Not weird - it's not right.
We supplement the hay with grains. Our young stock is basically on free choice hay. If we had to give up one or the other, the grain would go. Even our feed representative says that.
Ideally the youngsters would have a BETTER quality hay that is easier to digest. A lot of pot bellies on weanlings are due to undigested roughage due to quality.
That would be MY ideal solution- better quality hay, which is unfortunately not easy to come by around here. Hence the question about alfalfa cubes. I had already noticed he was starting to get a bit of a pot belly, even though I thought he was skinny when I got him. He has been dewormed, so it's not that either. It's also hard to judge at this point because he has an EXTREMELY long, shaggy winter coat. My first trial of the cubes today was a sloppy mess! I think I added too much water and they were not impressed at the thought of "wet" food. Banjo, the 2-year old who is a bit of a pig started scarfing it down immediately and ended up with it all over his nose and chin. He kept taking big mouthfuls and then swinging his head around and doing the lip thing, while spraying green slime all over the place. The little guy was not sure what to do with it so I started feeding it to him by hand and ended up with it all over my clothes, in my hair and everything! I think they enjoyed the taste, but I will have to experiment a bit to figure out just the right amount of water to add. Another bonus, I decided, is that it's a better way to get their powdered supplement into them (or any medication, if necessary). I've been giving it with their grain but a lot of it ends up just falling to the bottom of the bucket and being wasted.