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Feeding Baby Rabbits

Posted by Steve Collier on September 22, 2010 at 8:39 AM Comments comments (3)

Baby Rabbits have a very delicate digestive system, so we always have to be careful what we allow them to ingest. Their natural curosity and grazing instinct can often get them in trouble...

When I ween Baby Rabbits, I often use finely diced cellery mixed with their feed to intice them to eat, but once they are eating the feed on a regular basis, I discontinue this action because any green vegetation introduced to your Baby Rabbit can actually cause health problems.

Green Grasses are a big "No No" for freshly weened rabbits because they can't digest this type of food as of yet... So if you have children, be sure to tell them not to feed the baby rabbit green grass ( or any green vegetation for that matter ) from the yard until it is at least 10 weeks old to help insure the Pet's survival.

I recommend Burmuda Hay for Bedding, and the little rabbits will have a tendency to nibble on the hay without any adverse effects, but the bedding needs to be changed regularly as it becomes soiled to help insure your Pet's health.

Once the Baby Rabbit gets to be 10 to 12 weeks old, they become more tollerable to a wider variety of foods, as long as you make sure the different types of foods are used as "Treats"... Your Pet Rabbits main diet should consist of a high quality Pellet Feed to help insure the nutritional needs of your Pet Rabbit are met. 

Free Range Fridays !!!

Posted by Steve Collier on April 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I really love this time of year (despite the pollen associated with spring), because of all the new growth of grasses and clover... Rabbits are natural grazers and love to feast on fresh young clover and grass shoots that you will find growing around your property in the spring.

I call Fridays "Free Range Fridays" because I will pick and pull fresh green growth from young tender plants to feed to my rabbits for their evening meal instead of their regular feed. I wish I were able to let them roam freely and eat just as much as they want, but I have so many to look after, I'm always afraid for them because of Hawks, Coyotes and stray dogs that may come around. So the next best thing is that I gather the food for them and place it in their pens.

They seem to really enjoy the change of pace from their regular Pellet feed (NatureWise Pellet Feed by Nutrena), but the fresh greenage isn't as nutritious for them. What the heck ? You need to spoil your pets every once in a while just so they know you care...