- First cut hay: Has lots of seed heads and stems; rather tough and irregular; slightly lower in nutrition; slightly higher in fiber; tends to be lighter in color, with more yellow/brown parts; tends to be harder to digest;
- Second cut hay: Some seed heads; softer than first cut; fewer stems; more uniform; more nutritious than first cut hay; darker green color than first cut;
- Third cut hay: Very few seed heads and stems, very soft; lower fiber content.
Here's an image showing the difference, courtesy of Small Pet Select's blog:
|I wish those two hays were in front of me right now so I could nibble on both of them!|
Looks like I can eat my hay in peace--Oh, look who just showed up.
Lola got randomly spooked. That was odd.
|I'm hiding off to the side (off-camera) so Lola can't see me.|
We give it 4/5 stars!