Rabbit Diet - Tri-County Humane Society, St. Cloud, Minnesota

We prefer the long, loose strands of hay as opposed to the pressed cubes or chopped hay. Alfalfa hay is fine for young bunnies but is not the correct choice for adult rabbits, especially if it is being used along with pellets (which are already high in alfalfa hay). Alfalfa is higher in calcium and extra carbohydrates than other hays, and its use in adults is more likely to cause health problems and digestive upsets.

My rabbit was 8 weeks old when I got her and was absolutely thrilled tohave timothy hay. Her pellets were alfalfa-based so I just stuck withthe timothy. Rabbits should be eating grass hay by the time they areadults anyway. Pellets *should* be a complete diet, although Iconsidered the hay as making up for the lack of fiber (stupid KayteeFiesta).

Can I feed our rabbits plain alfalfa pellets

You can switch your rabbit over to a timothy based pelletbetween 6 months and 1 years of age. Alfalfa hay is really notneeded for a baby bunny. It is hard to beat a quality pellet for rabbits for the best performance (high production) in your herd. Pellets are designed to grow a healthy rabbit in the most economical way. Even using lower priced pellets may not save in the long run as they are most likely made up with lower quality ingredients. I do feed pellets (alfalfa based only no corn ever) as the main diet in the winter.

I am still so new at the whole rabbit thing

Both of these factors are propelling Aurora Rex Rabbit Ranch to explore the feasibility of stopping with the pellets and converting our rabbit food to a variety of alfalfa, forages and green foods. And from the feedback our visitors give us, we think we're not the only ones!

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