Guinea Pig Hay

Much-loved by guinea pigs, our hay is bursting with good nutrients that
perfectly satisfy their dietary needs and natural foraging behaviours.

Irresistible Guinea Pig hay from the heart of the Cotswolds

Guinea pigs love nothing more than rich, fragrant, delicious green hay – and as a huge part of their essential nutrition, our range of exceptional hays is the ideal way to keep your guinea pig healthy, happy, and excited for every meal.

Fresh hay created with farming expertise and innovative production techniques offers the best balance of taste and minerals, with natural content and fibres for guinea pigs of all ages.

Guinea Pig Hay FAQs

  • What makes Little Hay Co hay different?

      • Regular hay is made outside in the field which risks getting rained on to greatly reduce quality, staying near soil after harvest for too long and being infected by spores and getting bleached in the sun.
        At The Little Hay Co we cut the grass conventionally and leave it in the sun for 24 hours - but then we pick it up loose and dry it with dehumidified air in our specially built hay drying barn prior to packaging it up for you.
        This process makes our hay almost entirely dust free and beautifully green with a pleasant fragrant smell. You will not find another UK produced hay like it!
  • What’s the largest pack size you sell?

    • We have lots of size options for you. Our largest loose hay box is a 10 KG, we also have a number of bundle options with the largest comprising of 16 kilos of baled hay!

  • What are the different cuts of hay you sell?

    • Due to the climate in the UK hay producers usually only get one cut per year.

      We cut our Meadow fields twice per year, the first is a coarse cut hay which gives us our Meadow/Timothy Blend hays while the second results in our Silky Soft hay option.

      We cut our Timothy Hay and Cotswold Sweet (rye) once each year.

  • Why do you use different grasses?

    • In nature your pet species would naturally graze throughout the four seasons, during which grasses taste different and have different textures. 

      This variety is what we replicate for you, but try to offer your pet the Spring to Autumn choice as Winter grasses are not always very appetising. We highly recommend feeding your guinea pig more than one type of hay. When it makes up to 85% of their diet, it is important to keep it interesting to ensure they keep eating it for their digestive and dental health!

  • Why do you grow different grasses?

    • Different Varieties of hay will be ready for harvest at different stages of the season, so having multiple varieties allows us to extend our harvest window on the farm. Different varieties also allows us to offer your Guinea pigs different flavours, textures and scents - hopefully ensuring even the fussiest pig is catered for!

  • How do you control and ensure the quality at Little Hay Co throughout the year?

    • We tend our pastures very carefully throughout the year to ensure that they are in tip top condition when it comes to harvest.  By use of the hay drying barn we then preserve this quality, even in the most British of summers!  We make enough stock to store over the winter to provide you wherever possible a steady supply.  In Spring we start our harvest all over again to bring you a fresh supply.

  • Which type of hay should I buy?

    • Timothy Hay is quite a hard hay with deliciously large seed heads.  It is good for nutrition and dental care.

      Silky Soft Hay is not quite so hard as Timothy but slightly more nutritious.

      Cotswold Sweet Hay is very, very palatable but offers slightly less wear on the teeth - great to build condition, great to burrow in and great to hide and sleep in.  This is often the most sought after hay.

      Meadow Hay is a coarse cut hay which offers wear on teeth with long crunchy stems. This is our only field made hay and is our most cost effective choice.

      Canadian Timothy is a coarse cut hay which we import from Canada. This hay is beautifully green however is dustier than our UK grown products and so can be less suitable for pets and owners with respiratory concerns.

  • How much hay should I feed my guinea pig?

    • The general rule is to feed your Guinea pig the same volume of hay as their furry bodies as a minimum! The great thing about Guinea pigs and hay is you cannot overfeed them, always ensure your pigs have access to fresh green hay throughout the day and night to maintain a healthy gut and good dental health.

  • What else should I feed my guinea pig as well as hay?

    • Guinea pigs like treats, but this should be no more than 5% of their diet.  Without this balance of 5% treats, 10% veggies and 85% hay; dental and digestive problems can occur. 

      We stock a number of treats and forages to add to your pigs daily diet. From ChewyChews UK homemade cookies to boxes of Flaked peas we have everything your pig needs for a healthy balanced diet. If you notice any worrying symptoms, please consult your vet.

  • What are the key benefits of high quality hay for my guinea pig?

    • If your Guinea pig doesn't eat enough hay, it's teeth and digestive system will suffer.  As rabbit are notoriously selective (even fussy!) it's ideal to offer them a variety of premium quality hay to encourage a regulated and balanced daily consumption.

      We want your Guinea pig to be excited to see our hay each day so we offer lots of choice to help keep them munching!

      We also have a selection of Forage boxes which are great to encourage their natural instincts and get them digging for their favourite treats and hay strands.

  • How long will it take for my order to arrive?

    • Orders placed before 1pm weekdays will be packed the same day ready for a same day collection, excluding bank holidays and weekends.

  • Which carrier will deliver my order?

    • DPD are our chosen carrier

  • My order has arrived damaged, who should I contact?

  • What is your refund & exchange policy?

    • We welcome your feedback and are happy to help resolve any issues or complaints.

      If you have a problem with your order please email our team and we will be happy to help:

Nutritional Breakdown of Hay and Grass*

Cotswold Sweet/Rye Timothy Silky Meadow
Moisture 9.0% 9.0% 12.5% 10.5%
Crude protein 8.0% 4.7% 12.9% 10.9%
Oil 2.0% 2.0% 2.7% 2.5%
Ash 6.9% 5.1% 7.4% 7.0%
Sugars 6.7% 8.2% 9.1% 8.1%
DE 8MJ/KG 7.5MJ/KG 9.5MJ/KG 9.0MJ/KG

How We Produce the Finest Natural Hay for Guinea Pigs

Conventionally produced hay lacks many vital properties that guinea pigs would gain from foraging – and can comprise as much as 90% of their diet. Field-dried hay is prone to mould, spores and damp and can vary significantly in quality and flavour.

The Little Hay Co. has created a dynamic production technique based on the latest in farming science, using a custom-built barn drying process that ensures consistently superior quality every month of the year.

We are proud to offer the perfect 12% moisture content across every bale, and every taster pack, with a range of natural hay and grass flavours to ensure your guinea pig has all those important minerals without the risk of dust and dampness.