So, currently, Lacey is just eating grass. Her new home (at my neighbor's house) has about 3 acres for her to munch on and it wasn't grazed hardly at all over the summer so there's enough grass for her to eat as much as she wants.
She's also getting a little chubby! But that's ok with me since I'd prefer that she was chunky as opposed to skinny, especially at her age and going into winter.
So, basically, I'm wondering when I should start putting hay out for her... How short should I let the grass get? Right now, since the hay I have for her is pretty yucky (in her opinion. It's basically just baled pasture grass) she wouldn't eat it if I put it out since she has plenty of grass still.
Also, if the grass is mostly all "tall" grass (maybe a few feet tall?) in most places, and since she has 3 acres of it, how soon do you suppose she'll get that all eaten? I haven't seem a real change in the grass length in the two weeks she's been eating on it, so basically I'm wondering if I won't need all that much to get her to next spring with no worries... Maybe a month and a half? Longer? Shorter?
Thanks! I appreciate the help! Also, for Oregon people:
what's a reasonable hay price? I've been told everything from $3.50 a bale for 50lb bales of eastern Oregon (however, the guy knew me somehow and was trying to flirt, so that might have had something to do with the price...hahaha) to $4.50 for some backyard baled stuff...
And then at a feed store they wanted $16 for 120lb bales of Eastern Oregon.
Are my legs being pulled by any of this? I'm thinking, that if I end up not needing all that much hay, the feed store might be my best bet since I really can't store all that much and 120 pounds should last Lacey for a while...
However, I realize that the $3.50 a bale is probably the best deal, but since I can only store about twenty bales at a time... But maybe the guy could help me figure something out, he told me that he would "love" to deliver it. Hahahahaha!
Thanks for any and all help!