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Making do when you run out of rabbit food

I do try to make sure I’ve got rabbit pellets on hand.  They may not be the best, but I feed Purina Complete pellets, and I buy it in 50-lb. bags, usually two at a time.  As far as I’ve been able to see, they’re the closest feed store to me — I don’t count places like Petsmart, which tend to have pretty junky rabbit food that contains a good amount of corn (think about your kids dumping a half a cup of sugar on their cereal in the morning).

Now and then, though, I just don’t get there before I run out.  This is rare, but it does happen.  The store is about a half-hour away… not unreasonable, but sometimes, I just can’t make it.  Such was the case last week, when I called to make sure they had rabbit food in stock before going.  They did, but they were closing, because it was New Year’s weekend.  Okay!

I almost made it.  If something unexpected hadn’t come up Monday, I’d have made it.  But I didn’t, so, when I went to feed the bunnies Monday night, I had to improvise.

A mixture of plain rolled oats (old fashioned, regular kitchen oatmeal) and white winter wheat berries.

It isn’t hard to make do, actually.  Rabbits can eat lots of things we can.  The wheat I had bought at Whole Foods for just such an emergency, at $.99/lb.  For sure, this is more expensive than bunny pellets, but I don’t have a lot of rabbits, and this is just for getting by.  I had the oatmeal on hand, so I just mixed some up and put it out in the feeders.

Some rabbits welcome a change now and then, and others don’t.  Fluffy and Nibbles weren’t interested in what I offered, and scratched all the food out of the feeder in search of pellets.  All the others ate it, though.

Other times, I have given them BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds), or even birdseed.  Birdseed is nothing but a mixture of grains and other seeds.  Birdseed and BOSS are both very nutritious.

Tuesday, I made it to the feed store, and everybunny’s happy again.


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