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So we finally found a female rabbit that was to our likings (it is hard in the area as most are kept for breeding) to breed with our two males to build up the quality of meat rabbits and fur that we want.

With our first buck he wanted nothing to do with pellets (the deer loved him for it lol) so I switched over to a better option and easier on our pockets. - we think he's a checkered mix (maybe rex mix but doesn't have the velvety fur but good size). kids called him Yoyo because he has a y in white on his one cheek (hes black and white)

We've done the same thing with our new buck and doe - both are a lionhead mix, doe is a mini rex (if i had to guess on the rex type)/lionhead mix. kids called the buck coal (all black) and the doe is babs buttercup (because our youngest wanted to call her buttercup and he wouldn't budge lol)(shes a satin color)

Anyways I was going to try and do up our own mix, it would cost us more since we can't find bulk pumpkin seeds around for off season, but right now I use:

Royal Wing Wildlife Mix (can get 20lbs for around $9) - corn, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and peanuts (but i've noticed out of the mix this is like a 1 or 2% ratio to the mix there isn't a lot in there).

They get hay (we get free from the father inlaw - mainly used for winter but they eat it and we give them some during the summer if the grass isn't doing great during the really hot spells), alfalfa, and mineral/salt rolls (but they don't really touch the salt ones, so we usually just have a bunch of the mineral ones on hand). Some wild bird feed mix (it has millet in it and a few other things) as a ration feed with their other feed.

We are also working on making rabbit pasture tractors so they are gaining grass better in their diet (we can't keep up with our buck YoYo when it comes to this he will literally put on a show if he sees you and wants more grass lol). then in winter we will have them in the tractors in a stationary location (the tractors we made to have a plastic tote with a hole cut out the side for their bedding area - and the back is blocked with 3/4 of the sides with solid walls (old storage shed that got torn up in a wind storm metal) and then rest is hardwire fencing for openess and air flow - solid roof too).

Anyways was thinking of adding a grain to the mix we can get steamed rolled barley pretty cheap from the feed store and wheat also (oats are expensive if trying to get the rolled I already know they wont eat the other type). Barley or wheat would be our best choices if we had to choose one this way we can utilize it in our chicken/duck feed mix too (which is a grain, wild bird seed, and fishmeal - I've thought about just utilizing this as a rabbit feed also but unsure if rabbits can have fishmeal so haven't done so).

So a few questions...

1. which is better for rabbits when it comes to grains - barley or wheat? I've read on here where some rabbits won't eat the wheat. Just want to make sure if we go with a grain and they do eat it, it won't produce them to get fatty (if that makes sense as I think oats tend to do that sometimes but could be wrong lol)

2. Can rabbits have kelp meal? (we use it as a free choice mineral for the chickens/ducks and hopefully future goats lol)

3. I use to have a list of the safe foods that rabbits can eat, so we could do scraps with them (at least once a week or our chickens would probably stage a rebellion lol) but can't seem to find it - is there a place to find this list easily? I know apple wood is good for them and we give them our apple tree trimmings to chew on (the kids have done an applewood wood pile for them to give as needed lol)

Thanks in advance :bunnyhop:
 
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Wheat is best for rabbits in my opinion... [and I have not had any trouble with rabbits not eating rolled wheat]

natural-feeding-for-rabbits-f11.html
I feed all table scraps to rabbits, including cooked meat scraps...

I have added kelp meal, and granules when making my own feed mixes,... since I don't add salt to my 'home made feed" the extra salt in the kelp didn't cause problems... in fact they did very well with the addition of kelp..... [some "pet rabbit websites" say kelp should never be fed to rabbits, but then again.. they have many weird opinions.

Alder
Alfalfa
Apple, fruit, twigs/branches and leaves (not seeds)
Artichoke
Ash twigs/branches
Asparagus
Banana
Basil and blooms
Beets and tops
Birch twigs/branches
Blackberry, brambles, leaves, berries
Black cherry
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
Blueberry, and bushes
Bluegrasses
Bok choy -
Borage and blooms
Broccoli -
Brussels sprouts -
Calendula (pot marigold)
Caraway
Carrots and tops (limit root,for overweight rabbits..- high sugar content, )
Cauliflower - limit due to possible gas build up
Celery
Celeriac
Cereal grains
Chamomile and blooms
Chervil
Chicory
Clovers and blooms
Coltsfoot
Comfrey
Coriander (Cilantro) and blooms
Corn
Cowberry, and bushes
Crabapple, all but the seeds
Crabgrass
Curly dock
Daisies and blooms
Dame's Rocket
Dandelion, whole plant and blooms
Day Lily and blooms
Dewberry
Dill and blooms
Dogwood
Echinacea

cabbage family plants be especially careful to feed small amounts at first as it causes gas

Endive - possible gas build up
Evening Primrose
Fennel and blooms
Fireweed
Gallberry
Garden Cress
Garden Nasturtium/Indian Cress
garlic
garlic chives
Gladiolus blooms
Goutweed
Grains (wheat, oat, barley, milo, millet)
Grapes, vines, leaves
Great Plantain and blooms
Great Willow Herb
Hazel twigs/branches
Holly
Horse nettle
Huckleberry, leaves, berries,
Hyssop and blooms
Jalapenos
Jasmine blooms
Jerusalem Artichoke
Juniper twigs/branches
Kale (curly and fodder) -possible gas build up
Kohlrabi - possible gas build up
Kudzu
Lady's Mantle
Lavender (plus, may facilitate kindling)
Lemon Balm
Lespedezas
Lettuce - dark green varieties are by far the best
Locust
Lovage
Mango
Maple twigs/branches
Marigold
Marjoram
Melon
Mulberry, branches and leaves
Mustard Greens and flowers
Nasturtium
Nettles, dried (but doesn't seem to bother the rabbits when fed green)
New jersey tea
Oats, whole, crimped or rolled ('old fashioned')
Okra
onion
Oranges
Orchard Grass/Hay
Oregano
Oxeye Daisy/Marguerite
Panicum
Papaya (if fresh, contains helpful enzymes that can help reduce fur block)
Parsley and parsley root (promotes favorable GI bacterial balance)
Parsnips
Paspalum

Purselane (Portulaca oleracea,
Peach (fruit only)
Pear fruit, twigs/branches and leaves (not seeds)
Peppermint and bee balm (but dries up a lactating doe)
Peppers (green, etc)
Pine (avoid feeding cones to breeding-age does)
Pineapple (if fresh, contains helpful enzymes that can help reduce fur block)
Plantain and blooms
Poison ivy
Poplar twigs/branches
Pot Marigold
Pumpkin
Radishes and tops
Ragweeds
Raspberry and leaves
Red maple
Romaine Lettuce (and other dark green and red lettuces)
Rose, canes, leaves and blooms
Rosemary and blooms
Rucola
Safflower
Sage and blooms
Salad Burnet and blooms
Sassafras
Sedges
Sheep sorrel
Small burnet and blooms

Speedwell
Spinach
Spruce twigs/branches
Strawberry, and plants
Sumac
Sunflowers, blooms and seeds
Tarragon
Thyme and blooms
Timothy Hay
Tomato (ripe fruit only)
Turnip and tops -possible gas build up
Vetches
Wheat grass
White oak
Wild carrot
Wild lettuce
Wild Pansy
Wild rye
Willow (all species
Wood Cranesbill/Woodland geranium
Zucchini
 
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Thank you for that info.

Makes upping our own feed game a lot easier lol.

Now just gotta wait till she's ready to be bred and breed her with Cole till we get an offspring doe of qualities that we like and then breed that doe to yoyo for size.

Meat mutts are better than settling on prubreeds lol.
 

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What location in the country are you? That helps us give advice tailored to your area. What works for me down here on the fossil sand dunes of Central Florida wouldn't work for someone in Canada. :lol:

One thing to remember, if your rabbits look good, feel good, act happy, and reproduce, you are doing a good job. It's hard not to doubt yourself when feeding differently to most people but your rabbits will tell you quick enough if you have something wrong.

I would suggest getting another doe or two though, two bucks to one doe is not the best ratio.
 
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GBov":1pmknl1u said:
What location in the country are you? That helps us give advice tailored to your area. What works for me down here on the fossil sand dunes of Central Florida wouldn't work for someone in Canada. :lol:

One thing to remember, if your rabbits look good, feel good, act happy, and reproduce, you are doing a good job. It's hard not to doubt yourself when feeding differently to most people but your rabbits will tell you quick enough if you have something wrong.

I would suggest getting another doe or two though, two bucks to one doe is not the best ratio.


Sorry for the late response. We are in Ohio (northeast ish part)

We ended up giving our doe and two bucks to a 4her to be able to go with breeds that work better. Finally found someone who sells meat rabbits lol.

So we now have 1 buck Flemish/satin, 2 does Flemish/satin, 1 doe Cali, and 1 doe that is either a harliquen (spell?) Or an American sable (got it from rural King and they weren't sure which but the oldest liked her and her blue eyes).

So we've been working with the new set up. In August we will try our first breeding minus the last two does as they are still you get then the rest and would rather wait till spring breeding to see if they have grown out better and to make sure mature.

I will say we are really liking the standard Flemish crosses for size and growth rate. We also saw the dress out of a few and the bone to meat ratio is awesome compared to if they were 100% Flemish.

The rabbit tractors are working out well. In the winter we will end up putting the tractors on top of our one hay/garden bed area with an electric fence around. Knock on wood most of our predator issues for even our bird livestock is winter time compared to other seasons.

All the rabbits were raised out on pellets. The mixes came from the same people and they were being raised on a pellet oat mix with hay as free choice.

So far they are doing really well on our
oat,
bird seed mix (millet, crack corn, and pretty much everything else for the most part that is on the pellet ingredient list),
kelp meal (any mineral circle or block they never wanted to touch and still hanging there lol),
hay (father-in-law does hay and it's an alfalfa etc mix and we barter eggs for hay so it's techn free lol)
grass
safe options outside the grass that we bring to them
and kitchen scraps (we eat whole foods) - chickens I don't think are too happy they have to share and not get as much now lol

I was thinking of adding sunflower seeds with the oil on them. But wasn't sure if this is a better winter additive. There is some already in the bird seed but not a lot.
 

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I highly recommend giant ragweed. I grow the stuff (well it really grows itself but I don't mow it and I spread it on purpose *gasp*). It's protein and digestible nutrition is as good as (even better than) alfalfa. My rabbits turn down willow and even mulberry for the ragweed.
 

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alforddm":174vbf8j said:
I highly recommend giant ragweed. I grow the stuff (well it really grows itself but I don't mow it and I spread it on purpose *gasp*). It's protein and digestible nutrition is as good as (even better than) alfalfa. My rabbits turn down willow and even mulberry for the ragweed.

Damn! I never would have thought to feed that stuff as I break out in an itchy rash if I touch it. :shock:

Hmmmmmm how to overcome, how to overcome?
 

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Sorry for the late response. We are in Ohio (northeast ish part)

We ended up giving our doe and two bucks to a 4her to be able to go with breeds that work better. Finally found someone who sells meat rabbits lol.

So we now have 1 buck Flemish/satin, 2 does Flemish/satin, 1 doe Cali, and 1 doe that is either a harliquen (spell?) Or an American sable (got it from rural King and they weren't sure which but the oldest liked her and her blue eyes).

So we've been working with the new set up. In August we will try our first breeding minus the last two does as they are still you get then the rest and would rather wait till spring breeding to see if they have grown out better and to make sure mature.

I will say we are really liking the standard Flemish crosses for size and growth rate. We also saw the dress out of a few and the bone to meat ratio is awesome compared to if they were 100% Flemish.

The rabbit tractors are working out well. In the winter we will end up putting the tractors on top of our one hay/garden bed area with an electric fence around. Knock on wood most of our predator issues for even our bird livestock is winter time compared to other seasons.

All the rabbits were raised out on pellets. The mixes came from the same people and they were being raised on a pellet oat mix with hay as free choice.

So far they are doing really well on our
oat,
bird seed mix (millet, crack corn, and pretty much everything else for the most part that is on the pellet ingredient list),
kelp meal (any mineral circle or block they never wanted to touch and still hanging there lol),
hay (father-in-law does hay and it's an alfalfa etc mix and we barter eggs for hay so it's techn free lol)
grass
safe options outside the grass that we bring to them
and kitchen scraps (we eat whole foods) - chickens I don't think are too happy they have to share and not get as much now lol

I was thinking of adding sunflower seeds with the oil on them. But wasn't sure if this is a better winter additive. There is some already in the bird seed but not a lot.
I have read that black oil sunflower seeds are best for winter as it may cause them to molt if it's too warm outside. This is an awesome thread. Thanks for asking these questions!
 

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Wheat is best for rabbits in my opinion... [and I have not had any trouble with rabbits not eating rolled wheat]

natural-feeding-for-rabbits-f11.html
I feed all table scraps to rabbits, including cooked meat scraps...

I have added kelp meal, and granules when making my own feed mixes,... since I don't add salt to my 'home made feed" the extra salt in the kelp didn't cause problems... in fact they did very well with the addition of kelp..... [some "pet rabbit websites" say kelp should never be fed to rabbits, but then again.. they have many weird opinions.

Alder
Alfalfa
Apple, fruit, twigs/branches and leaves (not seeds)
Artichoke
Ash twigs/branches
Asparagus
Banana
Basil and blooms
Beets and tops
Birch twigs/branches
Blackberry, brambles, leaves, berries
Black cherry
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
Blueberry, and bushes
Bluegrasses
Bok choy -
Borage and blooms
Broccoli -
Brussels sprouts -
Calendula (pot marigold)
Caraway
Carrots and tops (limit root,for overweight rabbits..- high sugar content, )
Cauliflower - limit due to possible gas build up
Celery
Celeriac
Cereal grains
Chamomile and blooms
Chervil
Chicory
Clovers and blooms
Coltsfoot
Comfrey
Coriander (Cilantro) and blooms
Corn
Cowberry, and bushes
Crabapple, all but the seeds
Crabgrass
Curly dock
Daisies and blooms
Dame's Rocket
Dandelion, whole plant and blooms
Day Lily and blooms
Dewberry
Dill and blooms
Dogwood
Echinacea

cabbage family plants be especially careful to feed small amounts at first as it causes gas

Endive - possible gas build up
Evening Primrose
Fennel and blooms
Fireweed
Gallberry
Garden Cress
Garden Nasturtium/Indian Cress
garlic
garlic chives
Gladiolus blooms
Goutweed
Grains (wheat, oat, barley, milo, millet)
Grapes, vines, leaves
Great Plantain and blooms
Great Willow Herb
Hazel twigs/branches
Holly
Horse nettle
Huckleberry, leaves, berries,
Hyssop and blooms
Jalapenos
Jasmine blooms
Jerusalem Artichoke
Juniper twigs/branches
Kale (curly and fodder) -possible gas build up
Kohlrabi - possible gas build up
Kudzu
Lady's Mantle
Lavender (plus, may facilitate kindling)
Lemon Balm
Lespedezas
Lettuce - dark green varieties are by far the best
Locust
Lovage
Mango
Maple twigs/branches
Marigold
Marjoram
Melon
Mulberry, branches and leaves
Mustard Greens and flowers
Nasturtium
Nettles, dried (but doesn't seem to bother the rabbits when fed green)
New jersey tea
Oats, whole, crimped or rolled ('old fashioned')
Okra
onion
Oranges
Orchard Grass/Hay
Oregano
Oxeye Daisy/Marguerite
Panicum
Papaya (if fresh, contains helpful enzymes that can help reduce fur block)
Parsley and parsley root (promotes favorable GI bacterial balance)
Parsnips
Paspalum

Purselane (Portulaca oleracea,
Peach (fruit only)
Pear fruit, twigs/branches and leaves (not seeds)
Peppermint and bee balm (but dries up a lactating doe)
Peppers (green, etc)
Pine (avoid feeding cones to breeding-age does)
Pineapple (if fresh, contains helpful enzymes that can help reduce fur block)
Plantain and blooms
Poison ivy
Poplar twigs/branches
Pot Marigold
Pumpkin
Radishes and tops
Ragweeds
Raspberry and leaves
Red maple
Romaine Lettuce (and other dark green and red lettuces)
Rose, canes, leaves and blooms
Rosemary and blooms
Rucola
Safflower
Sage and blooms
Salad Burnet and blooms
Sassafras
Sedges
Sheep sorrel
Small burnet and blooms

Speedwell
Spinach
Spruce twigs/branches
Strawberry, and plants
Sumac
Sunflowers, blooms and seeds
Tarragon
Thyme and blooms
Timothy Hay
Tomato (ripe fruit only)
Turnip and tops -possible gas build up
Vetches
Wheat grass
White oak
Wild carrot
Wild lettuce
Wild Pansy
Wild rye
Willow (all species
Wood Cranesbill/Woodland geranium
Zucchini
Question...I have a lionhead that refuses to eat anything but pellet . I know pellets sre good, but I feel like he needs other things in his diet. He won't even chew on wood. I have one pregnant doe who's having some softer stools and she gets very few oats mixed with pellet 18% and regular hay a dmall handful daily. What am I doing wrong with her that she's got an off bowel and how can I fix it? I've been giving electrolyte water, but they don't have salt or mineral licks.links.. do they really need them? Can rabbits have grains and oats snd things that sre store bought or only feed store bought. In terms of corn can it be like whole corn like chickens eat or something specific. Should they eat a lot of corn? I'd think it's too starchy snd will make them too heavy.
 

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Wheat is best for rabbits in my opinion... [and I have not had any trouble with rabbits not eating rolled wheat]

natural-feeding-for-rabbits-f11.html
I feed all table scraps to rabbits, including cooked meat scraps...

I have added kelp meal, and granules when making my own feed mixes,... since I don't add salt to my 'home made feed" the extra salt in the kelp didn't cause problems... in fact they did very well with the addition of kelp..... [some "pet rabbit websites" say kelp should never be fed to rabbits, but then again.. they have many weird opinions.

Alder
Alfalfa
Apple, fruit, twigs/branches and leaves (not seeds)
Artichoke
Ash twigs/branches
Asparagus
Banana
Basil and blooms
Beets and tops
Birch twigs/branches
Blackberry, brambles, leaves, berries
Black cherry
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
Blueberry, and bushes
Bluegrasses
Bok choy -
Borage and blooms
Broccoli -
Brussels sprouts -
Calendula (pot marigold)
Caraway
Carrots and tops (limit root,for overweight rabbits..- high sugar content, )
Cauliflower - limit due to possible gas build up
Celery
Celeriac
Cereal grains
Chamomile and blooms
Chervil
Chicory
Clovers and blooms
Coltsfoot
Comfrey
Coriander (Cilantro) and blooms
Corn
Cowberry, and bushes
Crabapple, all but the seeds
Crabgrass
Curly dock
Daisies and blooms
Dame's Rocket
Dandelion, whole plant and blooms
Day Lily and blooms
Dewberry
Dill and blooms
Dogwood
Echinacea

cabbage family plants be especially careful to feed small amounts at first as it causes gas

Endive - possible gas build up
Evening Primrose
Fennel and blooms
Fireweed
Gallberry
Garden Cress
Garden Nasturtium/Indian Cress
garlic
garlic chives
Gladiolus blooms
Goutweed
Grains (wheat, oat, barley, milo, millet)
Grapes, vines, leaves
Great Plantain and blooms
Great Willow Herb
Hazel twigs/branches
Holly
Horse nettle
Huckleberry, leaves, berries,
Hyssop and blooms
Jalapenos
Jasmine blooms
Jerusalem Artichoke
Juniper twigs/branches
Kale (curly and fodder) -possible gas build up
Kohlrabi - possible gas build up
Kudzu
Lady's Mantle
Lavender (plus, may facilitate kindling)
Lemon Balm
Lespedezas
Lettuce - dark green varieties are by far the best
Locust
Lovage
Mango
Maple twigs/branches
Marigold
Marjoram
Melon
Mulberry, branches and leaves
Mustard Greens and flowers
Nasturtium
Nettles, dried (but doesn't seem to bother the rabbits when fed green)
New jersey tea
Oats, whole, crimped or rolled ('old fashioned')
Okra
onion
Oranges
Orchard Grass/Hay
Oregano
Oxeye Daisy/Marguerite
Panicum
Papaya (if fresh, contains helpful enzymes that can help reduce fur block)
Parsley and parsley root (promotes favorable GI bacterial balance)
Parsnips
Paspalum

Purselane (Portulaca oleracea,
Peach (fruit only)
Pear fruit, twigs/branches and leaves (not seeds)
Peppermint and bee balm (but dries up a lactating doe)
Peppers (green, etc)
Pine (avoid feeding cones to breeding-age does)
Pineapple (if fresh, contains helpful enzymes that can help reduce fur block)
Plantain and blooms
Poison ivy
Poplar twigs/branches
Pot Marigold
Pumpkin
Radishes and tops
Ragweeds
Raspberry and leaves
Red maple
Romaine Lettuce (and other dark green and red lettuces)
Rose, canes, leaves and blooms
Rosemary and blooms
Rucola
Safflower
Sage and blooms
Salad Burnet and blooms
Sassafras
Sedges
Sheep sorrel
Small burnet and blooms

Speedwell
Spinach
Spruce twigs/branches
Strawberry, and plants
Sumac
Sunflowers, blooms and seeds
Tarragon
Thyme and blooms
Timothy Hay
Tomato (ripe fruit only)
Turnip and tops -possible gas build up
Vetches
Wheat grass
White oak
Wild carrot
Wild lettuce
Wild Pansy
Wild rye
Willow (all species
Wood Cranesbill/Woodland geranium
Zucchini
I just fed my juvenile rabbits some young Canada thistle plants as an experiment. They had grasses this morning and I saw the thistles so I offered them, too. They all three went straight for the thistles. Yum! I know thistles are generally edible for nearly everyone (including humans) but I didn't expect the buns to be as jazzed about them as they were. Funny.
 

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Question...I have a lionhead that refuses to eat anything but pellet . I know pellets sre good, but I feel like he needs other things in his diet. He won't even chew on wood. I have one pregnant doe who's having some softer stools and she gets very few oats mixed with pellet 18% and regular hay a dmall handful daily. What am I doing wrong with her that she's got an off bowel and how can I fix it? I've been giving electrolyte water, but they don't have salt or mineral licks.links.. do they really need them? Can rabbits have grains and oats snd things that sre store bought or only feed store bought. In terms of corn can it be like whole corn like chickens eat or something specific. Should they eat a lot of corn? I'd think it's too starchy snd will make them too heavy.

If they've been fed nothing but pellets, they may not eat anything but pellets. You could offer other foods, but you may be stuck having to buy pellets. Friend of mine got a bun from a breeder that fed nothing but pellet and the rabbit he got never did eat anything else.

They should be free fed as much hay as they want, usually. Not that we can feed hay here because of the humidity that mildews it, but folks who can feed hay usually give them lots of it. Rabbits need roughage and volume to keep their systems running smoothly. Hay provides both, but fresh fibrous greens such as grasses and leaves work well. The fibery stuff keeps their teeth in shape, too.

If they're getting bunny pellets, there should already be salt and minerals mixed in with that, but check the label? We don't give minerals or salt to our buns since they get commercial pellets along with everything else.

The pregnant doe could probably have a lot more oats and a lot more hay along with her pellets. We free feed pregnant rabbits as much as they'll eat and continue it until the offspring are weaned. The offspring continues on the as-much-as-they-can-eat program until they're four or five months old.

You can buy regular rolled oats (oatmeal) at the grocery store if you like. Pretty much the same as the oats in the feed bags except they're a bit more careful about sticks and small stones in it.

We feed the corn husks to the buns and eat the ears ourselves. IMHO, the best corn for buns is whole corn, but by that I mean the whole plant, not just the kernels. They can eat some kernel corn, but as you noticed, it's a bit starchy. We used to be able to get plain rolled barley at our local feed store, but now it's not available so the buns get C.O.B. which is Corn Oats Barley. So they now get some corn and they're doing fine although I'd prefer just the rolled barley if I could get it.

What's electrolyte water and why would it be good for buns? Do you need to get special water for the people there or is the general household water safe to drink? If the water is safe for humans, it should be safe for buns, too.

There's a lot of different ways to feed bunnies and what works for us and our bunnies may not work best for you. Mostly, look at your bunnies and keep track of what they've been eating. If they're losing weight (or you can feel a knobby backbone) then feed them more. If they're very plump and the does are having trouble conceiving litters, then feed them less. We offer the buns a wide variety of forage, although not all buns like the same things. But, everything is checked first to make sure it's non-toxic to buns. Michaels4Gardens posted a great list there with bunny safe edibles.
 

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Question...I have a lionhead that refuses to eat anything but pellet . I know pellets sre good, but I feel like he needs other things in his diet. He won't even chew on wood. I have one pregnant doe who's having some softer stools and she gets very few oats mixed with pellet 18% and regular hay a dmall handful daily. What am I doing wrong with her that she's got an off bowel and how can I fix it? I've been giving electrolyte water, but they don't have salt or mineral licks
Electrolyte water has salt. It is entirely likely that your rabbit is getting too much salt.
 

Cindy in SD

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So rabbits need mineral supplements? I'm giving mine well water that is, if anything, a bit more mineralized than one might want. We filter the house water and use a water softener, then we filter it again through a Berkey to drink. (The rabbits don't get the special water, though. :sneaky: That's just for the humans.) I've been giving them a variety of greens and grasses, plus yard hay. Are they likely to need a special supplement? I also give them a small amount of pellets. (They're not special pellets... the proprietary store brand from Fleet Farm or Runnings or TSC is pretty much what's available here.)
 

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