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post #1 of 8 Old 08-22-2011, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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How much alfalfa pellets does it take to = 1 alfalfa flake?

Our feed store is out of alfalfa hay and will be for sometime. Because of this huge drought in Texas, they are having to get their hay out of state and they're having some problems.

They carry alfalfa pellets and that's what I'll have to use until they get more. I've been feeding my mare one flake of alfalfa 2x daily. How much alfalfa pellets would equal the same amount of a normal flake? I know the size of flakes ranges, but anything in the ballpark would be fine! I would just look on the bag for directions, but it's blank: no description, name, or anything.

Thanks for your help!

P.S. I'm trying to put weight back on this mare and the diet she is on right now is helping her gain. I really can't afford to not give her any alfalfa because it's so crucial to her diet right now.

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It really depends on how heavy your flakes are, if they are about 5lbs(i think that's about a standard flake) then give 5lbs of pellets/flake. If she isn't on pasture or regular hay tho it would be best(if possible) to give her alfalfa cubes since the pellets aren't long stem forage and won't help keep her gut working the way actual hay does. if you can only get the pellets then try to get some other type of hay(cubes, bales or chopped) in addition to the pellets.

ETA:I give my old gelding 4lbs of alfalfa pellets 3x a day to help him gain weight. 1 3qt scoop weighs just about 3lbs

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I'd like to know too. My 30 yo is on 2/3 scoop of alfalfa and 1/3 scoop senior pellets and it's been amazing. I've never been able to keep weight on her like this. Those pellets are like Magic!
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It really depends on how heavy your flakes are, if they are about 5lbs(i think that's about a standard flake) then give 5lbs of pellets/flake. If she isn't on pasture or regular hay tho it would be best(if possible) to give her alfalfa cubes since the pellets aren't long stem forage and won't help keep her gut working the way actual hay does. if you can only get the pellets then try to get some other type of hay(cubes, bales or chopped) in addition to the pellets.
Rachel, I should have mentioned this in my original post, but she was getting 1 coastal flake WITH the alfalfa. Do you think that would be enough to keep her digestive system working smoothly? Her diet consist of Triple Crown Senior, Hard Keeper Solution (SmartPak product), and both type of hay.

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Oh, and she's on pasture 24/7, but we don't have much grass to munch on. Like I said, our drought is terrible down here!

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5lb of alfalfa in a pellet = 5lb of alfalfa in a flake

Hope the math doesn't scare anyone today!
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Rachel1786 has it. One pound of pellets equals one pound of hay.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-23-2011, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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haha, thanks everyone. I just got done measuring how many lbs of pellets are in the scoop I use. Problem solved! Thanks again!

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