Hay is particularly important for chinchillas to eat.
They have eaten it for generations and just like other rodents such as guinea pigs they love to chew on it.
It is also very good for them to eat.
The reason for this is that it contains fiber which is vital for for them.
What does hay do?
Hay helps the digestive system to function better and also helps a chin to wear and grind down their teeth so that they don’t grow too much. Chinchillas always need something to chew on and hay is very good for this.
This is why hay should always be available to them at all times.
But what types of hay should chinchillas eat?
There are a number that are good for them to eat and by having a number for them to try, you can keep it interesting for them and vary their diet.
What does good hay look like?
Good quality hay is clean and dry. It has a good light green colour, smells sweet and is finely stemmed. It should be dry as well.
Bad hay is damp, brown colored and smells bad. It looks dead.
What Hay Can Chinchillas Eat?
Good hays for chinchillas include the following;
This is a grass hay which means it is a dried grass taht has been produced from grass that grows in a meadow. It is a popular hay for rodents. It is higher in fiber than most hays.
Orchard Grass/Mountain grass
Orchard grass is also known as mountain grass and is a similar type of hay to timothy hay but it tends t have less seed heads and has a softer feel and touch. It can be better for pet owners that have allergies to timothy hay. It is a pure, sweet, nutritious, and natural hay.
This is a legume hay and is lower in fiber and higher in protein and calories than Timothy hay.
This is a mixed-species hay which comes from mountain grassland. It has added flowers and is harvested and dried. It is a complementary food and has a fiber content of 28% and helps to promote the functioning of the intestines.
This is a low protein and fat hay which has long strands and is high in fiber. It is a good alternative to Timothy hay.
Hay cubes that have been compressed into blocks for them to chew on are also good for them and contains the necessary fiber that chinchillas need.
The good thing about hay cubes is that they are not messy and don’t need a lot of space and are pretty practical for them.
Cubes are often made from alfalfa hay, and so they should be a treat as they are high in calcium. This means that they are good for young chinchillas and those that are breeding.
If they have too many of them their droppings will get squisshy.
These are the types of hay that are good for chinchillas to eat eat.
Hay should be made constantly available to chinchillas to eat and will considerably aid the health and well being of your chin.