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Old 09-20-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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My sister just got a baby bunny. 10 week old male. She told me that all they feed him is pellets and i told her that wasn't right he was to have hay. I know the pellets and hay are unlimited. But I need more info. I have never owned a baby rabbit so I dont know exactly what their diet should be and when it changes. Let me know so I can let her know. Thanks Here is her and her bunny





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Old 09-20-2012, 04:43 PM   #2
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It should be unlimited hay & alfalfa pellets until they're nearly full-grown. That's later for giants than for other breeds.

Veggies must be introduced slowly. I'm not sure at what age people usually start doing that. Not yet, though.

PS - For a more secure hold, the lower hand should probably be in the rump or feet area.



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Old 09-20-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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Does it matter what kind of hay? I told her alfalfa pellets, but not the pellets with the colored pieces. I told her to get oxbow. Also, I said to not give him any veggies until I got more information. i also explained to her how to hold him after I saw that picture. Her boyfriend bought her the rabbit so she never got to do any research before she got him. So I am trying to teach her as much as can but its hard because she is 4 hours away at college. But she is bringing him home with her for thanksgiving so i can really teach her about him. She is saving her money to get him neutered, so that is good.

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Old 09-20-2012, 04:51 PM   #4
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definitely didnt notice I put this is the housing section. Meant to put it in the nutrition section...can a mod please move this...thank you

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Old 09-20-2012, 06:38 PM   #5
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I would feed Timothy hay to the bunnie. I raised many litters on Timothy and they all turned out great. If she does not want to buy a bale of hay and Oxbow hay is too expensive then tell her to buy Vitakraft hay. I got a 28oz bag at Petsmart for $4. Shiny Things LOVES it. Beauty is a pill and will not eat ANY hay (I have bought 2 full sized bales and 2 mini bales and still nothing).

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Old 09-20-2012, 08:35 PM   #6
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:55 PM   #7
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I pulled this off of the House Rabbit Society's page:

What quantities of food should I feed babies and "teenagers"?

  • Birth to 3 weeks--mother's milk
    3 to 4 weeks--mother's milk, nibbles of alfalfa and pellets
    4 to 7 weeks--mother's milk, access to alfalfa and pellets
    7 weeks to 7 months--unlimited pellets, unlimited hay (plus see 12 weeks below)
    12 weeks--introduce vegetables (one at a time, quantities under 1/2 oz.)
What quantities of food should I feed young adults? (7 months to 1 year)
  • introduce timothy hay, grass hay, and oat hays, decrease alfalfa
    decrease pellets to 1/2 cup per 6 lbs. body weight
    increase daily vegetables gradually
    fruit daily ration no more than 1 oz. to 2 oz. per 6 lbs. body weight (because of calories)
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:54 PM   #8
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Yes, no veggies/fruits until 12 weeks

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Old 09-20-2012, 11:15 PM   #9
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We use orchard grass instead of timothy--way less allergy problems and less dust too.

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Old 09-21-2012, 01:30 AM   #10
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Nancy McClelland wrote:
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We use orchard grass instead of timothy--way less allergy problems and less dust too.
Do you know if Bermuda is also fine to use as a timothy substitute?



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