Bunny eating wrong poop PLEASE HELP!

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    So I've searched everywhere online about this issue and I cant find any actual solution or reasoning behind this behavior. My bunny has been eating her normal poops and spitting them out, leaving piles of crumbled up poop everywhere. From what I've noticed this has been happening at night and she'll have a huge pile of crumbled up poop where she slept. She likes going under my bed to rest at night and shell leave those under my bed sometimes shell sleep in bed with me and I'll wake up to a bunch of crumbled up poop. It's getting tiring picking up after all those. During the day she'll sniff some random pieces and eat and spit out but not as much as night time. Is there any way to stop this behavior? Any advice would be great!
     
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    What does the poop she is eating look like ?
    Provide a picture if you can .
     
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    Oh... you mean her normal poop ?
    Okay . sorry
     
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    I know one of my bucks does this every time he happen to poop in the bed. He try to eat them up then I just see the droppings crumble and make a huge mess. Only happens in the bed, I just took all the droppings before he could eat them. Also after neutering I have never seen him do that again. Because he stopped scatter his droppings
     
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    I've had a rabbit do it on occasion. Diet could possibly have something to do with it, like she's not getting enough fiber or something. What's her exact diet like?
     
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    Her diet is small amount of pellets 2 cups of greens a day small amount of treats and unlimited hay and water. Shes on Timothy hay first cut as well.
     
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    Ty for the advice!
     
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    What type and brand of pellets? What is a "small amount"? What treats? How much? What greens?
     
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    Pellet brand is sherwood adult food I dont measure it since I've been weaning her off of it slowly. The vet had told me to give her unlimited pellets and hay. Treats usually like half a strawberry twice a day or the equivalent. Sometimes oxbow baked treats (apple and banana) about twice a day as well. Sometimes she'll have a rose. The greens I get her are prepackaged. An example is organic girl mixed greens. I'll also add some lettuce some cilantro some parsley some mint. Sometimes shell have cucumber or brocolli in the mixture. This started since I first got her. I don't know about her history before that since she was an abandoned bunny. Not sure of her age or breed. Looks like a lionhead but not sure if anything else specifically. B612_20190917_194706_790.jpg
     
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    How old it’s your bunny and she should only have treats 1-3 times a week. Best would be less. So your bunny get quite a lot of treats during the day especially when she have unlimited pellets and also veggies.

    So with all that yummy food, she won’t eat the amount of hay she’s supposed to do

    Some bunnies will eat the food given than the hay. Because they taste more
     
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    My bunny hasn't been eating enough hay since I started feeding the pellets unlimited she eats a bit more since I've cut down. Before the unlimited pellets her diet was about the same and she would eat hay all day. I'll be sure to cut down on the treats. Thank you I actually thought they could have treats everyday just a small amount.
     
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    I wouldn’t recommend treats with unlimited pellets. Myself have never given my bunnies an unlimited pellets diet. If the bunny was growing, I gave a bit more. Keeping an eye on how the droppings looks like and balancing the pellets amount to the droppings.

    Then when they stopped growing they got less pellets ^-^

    For example my holland lop mix, he got 1/2 cup pellets when he was growing. Around 7-8 months, he got only 1 tbs of pellets.

    So if your bunny it’s around 6 months and a dwarf bunny. I would try to measure the amount of food and decrease it. Larger breeds would need food a longer time ^^

    You can later use the daily ratio of pellets as treats during the day. I often walk around with a little pellets in my pockets which my bunnies can have
     
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    Her poops have gotten a lot better since switching to sherwood pellets. Before they were pretty irregular. She was also on a normal adult diet before and was underweight she gained some weight with the increase in pellets but shes still super teeny I just have no idea what her breed is if shes a dwarf bunny or how much she weighs... the vet didnt want to weigh her because she was too outta control apparently. I'm thinking shes still pretty young but not positive. Anyone have any suggestions on her breed/age? I'm thinking shes a lionhead at least not sure if dwarf... 20190921_213656.jpg
     
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    Also are too many treats really the cause of her wanting to eat her normal poops?
     
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    A few possibilities that I can think of are that she needs more fiber in her diet and less carbs/sugars, so she is chewing on her normal poops because she is craving fiber. So less fruit, and possibly reducing pellet amount if she can maintain a healthy body weight on reduced pellets. It's usually recommended they eat a pile of hay the size of their body per day. It's important to monitor her body condition to make sure she isn't getting boney on less pellets.

    A very small portion of treats can usually be given daily if it doesn't create any digestive issues or cause the fecal poop to get too small. But I would try no treats for at least a week first to see if it clears up the problem. If not then gradually bring treats back in, but only one a day(fruit, oxbow treat, even flowers like roses are considered more a treat and less a veggie) and given in a small amount,

    Other possibility is that she is doing it as she is waiting for her cecotropes to be expelled to consume those. So kind of munching on her fecal poop as the cecotropes are coming out.

    Then it could also just be an odd habit of hers. The only possibility that has a solution would be if it is a dietary problem causing it.

    She looks like a lionhead mix. Can't tell her age.
     
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    Tysm for the advice I'll definitely try removing treats for a week to see how that goes. I'm also cutting down on her pellets, so shes been eating more hay.
     

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