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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-11-2008, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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skip the pellets?

i thought i'd ask about this since i've noticed a lot of people mention pellets. when we took lucy to the vet (a bunny specialist) she said we didn't even need to bother feeding lucy pellets, just lots of greens and unlimited hay. i feed her two salads a day (collards, turnip greens, carrot tops, dandelion greens, etc) with a few lil pieces of carrot. anyone else not feed pellets to their buns? or am i taking bad advice?


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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-11-2008, 01:37 PM
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That would be considered a natural diet and is okay however just make sure you don't feed lettuce, it will give your bun the runs and can cause weight loss. Everything you mentioned seems alright to me. What kind of hay are you feeding? I recommend Alphalpha hay (I know I spelled that wrong but you know what I mean lol)

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I've heard that you can do that, but including the pellets probably makes it easier to insure that the bunny is getting a balanced diet and all the essential nutrients. I give Flash pellets for breakfast, greens for dinner, and unlimited hay on the side. This is the recommendation of my vet, who deals with LOTS of bunnies and was recommended by the House Rabbit Society.

If I wasn't giving him pellets, I'd probably try to give him a bigger variety of greens, for nutritional variety. Right now, he gets at least 3 different types for dinner, plus carrot to lure him into his cage at bed time.

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Someone here does not give pellets either - I cannot remember who.
My guys all get pellets, greens and a treat each night. If I ever run out and only have 1 kind of green I feel so guilty! That is why I always keep a can of pumpkin puree in the house - that way if I am down to one kind of green at least I have another veggie to give them.

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Pellets play a very small role in the overall diet of a rabbit. They do contain essential vitamins and nutrients that other foods may not have, but if you are diligent about feeding your bunns a variety of greens and unlimited timothy hay, pellets are not a necessity.
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thanks guys, i feel better. the vet gave me some great info on what and how much to give, and i live in a crazy hippie neighborhood, so i can get all kinds of really nice greens pretty cheaply at the grocery store here. she's a good weight and seems very healthy, so i guess it's working. and we do give her some pellets here and there, we use them as treats when she's out of the cage.


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Kudo's to Frompers answer.i feed small amount of pellets in the day in hay salad bowl (to ensure maximum hay ingestion and makes them work for it) big plate of veggies at night and unlimited hay for whenever. pellets arent important but since every climate is different and there is sucha wide variety of veggies availabel,maybe give a little pellets for health maintenance..the pellts i picked up by Martins smell wonderful so i would imagine they also taste wonderful too,just be sure not to overfeed!
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I didn't feed pellets at all for 2 years to either of my rabbits. I just increased the amounts/variation of greens everyday. This was also on recommendation from a very experienced vet that was also a HRS board member.

Now I do keep a bag of pellets around. Mostly because when Zeus got sick, he couldn't eat hay/greens as well but was still strong enough to really struggle if I attempted to force feed him. I didn't want to stress him out more and I was afraid he'd get stasis on top of everything else, so I started giving him pellets.

With Barnaby now, pellets arn't an important part of his diet at all, but I do sprinkle about a teaspoon or so of them on top of his dinner time salads. He's always been a very picky eater and slightly underweight, so my vet and I decided to continue to give him pellets for awhile to see if it helps him maintain his weight.


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One thing I don't have to worry about with Flash is his eating habits. He'll eat almost anything that isn't nailed down... and some things that are.

My big problem is variety of greens available at the local stores. I end up giving him the same few all the time - parsley, cilantro, and carrots are staples that he always gets, then I also sometimes give him kale, collard greens, spinach, romaine, endive, and celery depending on what's available in the store. Romaine and celery become my fall backs when the others aren't available, though they aren't Flash's favorites, so I try to get him other stuff instead. Actually, celery's the one thing he's ever left all night in his salad bowl without eating.

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I used to give henry carrot and beet tops, but because they arent normally consumed by people, do you suppose they're sprayed with lots of pesticides? I don't feed those to him anymore because I dont want him ingesting all that junk.


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I've been using a combo of pellets, hay and grass. I take the top part of Stewies cage and put her under it on the grass and put a rock on top so she doesn't get out. Luckily we don't use pesticides on our lawn and there's a LOT of dandilion..(sorry, bad spelling day!!) Stewie stays plump and cuddly on her diet! We haven't had any health problems with her since she was a baby and had the runs the first few days we had her.



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i do give carrot and beet tops, but i buy from the fancy shmancy section in the store- all organic, no pesticides. it's not a huge price difference.


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My Stewie LOOOVES beet tops! She'll yank them out of your hand and bop over to the other side of the cage and nibble away, Great choice :p



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so far lucy's fave is carrot tops, well, that's her favorite good for her food. her favorite bad for her food is lil pieces of apple :-)


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Both our bunnies usually don't get very much pellets to eat...however they go at them like they are treats...so some days they do get more just because they beg so much.
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