Newbie - Paw Talk - Pet Forums
Rabbit Discussion All things floppy.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2009, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 4
 
Newbie

Hey everyone!

I am new to this forum, and also a new bunny owner. This is my first bunny and I have a question regarding feedings. Do I leave food out for him 24/7, or do rabbits do better with a feeding schedule? I've had him for a week and I've been leaving a bowl of food (pellets) in his cage, along with hay. I've noticed that he nibbles a lot throughout the day. Is this normal, or do rabbits only need to eat a couple times per day? I don't want him to get too fat by eating too much. Also, are carrots a bad thing? I always thought that rabbits and carrots go hand in hand, but I heard someone say that too many aren't good. I've been giving him 2 baby carrots per day. What other veggies are healthy for them?

Your help is appreciated.
bella517 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2009, 11:09 PM
Resident Aquarium Nerd
 
Sasami's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Age: 28
Posts: 9,930
   
First off, welcome to Paw-Talk!

How old is he? For a younger rabbit, leaving pellets in the cage all day is usually ok. But if he's older, that could lead to obesity. As long as he has unlimited access to hay, limiting the pellets to one or two feedings is fine.

As for the carrots, I wouldn't recommend feeding many to a baby rabbit--maybe a small slice once a week or so. An older rabbit can have more, but because carrots have a lot of sugar you should restrict them to being a once or twice a week treat. The best vegetables to feed are leafy greens such as romaine lettuce and carrot greens . Just avoid iceberg lettuce and don't feed too much kale or spinach (they're very rich in calcium). You can also give small amounts of other veggies like broccoli, cucumbers, and bell peppers. Rabbits also enjoy herbs and grasses (alfalfa sprouts, parsley, mint, basil, cilantro, clovers, dandelions, etc.).

Here's a nice list: http://rabbit.org/care/veggies.html

That website also has a lot of other articles that you might find useful.




~Stephanie

"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice."


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.




Sasami is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-29-2009, 08:21 AM
Hello Earthling
 
canadiancritter's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Age: 25
Posts: 4,729
Blog Entries: 5
 
Welcome the forum





canadiancritter is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-29-2009, 09:17 AM
RAT ADDICT
 
VanillaRat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Newfoundland
Age: 35
Posts: 19,199
  
Welcome to the forum!
I don't have a bunny,so I can't offer advice.Just wanted to welcome you.





* Lisa *

* To the world you are ONE person,but to a rat you are the world *


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

* It's a rat thing...you wouldn't understand! *
VanillaRat is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 4
 
Thanks for the welcome! My bun is only a couple months old, so he's still a baby. If I keep plenty of hay in his cage at all times and then feed him pellets 3x per day, would this be ok? When I leave a bowl of pellets in his cage all the time it seems like he is always eating! And the poop is horrible -- tons of it! I have to clean out his cage twice a day. But yesterday I tried feeding him the pellets only 3x and the poop was more manageable. I certainly don't want to starve him though. If I need to leave his food bowl in at all times 'till he gets older I will.
bella517 is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 10:46 PM
Rodentologist
 
Jennicat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,941
  
Don't restrict his food to lessen his poops! Bunnies poop a lot, it's just their nature. Once he's older and neutered, he'll be easier to litterbox train, but their digestive systems are set up to be working all the time.

We are as gods to the beasts of the fields. We order the time o' their birth and the time o' their death. Between times, we ha' a duty. - Terry Pratchett.

"Men have forgotten this truth", said the fox, "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Jennicat is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-02-2009, 01:44 AM
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 60
 
Sounds like he is about the same age as mine Luckily Holly is soooooort of litterbox trained - there is one inside his cage that he uses always for urine and almost always for poop, but the one outside his cage he isn't that great with. (I can just vacuum up the poop though, thank god.) He has a bowl in his cage that always has pellets in it and he just nibbles on them whenever he wants, though as he gets older I'll give him a specific amount each day and start giving vegetables as well - I have given him a few dandelions and bits of carrot peel but atm just waiting for him to grow up some more. He's still my fluffy baby at ten and a half weeks, the darling. And of course he gets as much hay as he wants - I put more in his cage pretty often, and there are scraps of it on the carpet as well because I'd rather have hay all over my floor for him to chew on than have him eat the carpet. (Luckily he hasn't really chewed the carpet since I layed down cardboard over his favourite area, but we'll see how that goes...)

Luckily I do not mind my bedroom smelling of hay and rabbit.
keieeeye is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-03-2009, 01:10 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 34
 
Welcome to the forum. Im pretty new here too and everyone is really nice and always helpful.
rikfex is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-05-2009, 01:36 AM
Betta Bomb
 
Purple-Hops's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: SJ Newfoundland, Canada
Age: 32
Posts: 5,202
Blog Entries: 5
  
Welcome!!!
Purple-Hops is offline  
Reply

Tags
food


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome