe wood. Absorbent; can be messy as it is  easily tracked out of the litter pan.

Woody Pet

Magnum Horse Bedding

Guardian Pelleted

Horse Bedding Pelleted wood products. Very absorbent. .Much cheaper than small animal litters because it is sold in   larger quantities. Can scoop wet sections and can compost. Available at many feed stores that also carry baled hay.

Newspaper

Recycle your newspaper – shredded or  whole; inexpensive; avoid colored dyes.

Hay and straw

Alone or used in combination over newspaper or any rabbit safe litter.  A   perfect method for recycling your rabbit’s picked over hay. Very inexpensive;   pan full of hay entices bunny to nibble hay throughout the day.

 

The HRS Chicago, along with our veterinarians, does not recommend the use of

(1) cedar or pine shavings because they can cause problems with the respiratory tract. They can also cause liver disease in small animals This type of liver disease can be reversed by removing cedar and pine from the environment OR (2) any type of scoopable or clay kitty litter. Rabbits whose diets do not contain enough fiber may eat it. The dust and residue from these litters tend to accumulate throughout the gastrointestinal tract and can lead to fatal blockages. Clay litters can cause damage to the stomach.