Hay Expert delivery

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I was SUPER excited yesterday to receive my order from The Hay Experts http://www.thehayexperts.co.uk

I placed the order on Saturday 11th and it arrived on Tuesday 14th so was impressed with delivery time. It is obviously quicker to come when ordered on working days.

You get emailed with a time for estimated delivery and it came within that time, on purchase you can give delivery instructions or arrange a certain delivery day.

So I opened up this beauty and it smelt amazing! It was well packaged and there was no damage to anything.

Okay so what did I get?

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I got a bag of Readigrass by Friendly Estates.

A bag of Vitaverde hay and peppermint by Vitakraft

A bag or birch leaves by The Hay Experts

The sample bag set which contains 6 different types of hay for your bunnies to sample so you can test what they will prefer without it costing you a fortune.

I also bought a few willow toys and pinecones (but more on them another day)

Okay so the hay..

I bought Readigrass because it said on the website what a high fibre food it was.  I had been slightly worried about my Sophie’s poops as they have been a bit small and dark which I’ve heard can be due to low fibre.

Since purchasing I’ve spoken to a few people who have said Readigrass shouldn’t be fed all to often as its high in calcium. So just a few handfuls a day.

Well lets just say the buns wolfed it down!

I don’t blame them either because it smelt AMAZING. I just sprinkled some in with their pellets and a little in with their hay and it disappeared pretty quick.

They have also tried the deans meadow hay sample which they also seemed to like so I have already ordered a bag of that haha.

Today I have given them the hay and peppermint. Whilst they are eating it ..I think it’s only because thats all they have.. They normally start eating hay straight after their pellets but the hay and peppermint seems to stick around longer.  I bought this one as the buns love their mint with their vegetables but it doesn’t seem to have the same impact with this hay.

So we are going to spend the next week working our way through the different samples and seeing what the buns like best and I shall be on bun poop watch to see how things go haha.

I would definitely recommend The Hay Experts website. The prices are very reasonable and delivery was very quick and easy.

I will be purchasing from them again thats for sure… I just have to find the space to put it all.

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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