Best food for my rabbits?

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  1. Jul 13, 2019 #1

    Heather.A

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    so I have a few different rabbits and for their pellet food, I use dumor, I’ve used a variety from that brand (depending on age and other things) but I have a question about something else. I always browse the horse isle when stocking up (I buy the Timothy hay bales for my rabbits), and I noticed one of the horse foods is straight up Timothy pellets (there were no other ingredients). Is that something that could be beneficial for my rabbits? Is it something that could replace their normal pellets?
    Sorry if this is a stupid question, I haven’t had enough time yet to properly research it, but I though maybe someone with more experience could help me!

    (I’m also brand new to this site, so if I did anything wrong I apologize!)
     
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    There is no advantage or reason to offer pellets that are purely timothy hay. Since your rabbits are already eating actual (long strands of) timothy hay, then they would not be getting any more nutrients by eating timothy hay in a different form (pellets). It would serve no purpose or benefit.
     
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    You can't replace their normal pellets with timothy pellets, their normal pellets have vitamins and nutrients that the timothy pellets don't.
     
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    As others stated before me, if your rabbits eat good quality hay, they don't need pellets. I choose to give my rabbits a small amount of pellets twice a day because if my rabbits ever stop eating, I notice the pellets in the bowl, and it is a food that can be measured, where as hay is a little harder to tell. Rabbits when they get older may develop teeth problem and have trouble eating enough calories, so then you might need to supplement with pellets. Timothy pellets are a good choice for healthy rabbits that eat a variety of food. Alfalfa is higher in calories, so it might be the best choice for rabbits that need to gain weight. As for pregnant or nursing rabbits, I know nothing about that. I have spent most of my time with elderly rabbits.
     
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    A good quality timothy pellet will be fortified with vitamins and minerals. All brand are not equal.
     
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    Okay, that all makes sense! Thanks for all of your help!
     

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