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BBandus

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Good Evening,

We are collecting our 8 week of buck on Saturday but we are really struggling to get hold of Alfalfa hay, what should we do?
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Don't give them Alfalfa Hay, it makes the transition to Timothy Hay super difficult. If you give them Alfalfa-based pellets and Timothy hay (and of course water) they will do amazing!

Good luck with the baby bunny! Male rabbits tend to get aggressive and destructive at 12-16 weeks so I highly suggest getting him neutered at 12 weeks to keep that from happening.
 

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Good Evening,

We are collecting our 8 week of buck on Saturday but we are really struggling to get hold of Alfalfa hay, what should we do?
Thank you
You could try to order the hay off on Amazon or chewy. We couldn’t find any Alfala pellets for Arlo in the stores anywhere and had to ask the breeder for extra. We ordered to pellets off chewy and it came earlier than it was supposed to. But my baby bunny doesn’t eat alfalfa hay just halfala pellets (1/4) and unlimited Timothy grass hay and unlimited water. But I would stick to the diet he’s already eating since rabbits have very sensitive stomachs.
 

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Oxbow has alfalfa pellets available. Can be found online like Amazon and Chewy. I don't know if the product is available in the UK stores, though.
 

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For the first week at least,, sometimes two, it's recommended to stick to the same exact diet the baby bun is used to, unless it's causing serious digestive illness.

Baby rabbits have a delicate digestive system, and the stress of a new home can affect digestive function. So adding a change of food to that isn't a good idea. Usually the place you get the bunny from will give at least two weeks of pellets so you can transition your rabbit to the pellet you plan on feeding. If not, find out the exact same type and brand of pellets they feed, and get those to start with. After the bunny has had a week to settle in, if you are going to change pellet food types, a slow transition can usually be started after that first week. It should take two weeks to completely transition from one pellet type to the other, provided no mushy poop or digestive issues develop.

Like mentioned, alfalfa hay isn't necessary when alfalfa based pellets are fed. Feeding alfalfa hay in addition can actually be too rich of a diet, causing slower digestive function, excessive production of cecotropes that get left uneaten, and will usually make for a very picky rabbit that doesn't want to switch to a grass hay when they reach adulthood.

Alfalfa based pellets limited enough so that bun is eating a pile of good quality grass hay the size of their body per day, is what I prefer to do for baby rabbits. Then monitor droppings and weight/body condition to see if this diet is working well for your rabbit. There should be no uneaten cecals, no mushy poop, and normal round golden fecal poop. Body condition should be rounded and not bony along the back and hindquarters.

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That’s amazing, thank you.
The lady we are getting the bunny from is sending him home with a transitional kit, so I am presuming it’s food etc.
 

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Be sure this kit includes enough pellets to continue feeding for a week or so AND then still enough to mix with whatever new pellets you choose to purchase. As @JBun explained, the new pellets get mixed with the old to transition bunny slowly over so as not to upset the tummy.
 
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