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sally1974
26-09-2013, 06:52 PM
Mine can never seem to get enough, I swear I am adding hay every couple of hours :lol: I have never known any rabbits to love hay as much as mine do. I love seeing them munching their way through it though :love: are yours big hay eaters?

xClairex
26-09-2013, 07:05 PM
Yep Angel loves her hay.
I have to top her litter trays up a couple of times a day.
She also has her hay digging box (old 100x50 guinea pig cage) which has 'normal' hay and some treat hay mixed in which she spends a lot of time digging about for.
It is lovely seeing them tuck in to their food :love:

jemjabella
26-09-2013, 07:08 PM
Flymo wasn't - compensated by scoffing lots of grass - and I thought it was just his way. However, we recently bought a bale of meadow hay from a hay/straw farmer not too far away and he LOVES it. Clearly it was just a quality issue rather than him not liking hay. :thumb:

*Funny*Bunny*
26-09-2013, 07:09 PM
Yep :) I feel very lucky that they love hay after reading about fussy bunnies on here! They have only not eaten one hay before, and that was a really expensive one so I don't mind that :p they get baled hay from a local farm, and have never complained about it!

Fee
26-09-2013, 08:03 PM
Mine scoff constantly... that said, Aunty Ali spoiled them whilst they were there for their holidays and Smudge became very fussy....norty boy,!.......

He now only wants to eat Timothy Hay By Alfalfa King or Green Oat hay.. farm baled wont do.......But He eats hundreds of the other stuff!!!!.

They just nom, nom and nom....... and nom some more. i get through 3 half bales, 3 bags of green oat hay, 3 bags of Alfalfa King, Timothy hay every month and thats for 2 of them!!

Schez
26-09-2013, 08:09 PM
My outside bunnies are all mega hay munchers... :shock: but Reggie is not so good. :( he's been better since I scatter feed and hide the pellets in there - his poos are proof. At end of this month I'm ordering from hay for pets - I know that if he turns his nose up, the others won't! :lol:

Aly&Poppy<3
26-09-2013, 08:25 PM
I'm a word, yes :D Apart from Poppy of course.

northmcqueen
27-09-2013, 03:42 AM
Not until recently when we FINALLY found a brand of meadow hay he actually likes, now he's scoffing it like there's no tomorrow

Zoobec
27-09-2013, 06:40 AM
Yes, all four of them are :D their favourite is baled farm hay, which is lucky for me as its cheapest :lol:

kt6382
27-09-2013, 07:05 AM
Hmm.. I'm obviously doing something wrong then... mine will eat some hay if they have to but I never see them scoffing it like mad!! and they will eat anything else in the run first!!!! But they do go crazy for grass which they have access to 24/7 so I hope they are just eating that instead of mountains of hay. At the moment we are on a local farm bale which I thought they'd love but they're not so keen :( no room to buy a new one til they munch through this!!

sueny
27-09-2013, 07:22 AM
My two are good hay eaters but I have to keep them interested by swapping their hay every few days. I'm currently giving them timothy hay and Ings hay. Generally, the hay racks are pretty much empty by the morning.

Ailstar
27-09-2013, 09:12 AM
My two are good hay eaters but I have to keep them interested by swapping their hay every few days. I'm currently giving them timothy hay and Ings hay. Generally, the hay racks are pretty much empty by the morning.

Mine seem to have bored of ings! Shocking! I need my Timothy hay to arrive pronto! Especially since I have cut out all veg from their diet due to excess caecals.

Fifibutton
27-09-2013, 09:55 AM
Yep they are and it has to be meadow hay or they get very fussy about it. They just love it, I buy it by the bale and give them loads at a time so the burrow right through it too and make a hay warren. Its brilliant for eating, for keeping warm, for nesting and for stimulation. It helps to offset boredom as they scrabble and build with it. So in my opinion a rabbit can never have too much hay.

Fellie
27-09-2013, 10:22 AM
The 2 fluffies are very bad at eating hay - it is a constant balancing act of keeping their food pellets at a low enough amount so that they do eat hay, but not so low that Bobo gets extra grumpy and takes it out on Harley. I do worry about them as their poops aren't great - and concerned about teeth as well - just have to keep battling on:thumb:

The others are all great hay eaters - no worries about them - and you can tell from the difference in poops - the fluffies poops aren't brilliant where as the others are lovely.

myfriendpiegan
27-09-2013, 10:33 AM
My Bunchkin goes mad for it! When I first got him he had Pets at Home hay, horrible quality stuff but he seemed to love it anyway. Now I buy him greener stuff (normally Hay for Pets) and as soon as I refresh his supply he'll sit in his cage just eating and eating for ages!

The other day I bought some nice looking stuff home from a pet show and he was biting at the bag trying to get in :lol: That's why he's "Baby Bunchkin the Hay Munchkin" :oops:

foxy2279
27-09-2013, 11:44 AM
I have one hay mad. Two who will eat some and then get bored move away to come back later. Then Brownie good god he's such hard work sometimes. He will love a hay for a few days then just stop eating it. He has put himself into stasis before through his hay fusseyness. I have to rotate the boys hay so he doesn't get bored.

sally1974
27-09-2013, 03:42 PM
Yes, all four of them are :D their favourite is baled farm hay, which is lucky for me as its cheapest :lol:

I get bales as well and they love it. It's always lovely quality :love:

tulsi
27-09-2013, 09:08 PM
All of them except Frosty who doesnt seem that bothered about hay or even grass. He does eat them, just not much enthusiasm and not large amounts.

How much hay do you feed each rabbit a day?

Persie
29-09-2013, 09:33 AM
Mine scoff constantly... that said, Aunty Ali spoiled them whilst they were there for their holidays and Smudge became very fussy....norty boy,!.......

He now only wants to eat Timothy Hay By Alfalfa King or Green Oat hay.. farm baled wont do.......But He eats hundreds of the other stuff!!!!.

They just nom, nom and nom....... and nom some more. i get through 3 half bales, 3 bags of green oat hay, 3 bags of Alfalfa King, Timothy hay every month and thats for 2 of them!!
I thank you for this helpful comment. My boy is a pretty bad hay eater, he will nibble bits here & there but not enough in my opinion. We have always give him excel herbage since we got him & recently his poops have got bad, some are very tiny & hard so I decided enough is enough and as P@H is really the only pet shop about here I was at my tether as to what to try next, so thankfully I seen the Timothy Hay by Alfalfa King and in the space of only a day his poos are already bigger & more brown than black :D he is also eating more than before - I hope this is the road to success.

It sucks living in N.I. :cry: I have to pay crazy postage prices for deliveries but I do really want to try some Ings some time so will have to bite the bullet & pay what I have to :D

Sam and Truffs
29-09-2013, 09:36 AM
The 2 house buns are quite good hay-eaters but the Contis seem to have been eating less and less. TBH it has been difficult figuring out how much I actually need to feed them, and then we've had this spate of weeks of them being poorly. Once they are both better and outside again I'm going to gradually cut down the pellets a bit to see if they will eat more hay.

HoneyBear
29-09-2013, 10:25 AM
Bear and Alice never stop eating hay!
They will eat any old stuff too nice and easy :lol:

sunnibunny
29-09-2013, 10:34 AM
ha!! not a chance! my leah has never ever eaten hay! and now she doesnt eat grass even!! sigh. just have to keep giving lots of forage and she is now being picky on that too!! her poops and her teeth are a constant battle of trying to keep it alright.

Snowytoshi
29-09-2013, 03:16 PM
Judging by the two hay bales in my mom's room, I'm going to have to say yes :lol: The rabbits and the guinea pigs go nuts whenever they think they're going to get some hay. Sometimes Joshua even ignores his bedtime treat in favor of hay.

*lily*
29-09-2013, 03:36 PM
No, but it doesn't matter as he eats loads of grass.

bunbuns
29-09-2013, 10:10 PM
I've only got two buns but I have to buy hay by the bale because they just eat it constantly!

DebbieC
01-10-2013, 09:27 AM
Yep mine loves it, he has his favourites though. He loves Hay for Pets Ing hay, he's always munching on it.

Oompa-Loompa
01-10-2013, 09:57 AM
Yes! Bella loves her hay :)

Sarah1989
01-10-2013, 01:23 PM
Half and half. Badger and Blueberry love their hay and are constantly stuffing their cute fluffy faces with it :love: I haven't yet found a brand they don't like. For two tiny bunnies, it's amazing how much they eat. I have to fill their racks up 2-3 times a day :shock:

Slipper and Blackavar, not so much. Blackavar is new (I got him on Friday and spent the weekend/yesterday at emergency vet as he won't eat, but that's another story) and Slipper will occasionally deign to eat it, but only if she's starving and she knows it's ages until teatime and she had nothing else, the little monkey :lol:

Pebblesetc
01-10-2013, 01:27 PM
Yes, Helena moreso than Buckley though. Helena could get through about 5x her volume in hay per day and still need more! Buckley is much more conservative, he likes about 2x his volume of hay per day.

They get through about 18kg of hay a month.