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BlueCamasRabbitry

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I have lots of small scraps mixed in the bottom of my hay bin (among the "crumbs" - what should I do with these? It's like dust, but just really broken down hay pieces...I don't know if I should just toss them into the compost pile - they'd probably blow away?- or could i mix them up with the "batter" for hay cubes?) and I was thinking of making some hay cubes for the bunnies.

They go through a LOT of hay. Usually one bale (about 100 lbs+?) lasts a good 2 months, but with us feeding them lots more, it's not lasting that long. Anyway, I want to do something with the smaller scraps of hay (that are too tiny to put in the hay racks, etc.) and I think making hay cubes would be wonderful - less messy and I can just give the bunnies a handful of those instead of a handful of hay.

So, how should I go about making them?

I've made treats before, but it's been a while. :p

Any help is appreciated! :) Thanks! :)

Emily


 

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So I found a website that has a rabbit recipe on it for treats (not hay cubes) but the final product looks just like hay cubes. http://community.livejournal.com/bakebakebake/1352167.html

I'm thinking I could probably take that recipe, and instead of using the oats and pellets, substitute that with the hay and it might just work... I'll give it a try.

ETA:

Here is the recipe listed on the website:

* 1 c. rolled oats, finely ground (coffee grinder works best)
* 1/4 c. rabbit pellets, finely ground
* 2 medium-sized bunches of parsley
* 1/2 of a carrot
* 1/2 of a banana
* 1/4 c. + 1 tbsp. water

And here is what I substituted for the things I didn't have:

*1 c. hay bits

*1/4 c. pellets

* 2 handfuls of grass

*1/2 carrot & 1/2 banana

*1/4 c. + 1 tbsp. water

Emily
 

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I have the same thing! I have all these hay "Crumbs" and I'd love to make some sort of treats with them.
 

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I am making this right now

I didn't have any oats so I just used cherrios. I didn't have a carrot or banana, so I uesd pear and apple.I also went out and picked grass as I also didn't have parsley.

We'll see how it turns out.

~Hayley
 

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I made some, but I'm paranoid and I'm nervous to feed them to the bunnies! :p

All it is is oxbow pellets, hay "crumbs", died apple pealings, few craisins, and rolled oats. All things my rabbits have eaten before.

I'm pretty sure they'll be fine.
 

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I usually use the hay crumbs in the litterbox. I'll just throw in a few handfuls on top of the clean litter. My bunnies totally refuse to eat the small hay crumbs.
 

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Well they seemed to like them. Twilah actually ate it out of my hand, it's the first time she's eaten a treat when I've been in the room. :)

My dogs absolutly loved the treats also.

~Hayley
 

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That's good that she ate it out of your hand, Hayley! :)

I still haven't made them yet. lol. I'll probably make them tomorrow or something.

My old dog loved to eat the rabbit food and pooh! Talk about nasty!
 

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I'd love to give something very healthy to my rabbits... one of them is losing weight ! and I'm worried not knowing what to do ?!
 

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Dawna wrote:
I'd love to give something very healthy to my rabbits... one of them is losing weight ! and I'm worried not knowing what to do ?!
There's a lot of people who would probably be able to give you some good insight, I suggest making your own thread with your question and more details! :)
 

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