So it's been almost a week that Flash has been with me, and we just finished his first full day in a real cage instead of a cardboard box. We're starting to get into a little bit of a routine, with him coming out for play time for a couple of hours every evening, and sometimes earlier in the day if I have time to stay with him.
Now I'm trying to determine how much and how often to feed him.
I was giving him pretty much unlimited pellets, hay, and water, with some greens every evening. That was the "I just want to make sure he doesn't starve" temporary diet. According to a site on bunny nutrition that was recommended to me (http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/diet.html
), he should get unlimited hay and water, lots of greens, and only a little bit of pellets.
I have no problem filling the water bowl and hay bin twice a day, knowing that he'll never empty either one, so that's easily covered.
The site says that he should get 4 heaping cups of greens daily. Do you think I should give that to him all at once, or maybe half in the morning and half in the evening?
As for pellets, it says baby bunnies can have unlimited amounts, while adults should be limited to 1/8 of a cup per day for a 4 lb bunny. I'd guesstimate he's about 4-5 lbs, but I have no clue about his age. He's old enough for me to be able to tell that he's male and needs to be neutered, but I don't know if he's still growing or if he's already an adult. I have a checkup with a vet scheduled for Wednesday morning, so I think I'll keep overfeeding him pellets for the next two days, just to be safe. For two days, I can err on the side of not starving him.
I just worry that he's chowing down on pellets and not eating nearly enough hay, though he does finish his veggies every day.
So how often do the rest of you feed your bunnies? Once per day? Twice? More often?