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Hay for substrate

Discussion in 'General Tegu Discussion' started by AlphaAlpha, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. AlphaAlpha

    AlphaAlpha Active Member

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    Has anyone ever used HAY in the mixture for Substrate? Or have any valid reason why it couldn't be used?

    As dead grass I would think mixed in with soil it would form a great insulator, hold moisture and it cheap and light weight.. :D:tegu:
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    I though someplace I read it was a no-go because of the bacteria it harbors......I think if it was a good idea, most of us would be using it since cypress mulch in pet stores is so expensive....
  3. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I think that hay can get dangerously moldy.
  4. Zyn

    Zyn Active Member

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    Hay will also grow weeds in your substrate :p lol I think you mean straw and once wet it molds quickly.
  5. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Thanks, Zyn. Yes, straw.
  6. AlphaAlpha

    AlphaAlpha Active Member

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    Ok guys just a thought
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    AlphaAlpha Active Member

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    Hi Guys ....
    Mixed some pet store bought HAY into my substrate and filled 1 of Alphas hides with it not long after I posted this post and just thought I'd update my post......

    My substrate now seams to hold moisture better and it has well bulked it up for little expense, the only down side I found was it took quite a while of constantly turning over the substrate to get it all mixed in.

    Alpha has also changed hides and loves being insulated in the dead grass. He also never burrowed before and now he does even if it is just through clumps of hay.

    I've had NO problems with mould or smell (which I did worry about).
  8. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Thanks for the update.
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