Hay FAQs

  • Which animals is Little Hay Co hay suitable for?

    • Little Hay Co hay is suitable for all hay consuming pets such as Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Degus & Chinchillas.  We offer a range of high quality hays in our online shop and describe in detail the types and qualities under each product.

  • 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.  If you purchase our Timothy, Cotswold Sweet or Silky Soft hay the difference in quality from most other hays is clear to see - and all grown, made and packaged on our farm in the Cotswolds, UK.

      Our Meadow hay is still a great quality hay however this has been harvested and dried in the traditional way.

  • 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 carrier will deliver my order?

    • DPD are our chosen carrier

  • Which Hay would you recommend for a Rabbit?

    • For rabbits we recommend feeding them a ix of our Timothy and cotswold sweet hays. Both hays have good nutritional values as well as being fragrant and long in stem so perfect for keeping teeth in tip top condition. We know both of these hays are firm favourites with our rabbit reps!

  • Which Hay do you recommend for Guinea pigs?

    • We recommend our Cotswold sweet and silky soft hays for Guinea pigs. Both hays are lovely and green and are slightly softer than our Timothy hay which reduces the eye poke worries for pet parents too. Both hays smell delicious, have lovely long strands and can be enjoyed for a healthy meal as well as for bedding and play.

  • What hay should i order if i have allergies?

    • If you or your pet hay allergies or any respiratory issues we highly recommend ordering hay in our bale formats. These bales contact the same quality hay as our loose boxes but have also been dust extracted through our baling machine. This has helped many of our customers who have hay fever or asthma when feeding or cleaning out their pets.

      Out of all of our hays our cotswold sweet is the least dusty hay. The timothy hay has large seed heads which are known to affect people with both asthma and hay fever.

Nutritional Breakdown of Hay and Grass*

Hay Type Crude Fiber Crude Protein Calcium
Orchard Grass 34% 10% 0.33%
Timothy Hay 32-34% 8-11% 0.4-0.6%
Oat 31% 10% 0.4%
Dried Grass 22-28% 12-14% 0.55%
Meadow 33% 7% 0.6%
Alfalfa 28-34% 13-19% 12-14%
Bermudagrass 29% 10% 0.46%

We don’t make your hay the traditional way.Our process is different and better

We mow the hay and ted it just like the traditional method. But instead of baling it in the field (open to the elements), we collect it loose within 24 hours of being cut and take it to our specially designed barn to finish the process under controlled, weather-proof conditions.

Here it is much easier to achieve the magic 12% moisture content consistently

The hay you receive is green, fragrant, nutritious, balanced in minerals, and free of harmful spores and dust.

The perfect hay for your pets, year in – year out

See how we make our Premium Hay to a consistent quality all year round