My guy was originally getting three flakes of hay in the morning, early afternoon, and evening. The BO has had to change the feeding schedule so that they get three flakes in the morning, at around 8-9am, and don't get their 'lunch' now until around 5. I don't really like him going that long with only three flakes of hay, so I was thinking about picking up some alfalfa\timothy hay cubes and one of the boarders who lives at the barn says she will be able to throw out in a bucket every morning before leaving for work. I figure this will give him a bit more to munch on during the day.
My question is though, since he's never had alfalfa before, how should I wean him onto it? His current hay is just regular grass hay. Also, how much should I give him to equal about 2 flakes? The Bo does not weigh the flakes, so I'm not sure how many lbs he should be getting of the cubes- does say 2lbs of cubes= 2 lbs of baled hay?
Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I want to make sure I go about this correctly. Is it safe to give the hay cubes right after being grained, along with 3 flakes of hay?
Any advice is appreciated.
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