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DIY Hay Dispenser Ideas

DIY Hay Dispensers

Straight From Willow’s Tunnel 

Since hay is an integral part of our everyday diet (consisting of 80% of our food per day), mom and her sister have been trying to think of a cheap, and cute, way to dispense the hay without it getting all over. I don’t see it as a problem. Hay is comfy and delicious so I don’t know why they think it goes to waste if we had a hay bin. Sure it can get on the fleece and carpet, and sure it’s comfy to use as toilet paper (two in one usage!), but if the hay ever gets anywhere? I mean, it wouldn’t be there long. I would eat it up. Even if poop gets on it. (Trust me, it doesn’t affect the taste much.) But see? No wasting will happen with this cavy.

Mom doesn’t think that it’s very hygienic – whatever that means – to eat the hay I’ve used as toilet paper. Plus, there’s something called “looking nice” that she wants to follow. She was quick to add that she thinks hay bins look nice, but she has no talent to cut a nice hole in a bin. (Basically, she’s lazy. She doesn’t mention it, but I know it’s most likely because she’s allergic to hay and if I sleep on it, she wouldn’t be so keen to snuggle.)

In searching for an alternative to a hay bin, they started compiling a list. I chewed the corner of the list to make sure the paper was good enough for them to use, and decided to help out and type the list for everyone down farther on the page. 



Most of us are on a budget, not all, but some of us. We want to have safe and effective hay dispensers without paying the money for it. Here’s a couple of options!

Using Everyday Items

  • Boxes (i.e. Cereal, Noodle)
  • Oatmeal Container

Bit More Fancy

  • Cloth Pouches

There are many other options that you can do from creating your very own by doing woodwork, or by being crafty and creative, but these are two easy options for DIY that work with any budget.

 (Willow enjoying his new hay dispenser.)



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