How’s many pellets should I feed my 10-11 week old rabbit?

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  1. Jan 12, 2019 #1

    CloverInTheField

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    I have been feeding my 10-11 week lion head 1/4 of a cup a day since I’ve got her.
    I give it to her in the morning everyday.
    She has unlimited hay and water, the only thing restricted is her pellets as I heard unlimited pellets could cause problems later.
    Is this a good amount? Should I be feeding her more?
    She’s going to the veterinarian this Thursday for a check-up and I’m thinking about asking the vet’s opinion on how much I should be feeding her. But again I wanted to check on here too!
    Thanks! :)
     
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    If they are healthy pellets (plain, no colorful add-ins, no seeds) then there is no need to limit the pellets at all until bunny is around 6-7 months of age. It is when a rabbit is an adult that the pellet amount is typically reduced. The only exception to this would be if bunny decides to eat so many pellets that she eats less hay. If she's a good hay eater, then there is no need to reduce the pellet amount while she is still growing.
     
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    Rabbits that young normally get more pellets, mainly because the vitamins/minerals in a good quality pellet helps a young rabbit’s development. You would limit their pellets if they are getting overweight.
     
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    Ok, thank you! They are just plain alfalfa pellets that we plan to feed until 6-7 months and she is a pretty good hay eater but will only eat the hay after all the pellets are gone. That’s why I’m thinking of just asking the veterinarian. Again thank you!
     
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    Reputable breeders, the House Rabbit Society, and experienced owners will often be more reliable/knowledgeable than a vet for rabbit diet info. A vet that is truly rabbit savvy is rare, so I'd definitely be cautious in putting too much faith in a vet's advice. Ask 10 different vets about rabbits and you'll likely get 10 different opinions.

    Just suggesting caution since the average vet that "will treat" rabbits just doesn't have experience with them.
     

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