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I realized today that Starling and Pidge, who are housed together, are eating 2 cups of pellets a day. They have unlimited alfalfa too with a bit of timothy mixed in occasionally for kicks.

I give them a measured cup in the morning and again by mid afternoon.

Free feeding under a year is free feeding, but man...is this too much?

Pidge barely weighs over a pound and Starling isn't much over 2 pounds. They we both born in April of this year.

(Starling is an English Lop / Mini Lop mix and Pidge is a full American Fuzzy Lop).

They were both the runts of their litters! Their littermates are all twice as big. TWICE as BIG. Is this making up for their wee-ness?

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They are completely mowing the hay down. I give them a generous handful that fills one end of their rectangle litter box. It takes them the day to eat it all so I don't normally have to refill the hay till the following morning.

I've been offering them steel cut oats too once or twice a week. They'll comsume that plus the hay and pellets.

They're getting Blue Seal brand Hutch 16.

Porkers!
 

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When Gary was still growing I was shocked at how much he could chow. He topped out just a smidge over 3 pounds, but once he wasn't growing so much he has slowly stopped eating so many pellets. He was eating at least a cup a day himself.

They will also eat more if they are high energy and running around a lot. It sounds pretty normal to me but I havn't had lots of babies.
 

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They are pretty high energy...they run circles around me. Gubble and Molly are smitten with them. I haven't let Atticus run around with them yet because he's so much heavier and larger than them. He's poked around their enclosure though.

They are ON me when I feed and water in the morning. They usually have a few sprigs of hay and pellets left, but they are tumbling over each other to get at the new stuff. Matthias is only 4 months old, and I raised him up since birth and he doesn't even eat a single cup of pellets a day.

These bunnies. I love them so.
 

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Pidge can down a cup a day or so, have to rsfill bowl 2-3 times a day Nd a flake lasts about 2 days between the 3! Murphy does about a cup a day. Bsbys like eating. :) i wouldnt worry about it much you dont wanna pull their food
 

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It may be different for the giant breeds, but I think that unlimited pellets stops at 8 or 9 months, when they're just about done growing.
 

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Lol how does starling eat? Is she a big pig?? Murphy shoves her head in the bowl lol. Murphys sittin on the couch nomming my kindle jumping on it creating words lol
 

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Hahaha. Oh noes!

Starling shoves her face into the bowl and scatters pellets left to right. It's like she dents the pellets. Pidge eats daintily and a bit at a time. :p
 

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My pidge too!! He grabs a pellet and lifts his his and has this kingly look to him lol so sophisticated. Maybe its a baby lop thing? Ha
 

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Finn who looks like our Checkered Giant Serena eats more hay than her even though she is 4 times his size. They are both very active bunnies too.
 

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It's so weird. I guess I was expecting some sort of "across the border" eating habit from all my buns. Noooope!

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