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    Re: [RC] [Guest] Rats and Hay Sheds - Sullivan

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Barbara McCrary" <bigcreekranch@xxxxxxxxxx>
      We now have grass and alfalfa hay, which the horses LOVE
    > and clean up much better than the oat hay, which the rats loved.  We think
    > the rats won't be attracted to the new hay because it doesn't have the
    > seeds.  It was pretty gross with all those rats.  We turned over a few
    > boards we had stored there and at least a dozen rats scampered across the
    > floor.
    > Barbara
    I like feeding good oat hay for several reasons.  My daughters picky mare
    likes it, and a vet
    told me it is slightly acidic, so if you feed any alfalfa ,the oat hay
    acidity helps counteract
    the formation of enteroliths....
    Anyway, yes, it does attract mice.  I typically get 4 tons of oat hay every
    year, and store much of
    it outside (whatever I can feed before rains come)...and I feed it
    first.....leaving me with barn stored
    grass and alfalfa for the winter.
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    [RC] [Guest] Rats and Hay Sheds, Ridecamp Moderator
    Re: [RC] [Guest] Rats and Hay Sheds, Barbara McCrary