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Offline flo4sal

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Proper food for rabbits
« on: January 25, 2010, 11:48:36 AM »
My daughter's teacher has two rabbits.  I'm not sure of their age but I do know she's had them for a few years.  She feeds them Hartz rabbit food.  As a rat owner, I know Hartz and other pet store brands are pure garbage, loaded with sugar and fat.  I would like to buy her some rabbit pellets.  I feed my rats Harlan Teklad 2014 (14%) protein.  Is this brand, at a lower protein concentration good for rabbits.  I am also going to get her lots of greens which I hope she is buying for them besides the alfalfa hay.  Could someone let me know what I can get for her rabbits, and where from?  Thanks, Florence

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Re: Proper food for rabbits
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2010, 12:28:39 PM »
Rabbits over 6 months should be eating a limited amount of timothy-based pellets. They really only need about a tablespoon a day. They act as a multi vitamin while the staple of their diet should be timothy hay or other grass hays (bluegrass, oat, ect). Alfalfa hay is very calcium rich and can create bladder sludge and other problems. It should only be given as a treat every now and then. Since rabbits are herbivores they should be allowed access to timothy hay at all times. Grazing keeps a rabbit relaxed and helps keep their sensitive GI tract running.
You're right... the Hartz food is probably crap. When choosing a pellet read the ingredient list and make sure it is timothy based. Alfalfa is cheaper so it is more common in cheaper foods. Next, see the nutrition facts.. A good rabbit pellet has very high fiber (18%). Here is a good article on rabbit diet... http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/diet.html That website is a wealth of information.
I buy Oxbow T pellets at Petsmart or online at petfooddirect.com (they have a much better price). I get all my hay online from either http://www.kmshayloft.com/ or http://www.sweetmeadowfarm.com/ and so far I like Kleen Mama's hay better.

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Re: Proper food for rabbits
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2010, 08:53:51 AM »
Thank you very much for the information provided.  You were extremely helpful.  I will use those web sites to order.