A 50# bag of pellets for my rabbits is $13.00 and lasts them approximately 10 days (free feeding at this point but soon to be rationed). This is averaging $1.30 per day to feed the rabbits. (Not including hay which will not enter into any of my calculations).
Once I start rationing their feed to their weight, this amount will probably be reduced.
I have no idea what their final weight will be so I will base my figures on current weight. The current average weight of my rabbits right now is 4#. Based on 4#’s and 5% feed for body weight I would need to feed them 3.2 ounces each.
Let’s just assume for a moment that 4#’s will be their final grow out weight. I’m positive this won’t be the case, but for these calculations we’ll use 4#’s as our base weight number.
- 50# of feed = 800 ounces @ $13.00 per bag = $0.01625 per ounce
- 3.2 ounces per rabbit x 15 rabbits = 48 ounces per day @ $0.01625 = $0.78 per day
- $0.78 per day for 30 days = $23.40
- 45# of seed = 270 pounds of fodder or 4,320 ounces @ $22.00 per bucket = $0.0046296 per ounce
- 3.2 ounces per rabbit x 15 rabbits = 48 ounces per day @ $0.0046296 = $0.22 per day
- $0.22 per day for 30 days = $6.60
Pellets vs. Fodder for one 30 day period would equal a $16.80 per month savings.
Now, if you double the amount of feed (i.e. the rabbits are 8 lb’s each) that would be a $33.40 per month savings.
You can read more about my “theory’s” on my Fodder feeding Rabbits – Scenario 1 Page