Alfalfa Hay is a south asian perennial herb that has compound leaves. It is a legume and is originally from the middle eastern countries adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea and in Iran. It is is a perennial crop as it grows for many years after planting and is tended to be planted in the fall or the spring.
Its name originates from arabic and means ‘best fodder’
It is often used for forage for animals and is commonly eaten by hedgehogs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats or rabbits. It is also the preferred forage for horses.
So can gerbils eat alfalfa hay?
Alfalfa does contain a lot of calcium so be careful how much you give to them. It is not as good as other types of hay such as meadow or timothy but it is still fine for them to eat.
They can also eat alfalfa cubes and other types of alfalfa concoctions.