Rabbit goodies

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So I went bunny shopping…again. I got a few Naturals treats and a Living World salad bowl.

I have tried several of things from the Naturals range and I have been impressed with all of them. They are what they say they are ‘Natural’ and a perfect treat for your buns.

I myself mix them in to some forage and some hay so the buns have to root around to find the yumminess. 

I haven’t had anything from Living World before but I had heard good things. So they do a range of different salad bowls and I picked one at random. When opened it smells amazing and very tempting (for a rabbit). I mixed it all up with some readigrass and gave the buns two handfuls for them to much in their litter box.  Well lets just say it soon disappeared, not a trace was left.

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The salad I got contained parsley, parsnip, meadow grass and sweet pepper. So you can imagine why it smelt so delicious to a few hungry bunnies.

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This is a mixture of the Living World salad, some readigrass and the celery crunch from Naturals.

The buns love tucking in to this in their litter box when I sprinkle some over their hay. It keeps them quiet for a little bit whilst I clean up those poops that don’t make it into the litter box haha.

 

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My Rabbits Diet

Hello,

I know diet is such a HUGE part of caring for Rabbits properly I also know that if a rabbits diet is what can cause most problems thats vets see.  The last time I went to see my vet he told me that most complications/problems he sees is caused by a bad diet and he mentioned a few horrible stories 😦

So as we all know a buns diet should mainly consist of hay…more hay and more hay.                                             images

My buns prefer meadow hay at the moment so…pretty basic.  They have had excel hay in the past, they have had Burgess Excel Herbage and Burgess Excel Dandelion and Marigold. They also had Western Timothy Hay by Oxbow I believe.

My one rabbit Maisy.. (The black and white one) has what i call soft poop.  It isn’t runny it just looks a little moist and can be a little big. I went to the vets several times and we gave her a few different things but it didn’t change. Her weight didn’t falter at all. So we decided …this may just be what her poops are like.

Because of this though he thought it best to cut out the dandelion and marigold as it may be to sugary/rich for her and the same with the Timothy hay ..so that is how we got onto meadow hay..it seemed to be the most basic..

Rabbits need unlimited hay. It helps their digestion and also keeps their teeth down as their teeth never stop growing.  So hay should be available at all times.

My buns eat Burgess Excel Adult nuggets/pellets.  They have enough just to cover the bottom of their bowl twice a day.  My buns adore them, if it was up to them they wouldn’t eat anything else.  Rabbits do not need pellets so those that do have it shouldn’t be given too much.

Okay on to vegetables. Once again vegetables should be limited they contain lots of sugar and things that can be hard for bunnies to digest. My buns can’t eat an awful lot because they get really soft poops.

Everywhere you look on the internet are lists of rabbit suitable vegetables,fruits and herbs but they may not all agree with your rabbit.

Herbs tend to suit my buns better. Things like Mint and different types of parsley. They also like spring greens/kale/romaine lettuce/tomato’s / strawberries…ok this would be a long lost if i went on.

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I keep all my veg in plastic containers in the fridge with a wet kitchen towel on the bottom and one on the top and it lasts for much longer. My buns only get veg a few times a week.  I know others get it every day but I think it really depends on the rabbit.

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In the picture above you can see a black bin to the right of their hutch. In here is where I keep all their daily things. I have a bag of hay a little container of pellets that normally lasts just over a week. Everything stays dry in here and its handy right next to them. I keep the rest of my things in a large cupboard in the garage.

Diet can differ with rabbits just like it does with humans, it can effect them in many different ways. Any change that is made to a rabbits diet must be done slowly, it must be a slow transition so as not to upset their stomach.

Let me know what you feed your buns and  any comments are welcome.

Nat x

Bunny Introductions

ImageThis little bun is Sophie. She is a dutch rabbit and full of mischief with a big personality.  She was born in Feb 2013.  My nephew named her Sophie after a girl at pre-school.

Sophie loves to explore and always gets in to places she knows she isn’t supposed to. A whole room to go in…she wants to get in the cornered off part where all the electric cables are. She also loves to hide under the sofa and eat any little bits of food that may have dropped down through gaps in the cushions. 

Pellets are her favourite food but she is very good with her vegetables and hay …though if pellets are there the rest don’t get looked at.   She also enjoys throwing things around..I find it hard to tell if she likes it or if she is just throwing things out of her way that annoy her…it makes me laugh even if she is annoyed haha. I’ve learnt that if i put chews/toys in their hutch Sophie tends to move them all to one corner so they aren’t in her way…she would much rather chew on her stairs …not an impressed bun mum.

 

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This beautiful face is Maisy she was also born in Feb 2013. I believe she is some sort of English mix but we aren’t sure. 

Maisy is a lot quieter and much more shy than Sophie. Even now she can run and hide in the sheltered part of their hutch from me if she thinks I might be getting her out. 

I’ve discovered in the last 2 weeks that Maisy loves willow. She seems to love destroying whatever she can if its made of willow. She is also much more happy to just loaf around than doing any hopping and binkying (unlike Sophie who does it quite often).

 

The buns are outdoor rabbits they live in a two storey hutch in a place that doesn’t get the wind/rain so much and that also isn’t always in the Sun during summer. I have a big run out in the summer which they are in most of the time though they can’t be left on their own as we get birds of prey fly over and also cats that I’ve seen watching them. Plus naughty Sophie learnt how to jump out ( I have since got a taller run) and she taught Maisy, so I would look up to find them taking free run eating things they shouldn’t. 

 

Anyway thats the buns. If you would like to know any more then let me know 

Nat x