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TeflonsShadow
16-03-2010, 05:53 PM
Well, Ive been investigating pellets recently and dont feel overwhelmingly happy to be honest......

Can we not feed our rabbits an all-natural diet without pellets?

What do they get from pellets that they cant get from somewhere else??

Whats the ADVANTAGE of feeding pellets??

If I did feed an all-natural diet.... variety in hays would be ideal, but what else would be essentual ? (obviously veg, any particular ones?)

What does everyone think?

Hoppit!
16-03-2010, 05:55 PM
My boys haven't had pellets for about 3/4 years now. Ginger is very thin, but that's almost certainly cuz he can't absorb food properly after having coccidiosis. They're still both full of beans on just hay and veg.

It is time consuming feeding veg (for me anyway - I wash, dry and peel most things), and a lot more expensive, but as they're ill with any type of pellets it's definately worth it.

louise and Gus
16-03-2010, 05:56 PM
The RWAF have a leaflet about natural diet, they will need large amounts of veg/weeds etc but it is doable

http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/resources/content/leaflet_pdfs/going_green_oct_06.pdf

TeflonsShadow
16-03-2010, 05:58 PM
The RWAF have a leaflet about natural diet, they will need large amounts of veg/weeds etc but it is doable

http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/resources/content/leaflet_pdfs/going_green_oct_06.pdf

Thanks :thumb:

Guess it makes it a bit harder that I dont have a garden :(

TeflonsShadow
16-03-2010, 06:02 PM
Even that leaflet says to use about a egg cup of commercial food a day.........I already feed that much :?

abbymarysmokey
16-03-2010, 06:03 PM
I'm not sure it's really very viable to feed no pellets/mix if they don't have access to grass. I know in theory rabbits can survive on just hay, but I'd be worried about them not getting the right vitamins (vitamins are added to pellets)

Hoppit!
16-03-2010, 06:20 PM
I'm not sure it's really very viable to feed no pellets/mix if they don't have access to grass. I know in theory rabbits can survive on just hay, but I'd be worried about them not getting the right vitamins (vitamins are added to pellets)

My buns don't get any grass between October and April (except the very occasional half hour maybe) and in summer it's only a tiny patch. They seem fine vitamins wise - at least they still manage to shoot up and down the corridor binkying madly anyway!! :lol:

hurricanhoney
16-03-2010, 08:18 PM
There is a really good thread on here about this topic. I will go try find it for you.

SarahP
16-03-2010, 08:39 PM
There is potentially an issue with vitamin D for indoor bunnies. It's probably not an issue for outdoor buns that get a lot of sunlight on their bodies though.

hurricanhoney
16-03-2010, 08:56 PM
Found it. This is a really good guide.

http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/showthread.php?t=91481&highlight=natural+diet+pellets

TeflonsShadow
16-03-2010, 09:25 PM
Found it. This is a really good guide.

http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/showthread.php?t=91481&highlight=natural+diet+pellets

Thank you, I will have a look now!! :D

TeflonsShadow
16-03-2010, 09:26 PM
There is potentially an issue with vitamin D for indoor bunnies. It's probably not an issue for outdoor buns that get a lot of sunlight on their bodies though.

We get patches of sunlight on the floor that they like to stretch out in.... is that the same or different.... obviously thats through a window.....

SarahP
16-03-2010, 11:04 PM
We get patches of sunlight on the floor that they like to stretch out in.... is that the same or different.... obviously thats through a window.....

Unfortunately vitamin D doesn't absorb through windows. It has to be outdoors.