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View Poll Results: Beside Alfalfa, which of those is your bunny's fav?
Timothy Hay 14 87.50%
Oat Hay 2 12.50%
Orchard Grass 1 6.25%
Bunny Brome 0 0%
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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 09-30-2004, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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What is your bunny's fav hay?

I would like to know what is your bunnies fav hay?
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My buns love timothy hay, but I've never given them anything else.
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Mine are also grooving on the Timothy...they were eating Alfalfa when I got them but I heard somewhere it wasn't good for them after a certain age. I give the chins timmy, so that's what the buns get. I might try some oat hay for them as an occasional treat as well as for some of the chins that aren't real fond of the timothy

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Mine love timothy. They also get an oat,wheat, and barley hay mixture. They like the timothy best though.


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Yes after 6 months, you should stop giving Alfalfa hay. It is fine like giving a bit once in a while, especialy if you have Timothy based pellets. Alfalfa has too much calcium. A good variety of hays is good for bunny. Orchard Hay has a sweet taste. I didnt list on the pool but My bunny loves the Mixed Hay! It's alsmost like seeing a cat on catnip! Are your pellets based on Aflalfa and your bunny is over 6 months? Try the Oxbow Bunny Basic T. It's the best quality Timothy based pellets you can find. (I dont work for them, I just know by experience) It's the lowest protein and highest fiber you'll find in pellets!
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I used to give that to my fuzzylumpkins, but they hated the food. They never ate it and threw it in the litterbox and turned the food dish upside down. Spoiled little brats!
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You are talking about the Bunny Basic T from Oxbow? I made the change gradualy with my bunny. It takes about one week to make a complete change. My bunny is weird he doesnt like Alfalfa much so I am lucky! But the mixed hay...you should try that. Let me know I can send you a sample of the mixed hay. my email is [email protected]
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I feed Kaytee Forti-Diet alfalfa pellets, although I know that timothy pellets are much better for them and I've heard that Oxbow is a good brand. I tried timothy pellets awhile back and my bunnies hated them too. I feed a very small amount of pellets (mostly hay and veggies) so I think my pellets are fine. I have noticed that Rusty has gained weight since I've had him, and I know that he used to be on Oxbow at the Rescue, so I might give it another try.


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I dont feed any of them.

Mine get Meadow Hay, which they all eat.

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I heard that Kaytee is fatning and not a good choice for pellets. This should help you out:

What makes a good pellet?
For the houserabbit pellets are a source of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. An ideal pellet would have a nutritional analysis something like:

Crude fiber: 20-25%
Crude protein: 13-15%
Crude fat: < 2%

A good pellet should also be labeled with a manufacture date and a lot code. Presence of a milling date assures you that the pellets are fresh. Lot codes are necessary for proper quality control.
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I heard that Kaytee is fatning and not a good choice for pellets. This should help you out:

What makes a good pellet?
For the houserabbit pellets are a source of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. An ideal pellet would have a nutritional analysis something like:

Crude fiber: 20-25%
Crude protein: 13-15%
Crude fat: < 2%

A good pellet should also be labeled with a manufacture date and a lot code. Presence of a milling date assures you that the pellets are fresh. Lot codes are necessary for proper quality control.
I agree, it is definitely fattening and they love those pellets because they have mollasses in them. But like I said, I feed a very small amount so its more like a treat. I'm going to look into getting some timothy pellets soon and trying again.


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If you feed small amounts then if you stick with Alfalfa based pellets follow the % of fiber, protein and fat I listed. Oxbow Alfalfa based pellets (Bunny Basic 15/23) is the only Alfalfa based pellets with that much Fiber. In other brands, you'd have to get Timothy for getting that amount of Fiber. Here is how to make a change in brand pellets:

For example, if your rabbit eats 1/4 cup of pellets a day do the following:

Day 1 - 5: 1 cup old brand - 1/4 cup new
Day 6 - 10: 3/4 cup old brand - 1/2 cup new
Day 11 - 15: 1/2 cup old brand - 3/4 cup new
Day 16 - 20: 1/4 cup old brand - 1 cup new
Day 21 Switched over to new food

From this mix scoop out their daily feed allotment. Some animals are pickier than others and will literally eat around the new pellet. If your animal does this, be patient. There is always a small percentage of animals that will refuse any changes and test the will and stubbornness of the owner.

Let me know how it goes!
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Here's what my Kaytee bag says:

Crude Protein 17%
Crude Fat 3%
Crude Fiber 18%

So obviously it has more fat and less fiber than you suggest. I haven't seen Oxbow in stores around here. I think I would have to order in online.


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Oh wow! Sorry but I think you should switch pellet brand. My alfalfa based pellets from Oxbow is 15% protein, 2% fat and 22%-25% fiber. The Timothy based pellets from Oxbow is 14% protein, 1.5% fat and 25%-28% fiber. You can go on their website: http://www.oxbowhay.com/ to check out other wonderful things they have for bunnies. And they have a section where you can make a search based on your zip code to find a store near you that sells Oxbow. Me I have to drive 2 hours to Montreal for that ONLY vet that sells Oxbow...worth it! I guess you'll have to order online or by phone to get Oxbow if no stores near you.
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Thanks for the info, and the link. Bunny Basics/T looks really good. The store locator says that Oxbow is sold at a feed store right down the street from me, so I'll check it out. I just bought a bag of pellets yesterday so when it starts getting low I'll start making the switch.


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