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.
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.
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.
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.