After reading lot's of brilliant reviews about the Trixie metal salad rack, I decided to ahead go ahead and buy One from one of my guinea pigs with the intentions of if it works I will buy another one for the other guinea pig! I ordered one from zooplus, it was the cheapest I could find at £2.75.
The metal rack is advertised for holding salad or vegetables, I wasn't sure if this would work with hay at first. After trying hay in it I found it can be a bit messy, it does drop out and just looks a mess dangling bits of hay and loose hay messy on the floor ... However, when I used a better quality hay which was thicker/stiffer, it did tend to hold a good amount of it without if falling everywhere. I don't bother putting hay in it now because I was worried that the hay would poke my guinea in the eye when he was stretching up for it! I prefer to put soft food in there for him.
The rack itself is made from metal, it has hooks on it for you to hook on to the bars of the cage. Once it is hooked up it is quite sturdy, and it does tend to stay in place. It is easy to fill up with lots of your pets favorite food - my guinea pig loves salad so I just pile it all in for him to munch on!
Easy to clean and keeps the food neatly all in one place - you will get bits that drop on the floor or bits that your pet has dragged out but decided not to eat! All in all though, it does keep the cage looking neater.
As anyone who has read my profile or any of my previous reviews will be aware, I am the owner of 5 guinea pigs... or rather in this instance they own me! My boys make up quite a large chunk of my life and I will be the first to admit that they are indeed quite spoilt. I use fleece bedding for my boys and whilst it is lovely and soft for their little paws the downside is that hay doesn't half stick to it, this is a nightmare come washing day as despite vigorous shaking and sweeping with a bristle brush, little hay bits always remain and there is always the worry that the washer will clog up with the stuff.
To try and relieve the problem I use racks in my cages rather than piling the hay up in a corner as I used to do, I also have litter trays underneath the racks to try and contain the hay further. For some reason my boys are rather fussy when it comes to racks and I have tried numerous types and varieties over the years, they aren't keen on ones with only small gaps as these make it harder for them to pull the hay out, being rather lazy piggies mine tend to give up and sulk instead of perservering.
One of the hay racks I have had success with is this one by the french brand, Trixie. I bought mine a couple of years ago from zooplus and at the time I recall it costing me less than £3.00. The rack is meant for holding salad, vegetables and the like but I find it just fine for hay, the wider spacing between the bars means that the piggies can easily pull the hay out from the bottom and sides but the hay is contained and doesn't just drop out messily on the floor of the cage.
The rack itself is constructed out of strong metal; it's sturdy and not something flimsy that is easily bendable or broken. It also has nifty little hooks for holding it on to the bars of the cage; my boys are quite boisterous at times and have managed to knock it off on to the cage floor but these instances are few and far between so this doesn't detract from the product. The surface is smooth and I imagine would be easily wiped clean, though as mine only ever has hay in it I haven't really needed to wash it thus far. Another note I would say is that whilst the rack is quite large and you can stuff a fair amount of hay in there, for bunnies or more than one piggy I'd personally invest in more than one rack just to be on the safe side as your pet should always have unlimited amounts of hay and never be without it :)
Sturdy metal salad rack for all kinds of greenery.