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Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#1  Unread postby TheChad » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:48 pm


I use a J feeder and had been free feeding my rabbits that are about 3 months old. One of the does just started throwing all of her feed out. I checked the J feeder and it is fine. I even cleaned it out and put new feed. The next day the same thing. Today I am going to start giving her just 8 ounces each day in the evenings.

Any thoughts or suggestions on this? Is there a way to stop her from doing it? I would prefer to free feed and limit the amount of time I have to spend in care for them.

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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#2  Unread postby FourRingCircus » Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:00 pm


Could you raise the feeder up, making eating possible, but digging a bit more difficult?
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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Rabbitdog » Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:02 pm


heritage wrote:Could you raise the feeder up, making eating possible, but digging a bit more difficult?


Ditto. This is the only thing that has worked for me. After a while, they just quit trying to scratch. I really hate it when my rabbits act like my chickens!

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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#4  Unread postby TheChad » Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:49 am


heritage wrote:Could you raise the feeder up, making eating possible, but digging a bit more difficult?


How high? Eventually she will have kits and I want them to be low enough for them to get to it. I would say it is currently one to two inches off the floor of the cage.

I took and only gave her 8 ounces last night. May try that for a week or two and then double the amount and see what she does.

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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#5  Unread postby FourRingCircus » Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:12 pm


Not sure what size rabbit she is so I am not going to suggest a set height - I would get it so she has to stretch a little (with all four feet on the ground) to reach it. She might be digging because of the pregnancy - an ingrained urge maybe? Hopefully once the nest is built and she has the babies it will be out of her system. The kits won't need access to it right away so you can give it a little time.
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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#6  Unread postby alforddm » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:09 am


I have a couple of does that dig in feeders when they are bred. After they have kits it stops. It's frustrating though to go out to find a feeder empty and all he feed on the ground.

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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#7  Unread postby Schipperkesue » Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:18 am


Are they on a wire floor? Install a bin beneath to catch the scratch outs and dump them back in the j feeder.

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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#8  Unread postby TheChad » Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:42 pm


Schipperkesue wrote:Are they on a wire floor? Install a bin beneath to catch the scratch outs and dump them back in the j feeder.


I would be afraid of catching pee and poop as well. Don't want to feed anything that has been in contact with that, but I might give it a try.

I cut the feed down to about a cup. I did notice some scraped out, but not as bad. But, it is still frustrating.

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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#9  Unread postby MamaSheepdog » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:17 pm


TheChad wrote:How high?


4" to 6." The kits will stand up to eat, and wont have any problem feeding.

Depending on the width of the feeder, try putting one or more golf balls in it to see if that will solve your problem before moving the feeder.
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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#10  Unread postby macksmom98 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:06 pm


Agreed. Putting it up is the best way to stop it....

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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#11  Unread postby Schipperkesue » Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:33 am


TheChad wrote:
Schipperkesue wrote:Are they on a wire floor? Install a bin beneath to catch the scratch outs and dump them back in the j feeder.


I would be afraid of catching pee and poop as well. Don't want to feed anything that has been in contact with that, but I might give it a try.

I cut the feed down to about a cup. I did notice some scraped out, but not as bad. But, it is still frustrating.


I find they tend to use the corners as their bathroom, usually away from the food. You may have to pick out an odd bunny berry. Give it a try, it works very well for me!

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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#12  Unread postby TheChad » Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:59 pm


MamaSheepdog wrote:
TheChad wrote:How high?


4" to 6." The kits will stand up to eat, and wont have any problem feeding.

Depending on the width of the feeder, try putting one or more golf balls in it to see if that will solve your problem before moving the feeder.


Ok now this intrigues me. My feeder is 5 wide. i don't have any golf balls, but I may get some to try this. Do I put them in and then poor the feed?. What is this suppose to do? Do they play with the ball in the feeder or does it just take up room so they can't dig?

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MamaSheepdog wrote:
TheChad wrote:How high?


4" to 6." The kits will stand up to eat, and wont have any problem feeding.

Depending on the width of the feeder, try putting one or more golf balls in it to see if that will solve your problem before moving the feeder.


Ok now this intrigues me. My feeder is 5 wide. i don't have any golf balls, but I may get some to try this. Do I put them in and then poor the feed?. What is this suppose to do? Do they play with the ball in the feeder or does it just take up room so they can't dig?


Has anyone done this before?

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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#13  Unread postby Azorean Steve » Tue May 10, 2016 10:53 am


i have a 4 wk old buck that's doing the same thing. i'll be following this thread.....!

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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#14  Unread postby Oscar » Wed May 11, 2016 4:59 pm


I bungy corded mine to the side of the cage when my doe started knocking it off, t did get a little moved still but wasn't spilt of knocked off.

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Re: Rabbits dumping feed out

Post Number:#15  Unread postby TheChad » Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:11 am


Well I have tried golf balls, sticks, and limiting food, but they still dump it out.

Now I am moving to a new feed to see if that helps. I am running out of ideas. Anyone else have any? :need-comments:

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