Thanks for the websites! Yes, I thought about the high carotene and about it not being a balaced diet in an all-carrot diet.
Originally Posted by Jade
I'm not a rabbit owner but have done extensive research in chinchilla nutrition ...
The first concern I have is the use of fish meal. A rabbit is a herbivore and I'm wondering how fish meal would affect a herbivore as opposed to an omnivore.
You used corn and I see that it's 17% of your diet. I don't know how common it is in Puerto Rico, but in the US it's generally frowned upon as the main grain due to being hard to digest the hulls. Chin diets (and I'd assume rabbits) are usually hay based, with grains such as wheat middlings, wheat germ, oat flour, etc. as additional ingredients.
About the fish meal, it's an ingredient widely used in farm animal diets (even those hervivore animals) It's used for it's protein. It's really high in protein and it's a high quality protein source (animal proteins are better digested than plant proteins, even by hervibores). The only drawback to use fish meal is that it gives meat/milk/eggs a fish taste. It can't be used in chickens used to sell the eggs cause it gives it a black color to the yolk (plus the heavy fish taste). In other animals it should be less than 5% of the diet to avoid the fish taste.
I really don't know about the corn... If you see, the dieat is really based on starrgrass hay (40% of the diet is hay, other ingredients are much less than that). and my fiber quantity is 26% (the minimum is 13% to be safe on stomach issues that arise when there is not enough fiber in the diet). I used corn, along with soy and sunflower, to creat a small mix that gave me the protein and energy not provided by the rest of the diet. I tried doing a small mix using other ingredients, but it didn't gave me the numbers I needed to fullfill the protein and energy requirements.. Hehe
Thanks again for the websites. I'm off to look at them (If I stop hanging around here.. haha)