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Chaffhaye Alfalfa

Post Number:#1  Unread postby SDGrabbitry » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:29 pm


I feed Chaffhaye alfalfa (haylage) to my dairy goat herd as our alfalfa source. It's a great product and I've found a few folks out there feeding Chaffhaye to their rabbits with good results- is anyone here feeding it? I'd love to hear some of the details about how it works into your program from folks who do.

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Re: Chaffhaye Alfalfa

Post Number:#2  Unread postby MamaSheepdog » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:01 pm


I don't think anyone here uses it- so I guess you get to be the official tester! :P

Last year I sold a pony to a lady who fed her horses and goats Chaffhaye, and they loved it. I sold her a couple rabbits too- she might be feeding it to them too. If I find out, I will let you know. :)
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Re: Chaffhaye Alfalfa

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Frosted Rabbits » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:26 pm


Is this [product the same as Lucerne? Hay that has been oven dried and chopped?
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Re: Chaffhaye Alfalfa

Post Number:#4  Unread postby MamaSheepdog » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:54 pm


Frosted Rabbits wrote:Is this [product the same as Lucerne? Hay that has been oven dried and chopped?


Nope. It is bagged within a couple hours of being cut, and begins to ferment in the bag.

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http://chaffhaye.com/chaffhaye-advantage
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Re: Chaffhaye Alfalfa

Post Number:#5  Unread postby SDGrabbitry » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:18 pm


The official tester I will be, then. :) I do know there are folks out there feeding it- I have tracked down a couple, though not on this forum. It is a product I really stand behind where my dairy goats are concerned. We purchase it by the ton and it has solved for us several challenges we have here in the South with alfalfa hay- namely supply chain issues, prices, quality degradation, and storage issues. I'll keep everyone posted on how it goes for us!

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby tm_bunnyloft » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:35 pm


Is Lucerne hay ok to feed? Where do you get chaffhaye?

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Re: Chaffhaye Alfalfa

Post Number:#7  Unread postby SDGrabbitry » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:39 am


Don't lots of folks here feed alfalfa hay? Chaffhaye is supreme quality alfalfa haylage. I purchase my Chaffhaye by the pallet from my local sales representative. The company is in Texas. It's not something you can find in feed stores typically, but their website has a list of distributors.

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Re: Chaffhaye Alfalfa

Post Number:#8  Unread postby MaggieJ » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:51 am


A lot of us feed alfalfa hay - dried and baled like regular hay. Here it is about $3.50 a square bale so it is a good buy for my small rabbitry. But if you are already using Chaffhaye for other animals, I can see why it is an attractive idea to feed it to rabbits as well. Let us know how it goes! I do suggest you introduce it slowly to give the rabbits time to adjust to it. Sudden changes can cause big problems.
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Re: Chaffhaye Alfalfa

Post Number:#9  Unread postby SDGrabbitry » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:00 am


Yes, same with goats. New feeds are introduced gradually. Those prices would be a dream come true- here in the South alfalfa and even alfalfa blend is $13-$18/50 lb square bale. I will definitely keep everyone posted. I don't use commercial rations for my dairy herd and I'd like to avoid it as much as possible with the rabbits. Most rabbit pellets I see are alfalfa based, so it seems like someone with a good working knowledge of nutrition could keep the use of pelleted rations to a minimum. For those who feed a natural diet, what type/brand of minerals do you use?

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Re: Chaffhaye Alfalfa

Post Number:#10  Unread postby tm_bunnyloft » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:51 am


Here is what worries me..... Ruminants, having multiple stomaches and regurging of their food, can handle the fermented feeds. We fed our cows hay silage but never the horses. Are you sure that rabbits can eat fermented feed?

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Post Number:#11  Unread postby OneAcreFarm » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:37 am


tm_bunnyloft wrote:Here is what worries me..... Ruminants, having multiple stomaches and regurging of their food, can handle the fermented feeds. We fed our cows hay silage but never the horses. Are you sure that rabbits can eat fermented feed?


That is my question...I thought they were not supposed to have fermented foods... :hmm:
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Post Number:#12  Unread postby MaggieJ » Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:30 pm


There was a thread about silage quite some time ago... but I don't remember the details.
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Re: Chaffhaye Alfalfa

Post Number:#13  Unread postby SDGrabbitry » Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:26 pm


I know there are folks feeding it in some quantity without issue, I think the question is what percentage of their diet. Chaffhaye is used extensively for horses, so it's not necessarily just for ruminants.

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Post Number:#14  Unread postby Frosted Rabbits » Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:36 pm


I recall reading to NOT let fresh cut grass ferment if feeding it- but that question concerned lawn clippings
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Post Number:#15  Unread postby MamaSheepdog » Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:49 pm


I have a quick question regarding storage. I understand it comes in vacuum packed bags, and should be used within a couple of weeks after opening the bag for optimum nutrient value- but the site also mentioned that there is the possibility of mold.

Are the bags incredibly sturdy? We have so many barn cats that I know the bags would get punctured, and what about those that have rodent problems? It seems to me that if the vacuum seal is broken you could lose an awful lot of feed.
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