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Posted - 12/27/2017 :  7:13:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I thought I would ask the experts about just how many lbs of hay to feed per day. The common answer I find to this is 2-3 lbs. What does that mean? Does it mean that 2-3 lbs/day is all they need, or 2-3 lbs is all they eat; because my experience is that they will eat 2-3 times MORE than 2-3 lbs/day, if they can get it.

I look forward to your answers.

Jeff Mueller


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Posted - 12/28/2017 :  10:03:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit renfarms's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Jeff!
At our farm, we offer hay "free choice", meaning always out and available 24/7. Exactly how much they need depends upon many variables - age and reproductive status of the animals, the quality and protein level of the hay, activity level of the animals, time of year, temperature, etc.



Bill and Louise Goebel
Renaissance Farms
McArthur, Ohio 45651
(740) 596-1468
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Willow Glen Farm

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Posted - 12/28/2017 :  10:16:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Willow Glen Farm's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We also offer free choice. they will eat less when pasture is available and a lot more when the temperature dips. With time, you will get a feel of what is "normal" for your animals.

Mary Ianni
Willow Glen Farm
Capron, IL 61012
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Posted - 12/30/2017 :  12:48:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks to those who answered.

Let me ask it another way: how many tons of hay do you feed/year for what number of alpacas?

Jeff Mueller
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