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I like to buy bags of Burgess Excel Herbage to complement the generic stuff supplied by pet stores because these Burgess packs contain Timothy Hay, which is thicker than the other hay types available and therefore better for guinea pigs to wear down their continually growing teeth. I'm sceptical about the claims for better urinary tract health and immune system with the added Dandelion and Marigold but one of my pigs absolutely adores eating the flowers and the fluffy green things, so for me the added benefit is her enjoyment of it.
The quality can vary but it's generally good. If it's a good bag, the hay is a lovely verdant green and looks like an oasis when placed on the brown, stringy, everyday hay. There aren't 'bad' bags, but there are bags that aren't as green as the 'good' bags. Despite that, they're still an improvement on the cheap bedding hay and eagerly hoovered up by my pigs.
I mostly get the packs in 1kg for £5.00 each and I can't find any reductions with bulk buying, the only times I can get a deal is when Pets At Home do rare 3 for 2 promotions, so the product can make a bit of a hole in the designated piggy fund. As a result, I ration out a handful or two 3-4 times a week but the pigs go wild once they hear the bag rustling so I'm not about to give up buying it.
I like to treat my pigs and in truth I probably spoil them rotten, they absolutely adore hay and I like to buy them lots of different varieties. One of the hays that they particularly love is Burgess Excel Herbage which I buy from my local Pets at Home for £4.69 per 1kg bale. Excell herbage is fresh, green timothy hay with added dandelions and marigolds; dandelion aids urinary tract health whilst marigolds have the added bonus of helping to support the immune system whilst also being a tasty added extra.
This hay goes down an absolute treat with my trio, I have found that they tuck in with gusto compared to some hays that they take their time to get through; I usually mix this in with their everyday hay and they love foraging through it, finding the tasty bits first before getting stuck in to a mega eat-a-thon! I have found this hay not to be too dusty and neither has it been chopped too short, it isn't particularly stalky yet it isn't so soft that their teeth don't get a work out too. I have always found the hay to be of a very high quality, not like the brown, dead stuff you can buy from some pet shops; however it is quite expensive compared to some brands but you do get what you pay for.
Unfortunately I can only find it in 1kg bags and even whilst mixing it in with other hay it doesn't last as long as I would like; if I was to feed this hay on its own it would be expensive, I would probably get through at least 1 bale a week which adds up to a lot throughout the year. Generally I buy a bale of this about once a month and they have various other hays in the mean time. I would recommend it as a "treat" hay as piggies do seem to love it; this product is also suitable for rabbits, chinchillas and degus. My pigs definately give it the paws up!