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Feed Rabbits Right

Rabbits will eat plenty of things, but it's your responsibility to give them the proper nutrients. Give optimal quality rations to help your rabbits grow and reproduce.
  • Storey's Guide

    Bob Bennet gives the important details of rabbit care in "Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits." Here, he outlines what rabbits should eat for a balanced diet to grow and reproduce.

    Date Published: March 20, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Pellets as Ideal Feed

    "The pellets now available in sacks got there only on the basis of a complete understanding of what the rabbit requires," says Bennet. Pellets contain the nutrients rabbits need: alfalfa hay, protein, phosphorus, calcium, minerals, and vitamins. Pellets with 16 percent protein levels are sufficient for milk production in a doe raising a litter and for a young, growing rabbit. Higher protein levels aren't necessary. 16 percent feeds also have high-fiber percentages to prevent digestive issues for your rabbits.

    Ingredients of different pellet brands may vary slightly, but all varieties should have what your rabbit needs. Pair pellet feed with clean drinking water, and your rabbits will be happy and healthy. 

    Date Published: March 20, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Feeding Simplified

    Feeding your rabbits with pellets also makes feeding less complicated, with more predictable results. "If you feed pellets, it is an easy matter to calculate how much to feed and when," says Bennet. "If you feed anything else, judging the amount is a difficult task because nonpelleted feed is not easy to measure." 

    Date Published: March 20, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
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    Feed Supplements

    Pellet feed may be supplemented with other items. "You're better off not trying them until you get used to your rabbits. Supplemental foods will complicate your feeding schedule," says Bennet. Nevertheless, supplements can help you reach your objectives. 

    Put together your own feed with the following instructions based on dry roughages, greens (including roots and tubers), and concentrates. 

    Date Published: March 20, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
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    Dry Roughages and Greens

    "Dry roughages include alfalfa hay, clover, lespedeza, oat hay, peanut hay, soybean, timothy, and vetch," says Bennet. "Greens that provide sources of rabbit feed are carrot, rutabaga, sweet potato, and turnip greens, along with lettuce." Wash all the greens thoroughly before feeding. 

    Date Published: March 20, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Concentrates

    Among the concentrates are barley, dried beet pulp, bread, brewer's yeast, buckwheat, corn, cottonseed and linseed meals, milk, oats, peanut meal, sorghum meal, soybean meal, and wheat. Bennet says that if you like, you can mix up rations of these items by calculating the percentage of protein, roughage, and fat they'll give your rabbits. "Some grains will have to be ground, cracked, or rolled. You should feed concentrate rations in a feeder with seperate compartments or in separate dishes, because the rabbits are likely to scratch them out, preferring some to others, and wast them." Watch how much your rabbits eat; some may eat more of one thing than another. 

    Date Published: March 20, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
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    Feeding Guidelines

    "Young, growing, unweaned, and just-weaned rabbits should be fed all the rabbit pellets they will eat in a day," says Bennet. After time with your rabbits, you'll figure out this amount. Adult rabbits of the medium-weight group consume about 5 ounces of pellets a day; give more or less depending on the individual and the ambient temperature. In a cold environment, feed more; if it's warm, feed less. 

    Females with litters should have pellets available at all times. Except for does with litters, rabbits do not need feed in front of them constantly. To provide extra feed, constant access to hay will give rabbits something to munch on. 

    Date Published: March 20, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018

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