Hello everyone, I wanted to buy oxbow timothy hay from petsmart, but they said that the hay there is old. so where can i get fresh timothy hay?
That's a general guideline, yes, but there will always (or should always) be some brown since some of the grass dies before it's cut. If every single blade is green, I'd check for dye powder. (Kaytee, I think, colors theirs, and my chins hated that stuff.)On the same train of thought...
The greener the hay, the better? I have gotten some hay that is fresh from a local farm and its more brown than what oxbow has in the petsmart.
To the best of my knowledge they don't dye it. I could be wrong, but I don't think it would come so highly recommended if they did. The reason behind the strand difference might be growing conditions; Oxbow is a factory farm, so they have a lot more fields than somebody with a couple hundred acres of hay outside town.The oxbow hay looks almost un-naturally green compared to the locally grown hay. (they dont add color do they??)
The strands of the local hay seem to be thinner and less wide than the oxbow stuff.
(not that I'm complaining about oxbow, I do like it, I just needed something to use for comparison)
Color is one indicator of old hay, but like you pointed out, some companies (like Kaytee) will color hay artificially. However, if most of the bag is brown, it's probably not going to go over well with your chins. As for natural green v artificial green, that's harder to tell through the bag, so ymmv.So, does color really matter that much?
I'd feel comfortable buying that, assuming I couldn't get in touch with a local Amish guy, etc. If you notice an increase in tossed away hay, it'll probably be time for a new supply, but by then it'll be summer/autumn when there've been a crop or two already cut, so it'll be easier to get right off the farm so you know its fresh. (Can you tell I've been through the ringer trying to get hay for my boys? :bangheadi just went to my local petstore, and they had oxbow, it was green and smelt like fresh cut grash. the "use by" date on the back was 2012. so i think im good?