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rabbit diet q's
« on: May 25, 2002, 05:29:43 PM »
can anyone out there tell me what they feed their rabbits? i dont want to feed him premixed stuff, since i make my own rat and dog food mixes --- buti dont know where to go for my rabbit! i want to have things set for him before cotton comes home! (hes a rescue rabbit, i am not sure if i will be putting him up for adoption or not)
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Re:rabbit diet q's
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2002, 06:30:04 PM »
There are actually a lot of good premium rabbit feeds available- that are actually GOOD for rabbits. (Unlike rat feed-grr.)

In Arizona I feed my rabbits a feed called Kruze, but it's not available here in North Carolina, so when my mom travels here with my rabbits next month I have to find a new brand- I will probably go with Purina Bunny Chow, since it's the most reputable brand I can find in my area.

I asked a very knowledgable rabbit-breeder friend of mine what to look for in my searches for a new feed, and this is what he told me:

Look for 2% fat, 16% protien, and 18%+ fiber.

Also, the first 3 ingredients should be Alfalfa meal, ground barley and wheat milrun (not necissarily in that order).

The following should be in the top 10, but not the top 3 ingredients: Ground corn, ground oats and cotton seed.

Now this is a feed that a breeder would feed a show quality animal, so if you can find a feed as close to that as possible, it should be good. :)

Edit- of course with added veggies that are rabbit safe, such as parsley and other greens, and carrots. :)
« Last Edit: May 25, 2002, 06:43:51 PM by Bonnie »
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Re:rabbit diet q's
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2002, 12:16:50 AM »
I think that the biggest part of a rabbit's (I'm assuming that this is an adult house rabbit) diet should be a good quality grass hay.  They should have that free choice to have all the time.  My girls (3 1/2 and 4 lbs each) also get at least 2 cups of organic greens each a day.  Pellets actually make up the smallest part of their diet.  They share 1/3 of a cup.  I think that as long as you choose a pellet with low protien, low fat and as high of fiber as you can get, that it's such a small part of their diet, it'll be ok.  Have you checked out the House Rabbit Society page?  

You might also check out this link for more info on diet.

Another big thing that I had to get used to with rabbits, since I was so used to rats was that they are complete herbivores.  That means no yougies, no cereal type stuff, nothing like I give my rats.  What my buns like for treats are herbs... they love basil, dill and mint.

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