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Snowberry
06-08-2010, 01:44 PM
From the thread about what time buns are fed there seems to be a spilt between feeding once and twice a day so thought I would do a poll.

How often do you feed pellets to your bunnies? Are there any particular reasons why you do it how you do?

louise and Gus
06-08-2010, 01:48 PM
Well they have their main feed in the morning, then a few when I get home, then some more before bed, I mainly do it like that to check they are eating!

Shellypops
06-08-2010, 01:48 PM
My two get a small amount at 5am when Ian leaves for work, then they get a small amount of veg when I get up at 6.30.

Ian then gives them another small amount of pellett at 2pm when he comes back, and I feed a few dandilion leaves or herbs at around 5pm when I come home.

i just like to spread their food out through out the day.. gives me and them something to look forward to, and also it means that we are around them more often :wave:

vee-jay
06-08-2010, 01:50 PM
They get thier proper amount once a day in eth eveing.
but ill give them a few pellets randomly as a treat throughout day

KarenM
06-08-2010, 01:51 PM
Alfie and Bubbles have their pellets in two portions - morning and early evening.

They have the morning ones as they're 'starving' and the only way to get into the kennel without being mobbed is to chuck some pellets up the other end. :lol:

The evening ones are to check they're still eating ok and also to get them back in the kennel, as they have them straight after their free range time. :)

Amy104
06-08-2010, 01:53 PM
Mine get them last thing at night before I go to bed. They get their veggies for brekki and unlimited hay so the pellets are more of a treat when I say night night.

beckie20
06-08-2010, 01:53 PM
I feed mine in the evenings - if I fed them in the morning as well I'd have to get up at at least half 5 cos I have to leave for work at half 6.

If there was a health reason for them to need to be fed twice a day, then
I would, of course, but they're fine, and have access to plenty of hay all day everyday!

Xxx

abbymarysmokey
06-08-2010, 01:54 PM
I feed pellets at breakfast time, and veg at supper time.

The reason for this is that I don't like leaving uneaten pellets in the outdoor hutches in case they attract mice/rats

Snowberry
06-08-2010, 01:55 PM
I feed mine twice a day and they all appear to be starving when its pellet time! They get veggies when I get home from work about 5pm ish.

Snowberry
06-08-2010, 01:56 PM
I feed pellets at breakfast time, and veg at supper time.

The reason for this is that I don't like leaving uneaten pellets in the outdoor hutches in case they attract mice/rats

No chance of that happening with Strawbs!!!

Snowdrop is a nibbler throughout the day so if she still has some morning ones left then she doesnt have her tea time ones.

KarenM
06-08-2010, 01:58 PM
No chance of that happening with Strawbs!!!

:lol::lol::lol: It's not something Alfie would ever do either. :roll: I think sometimes Bubbles would like to save some pellets for later but she never gets the chance. :lol:

Snowberry
06-08-2010, 02:00 PM
:lol::lol::lol: It's not something Alfie would ever do either. :roll: I think sometimes Bubbles would like to save some pellets for later but she never gets the chance. :lol:

I think this is how Snowdrop lost so much weight when bonded with strawbs. The stress of him chasing her and then him eating all the pellets at once was too much for her. She does much better on her own.

Kittykat23uk
06-08-2010, 02:03 PM
Gasket and Tappet had a bowlful at bedtime around 10.00 or 11.00. Sometimes they had some in a treatball between 6 Pm and 10.00 ish or a few from the hand.

Sprocket and Widget are given much less than that, they have a small handfull thrown into their carrier to get them into the house, a few more from the hand to get them used to being handled and then their main feed, about an eggcup's worth beteween the two of them in the treatball, scattered in their bedding in the litter trays and in the carrier to get them back out of the house when it's bedtime (around 10.00 to 11.00).:D This is mainly because Sprocket doesn't seem comfortable being picked up so I use the carrier between the garden and house.

That's when I'm in. If I'm out in the evening they will just get a few scattered in their trays and a restock of the treatball.

thenamesJT
06-08-2010, 02:04 PM
Rodge gets his pellets in the evening as its the only way of getting him back in the hutch after his free range time! :lol: As soon as he sees his shiny bowl in my hand, he is in that hutch like a bat out of hell! :lol:

KarenM
06-08-2010, 02:09 PM
I think this is how Snowdrop lost so much weight when bonded with strawbs. The stress of him chasing her and then him eating all the pellets at once was too much for her. She does much better on her own.

It must be quite stressful for some buns. Luckily, Bubbles has learnt to eat a bit faster and she hides when the pellets are first put down to avoid being chased. It's a pain when she's off her food though as I can't just leave lots of tasty treats around for her to eat later because Alfie would just scoff the lot. :roll:

Shellypops
06-08-2010, 02:11 PM
carlo Bless him has really had to learn to gobble stuff up fast, because Bobby is a literal monster:shock::shock:

He now grabs what he can, and runs away with it to eat in the corner poor love

*lily*
06-08-2010, 02:14 PM
Morning and evening.

Jaysmonkey
06-08-2010, 02:14 PM
once a day, an eggcup full between each pair. :wave:

Bluesmum
06-08-2010, 02:16 PM
Left over pellets? What are those? :oops:
Blue gets his scoop (and a bit) in his treat ball, and Marnie gets hers in her bowl.
I put extra in the treat ball cause Marnie 'helps' after she has finished hers :oops:
They get pellets twice (breakfast and bedtimne) because otherwise I get my feet nibbled and they wont got to bed otherwise :oops:

Blackberry & Co
06-08-2010, 02:46 PM
It used to be once a day, but they l love pellet time so much I split the rations in half and do it morning and evening now -something to look forward to :lol:

Plus, if ne pair's out in the run they are far more willing to come back in if they know they have pellets waiting for them ;)

BattleKat
06-08-2010, 02:48 PM
Mine are fed mix/pellets once a day when I get up for work (sometimes twice if the OH things he'll help out by feeding the animals and doesn't tell me :roll:) and hay at various times throughout the day or they won't eat it.
They usually get some sort of greenery in the afternoons.

I'm having to rethink my feeding though because the girls haven't yet learned that if they don't eat their food straight away, by the time they go back for it Eli will have eaten every last scrap.

XMissySJx
06-08-2010, 02:56 PM
I feed mine twice a day, but pellets are once a day.

In the morning they get a fresh lot of hay, and some veggies/herbs or dried apple leaves/other forage etc

and then in the evening they get a bowl of dried grass with pellets mixed in

FudgeMallow
06-08-2010, 03:11 PM
Fudge used to get fed once a day at 5.30pm but she seemed to go into stasis alot as she didnt eat any hay.

She now gets fed pellets twice a day.

Morning 6.45am - pellets, fresh hay in litter trays and bowl of dried mixed herbs.

Afternoon 2.30pm - 2 pellets to make sure she is eating, a small treat and a little more dried herbs.

Evening 5.30pm - Pellets

Bedtime between 9 and 10 - small amount of fresh veg, bowl of dried mixed herbs, Big dog bowl full of oat hay and fresh hay in litter trays.

She doesnt go into stasis as often and her poo has improved in size as has her eating hay increased :D

biscandmatt1
06-08-2010, 03:36 PM
bisc and matt don't have pellets anymore. :)

Becky's Bunnies
06-08-2010, 04:12 PM
Our 4 have a small amount of pellets at about 6am
Fresh hay around 4pm
Another small amount of pellets at 6-7pm
And fresh veg around 11pm.

Letichia
06-08-2010, 04:50 PM
Bella and Archie get an egg cup each of pellets at around 8 am. Then they have two portions of veg in the evening at around 7pm.

Gemmapookie
06-08-2010, 05:19 PM
Timmy and Mimi get an egg cup full of pellets each in the mornings. In the evenings around 7 ish they have their fresh veg, herbs or freshly picked grass, whatevers in the menu that day!
I freshen up their hay at regular intervals throughout the day to encourage them to eat loads, and treats in the form of a small nibble of fruit a couple of times a week

mini lop1
06-08-2010, 05:20 PM
a small handful in the morning :wave:

susie bun
06-08-2010, 05:27 PM
Spenser gets a mixture of excel pellets and rabbit royale morning and night. Also gets veg at the same time. He's eating more hay now than when I first got him :D:D so I'm cutting down the pellets/mix a bit.

Elena
06-08-2010, 05:54 PM
Twice because I started feeding half by hand to get Smudge more used to me and cos it's nice. It's impossible to do that now with four together but I still do it twice cos it's a bit of a treat.

fionaw
06-08-2010, 05:55 PM
I used to feed pellets twice a day, but as I had some that weren't great hay eaters I experimented with only feeding pellets in the evening, and hay, readigrass and veg in the morning, and they all started to eat more hay, so have continued to only feed pellets in the evening ever since.

helgalush
06-08-2010, 06:12 PM
Pellets before work, pellets after work, veg before bed.
Dont know why, it just evolved this way - and if they didnt have regular feeds I reckon they would probably beg for treats more!! :lol:

Mazda
06-08-2010, 06:18 PM
i feed them an egg cup each in the morning then in the evening :)

Scott
07-08-2010, 06:04 AM
If you feed your adult rabbits pellets, you should feed it 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pellets per day for every 6 pounds of body weight. Weaned baby rabbits may be allowed unlimited timothy and alfalfa pellets to help them grow.

Boudicca
07-08-2010, 06:16 AM
D&D have them twice a day 7am 6pm Both times they only have about 10 sprinkled in the bottom of their veg bowl. They nom some veggies then rummage for the pellets then finish the veg! They have SS as excel upsets Dudleys tummy!

hellsdarkrose
07-08-2010, 08:28 AM
Can't do the poll as my buns are awkward. Radish gets her pellets once a day in the morning and Waffle doesn't get any.

Rhian33
07-08-2010, 08:31 AM
Can't do the poll as my buns are awkward. Radish gets her pellets once a day in the morning and Waffle doesn't get any.

Me too. Mine get a small handful of pellets once a day in the winter only. I find in the Summer when less calories are required their hay eating goes down if I feed pellets. I judge when to cut out pellets by poo size. When I see them getting smaller I start to wean them off pellets.

coco1200
07-08-2010, 08:38 AM
Mine get pellets every other day :wave:

Rachel89
07-08-2010, 08:46 AM
Blue gets none anymore ever. bracken gets 10 pellets once a day and HOney gets them twie a day as she has two meals with meds. Had no idea which one to mark on the poll lol

weeble
07-08-2010, 09:03 AM
My feeding routine is

8amish breakfast veg, hay and redigrass - maybe herbs too if we have some

5.30ish pelletts and hay top up. They alternate on free range time so grass and weeds too

9pmish more hay and redigrass

Nicola1
07-08-2010, 09:06 AM
Mine get pellets on a morning, veg on an afternoon, hay top ups at both feeds and at 1pm :wave: