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bunnylove
10-03-2005, 02:24 PM
veg daily???

and how much?

haffyj
10-03-2005, 02:34 PM
eeeerrrmmm

I give a carrot chopped into two, a chunk of cucumber (Not always cucumber) and a couple of chunks of apple and some broccoli a day to each rabbit the guineas get a lttle bit more for Vit C,

i normally give the veg in the evening (Dry food in the morning) and what ever is left by morning if any will be thrown but this is normally the skin of apple that is left!!!

SOAD
10-03-2005, 02:42 PM
I do it daily and some fruit they have

Cabage
spring greens
bit of kale
Tomatoes
carrot
apples
little oranges
celary
They have been having parsley cause it's cheap at the farm at the moment.
broccoli (spelling)
Anything whoops at the asda (on top of the stuff I feed above as an extra).

I was just reading that giving them too much veg is bad, I didn't know that.

I do a caserole dish between two a night plus spring greens and cabbage on the floor.

Adele
10-03-2005, 02:49 PM
For bunnies with healthy guts and not prone to gut statis or bloat.

a quarter a carrot a day, or few pieces of fresh herb, or piece of celery.
But no more than this.

For Young rabbits and those with a history of tummy problems.

Hay and small amount of dried food only.
If eating Hay well, then a small handful of fresh herbs several times a week as a treat.

I have observed over 5oo rabbits on different diets over the years, and the diet that appears to keep most problems at bay (teeth, gut problems etc) is as above. :)
We rarely have to take the bunnies to the Vets and they are all elderly in the main :)
We had many problems in the past when we fed greens, fruit etc.

SOAD
10-03-2005, 02:54 PM
For bunnies with healthy guts and not prone to gut statis or bloat.

a quarter a carrot a day, or few pieces of fresh herb, or piece of celery.
But no more than this.

:shock: Oh My God really? So I am giving my bunnies too much fresh food.

SOAD
10-03-2005, 02:57 PM
Ok you see in the picture below and you see the little dish in the right hand corner where Marley is standing, every pair of bunnies have a dish like that a night, is that too much?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/Tree4836/Pic026a.jpg

bunnylove
10-03-2005, 02:59 PM
For bunnies with healthy guts and not prone to gut statis or bloat.

a quarter a carrot a day, or few pieces of fresh herb, or piece of celery.
But no more than this.

:shock: Oh My God really? So I am giving my bunnies too much fresh food.

me too!!!!!!!!!

Adele
10-03-2005, 02:59 PM
[quote="Tree

:shock: Oh My God really? So I am giving my bunnies too much fresh food.[/quote]

It is not for me to judge that Tree, but I would ensure rabbits have more hay than anything else.
The only way of making them eat is hay, is to keep fresh stuff to a minimum. Little and often is okay with healthy bunnies, but ONLY if they are eating a lot of hay. Otherwise I would not feed veggies at all.!.
It depends on the individual rabbit to some extent.


Rabbits may seem fine on a largely vegetable based diet, but the improvement long term on a mainly hay diet is a marked one :)

Bertie
10-03-2005, 03:01 PM
Daily. I treat the seven bunnies as though they're four pairs (Boscov counts as two little bunnies when we're counting bellies) and then just divvy up what ever we've got into quarters. So one night they'll share a cauliflower, another night they'll share a bag of greens, the next night they'll get a few heads of broccoli between them. So if you work out how big an eighth of a medium sized cauliflower is, that's how much veg I give my bunnies each day. If I'm feeding carrots, then one carrot feeds three bunny bellies.

I feed both the veggies and the pellets in the evening so for the rest of the day they have nothing but hay. I don't like to feed veggies in the morning and the pellets in the evening (or vice versa) as it gives a fussy bunny the chance to avoid eating hay.

bunnytales
10-03-2005, 03:01 PM
Yep I can defo vouch for Adele's diet as Buffs had reocurring Statis probs and since changing her diet - Hey Presto no more probs - the only variance I do give is just a tiny bit of Fresh Fennel (when I can get it) as I've heard this is really good for their tums.

Adele
10-03-2005, 03:07 PM
Yes Lany Fresh Fennel is great as it relieves wind in bunnies, and humans :oops: :oops: :lol:

SOAD
10-03-2005, 03:07 PM
They do have an awfull lot of hay too, A fall size bail lasts me about two weeks, I don't want to cause my bunnies tummy problems. Zippy and Scooby don't have any dried food. I have suspected I 've been over feeding before, my veg bill is about £30 a week (purely for the buns)

lauren K.
10-03-2005, 03:08 PM
I was giving veg daily, but recently one of my buns is leaving a lot of soft cecal pellets in the morning, so I'm going to cut back the amount. I was giving a couple of stalks of cilantro, a half a carrot and maybe a bit of cabbage. One of the buns has no problem, but the other is leaving soft stools around. :roll: :roll:

lauren K.
10-03-2005, 03:09 PM
Oh, and Adele:

Can they get enough vitamins from Hay? I know the fiber and protein etc. are goodin hay, but I worry that it will lead to vitamin dificiencies if I don't give a bit of veg.

Adele
10-03-2005, 03:10 PM
[quote="Tree, my veg bill is about £30 a week (purely for the buns)[/quote]

:shock: :shock: :shock: Well just think Tree the bunnies would be fine without all that veg, and you could save all that money to use for more rabbiting mischief instead :wink: new rabbit Des Res perhaps :P :lol:

Adele
10-03-2005, 03:13 PM
Oh, and Adele:

Can they get enough vitamins from Hay? I know the fiber and protein etc. are goodin hay, but I worry that it will lead to vitamin dificiencies if I don't give a bit of veg.

That is a very good point Lauren and a common concern.
All the nutrients bunnies require should be available from good quality hay.

Our bunnies are very fit, and lively on a hay only diet... :D we do give some bunnies herbs etc(but for a treat not as a vitamin top up necessarily), but most just have hay and a tiny bit of dried food.
Their coats are glossy, tails bushy and they are full of energy :)
I supplement their diet in the Winter with a small handful of oats, and vitamin supplements though just to give them a boost. :)

haffyj
10-03-2005, 03:16 PM
i must be feeding mine to much as well :oops: , they eat a fair bit of hay but not loads i might have to cut back a bit on the veg!!!!

SOAD
10-03-2005, 03:19 PM
[quote="Tree, my veg bill is about £30 a week (purely for the buns)

:shock: :shock: :shock: Well just think Tree the bunnies would be fine without all that veg, and you could save all that money to use for more rabbiting mischief instead :wink: new rabbit Des Res perhaps :P :lol:[/quote]

:lol: :lol:

RussAb
10-03-2005, 03:22 PM
Yep I can defo vouch for Adele's diet....
Same here.....my two appear to be much the better since I cut out veggies altogether from their diet. They've got good teeth, and always look full of energy. They get a small amount of pellets and the rest is hay and grass. Once we've sussed out what's wrong with Abbie (I'm pretty sure it's not diet related, but just to be on the safe side....), I might introduce veggies as the odd treat, once or twice a week if that. They certainly do now eat a lot more hay than they used to when I fed them veggies.

My vet said that in his view, the ideal diet was a small amount of pellets to encourage them to eat hay, and otherwise just hay, hay, grass and a bit more hay! And that whilst veggies were generally fine for bunnies, they should be viewed in the same way humans view chocolate, beer etc. I assume that doesn't mean when it looks like your bunny has had a bad day, you let your bunny gorge themselves on carrots.... :lol: :lol:

But you'll also find a lot of people have a lot of healthy bunnies feeding them on lots of veggies. That also makes for a pretty powerful argument and is hard to argue against. So I'd say to do whatever you think's best. It's also very dependent on the individual bunny from what I can tell, as to what their stomach can take.

anon101
10-03-2005, 06:15 PM
My Rabbit's diet consists of: (per Rabbit)

Morning:

Small handful of pellet's (Allen and Page)
Half a Carrot
1/4 of a slice of rock hard wholemeal bread.

Plenty of hay and fresh grass or freeze dried grass in winter.

Evening:

Small handful of pellets.

Selection of Fruit, Vegetables, Herbs and hand picked plants/leaves/weeds from outside (summer only).

Plenty of Hay and Fresh grass or freeze dried grass in winter.

I've never had a Rabbit with Stasis/bloat or one who has had teeth problems.

I believe the most important thing in a Rabbit's diet is lots and lots of Hay and Grass as this is a Rabbit’s natural diet.

I try and feed several really hard thing's a day to help keep there teeth in check.

I keep fruit to a min.

As treat's I offer branches of trees such as Rowan, Lime and Ash. Rowan is a firm favourite with my lot.

Louise

SOAD
10-03-2005, 06:24 PM
Oh I give dried grass that I buy, is that ok? I do get it from outside in the summer.

Towsbuns
10-03-2005, 06:32 PM
I have a large tupperware box which I fill weekly with various veg, they have a handful of that each plus a kale or spring green leaf hand fed to each of them.

taylor v 109
10-03-2005, 06:39 PM
I think that as long as your rabbit has been raised on veg then its okay every day, if not u need to bulid up the veg slowley. As u know rabbit it veg all day in the wild and hay all winter so its a natural diet, but captive rabbits are not so hardy and caution is best. val

Betty
10-03-2005, 06:43 PM
Mine have fresh veg everyday, Roger will eat anything but Jessica is a very fussy eater. I am pampering to her needs at the mo cos she has had lots of babies, bless her.


Betty

Kerri C
10-03-2005, 06:56 PM
I give Ralf and Poppy a thin slice of carrot each, a small piece of broccolli, a handful of spring greens and a small piece of apple each - twice a day with a small amount of super excel twice a day and loads of hay.

bluebunny
10-03-2005, 07:06 PM
Mine have lots of veg daily
Am
a bowl of dryed grass with a tiny bit of dry
peice of carrot,brocilli,cabbage leaf,peice of apple and whatever other veg i have
A big tray full of hay
then the same pm

They are all very healthy with no tummy or bottom probs

ollie
10-03-2005, 07:14 PM
Ollie has a bit of carrot (which she never touches-but put it in, incase), celery tops, brocolli, and apple daily, every now and again she has a bit of melon too.

The guinea pigs have a lot of veg and eat a whole carrot each daily.

touie
10-03-2005, 07:54 PM
My 3 have 1/2 bowl of pellets between them in the morning and a tea plate of fresh veg, usually a selection of savoy cabbage, romaine lettuce, kale, baby spinach, broccoli, fresh herbs and 1/3 carrot each!! depending on what I have in the fridge!!!

They have fresh hay in the evening to nibble on and 1/2 bowl of pellets.

Nix
11-03-2005, 04:18 PM
These are per rabbit:

AM
1 small handful of pellets
1 small carrot

PM
1 large handful of pellets
Small floret of broccoli
Half a cabbage leaf
8th of an apple (no core)

Free hay all the time.

Dudley has a runny tummy sometimes. We have to give pellets cos the skinny little b*gger needs the calories, he also gets a couple of dessertspoons of oats every day as well.

doorkeeper
11-03-2005, 10:02 PM
Mine get alot of carrots as I buy a sack every week, at least until the weather gets too warm as then they go off too fast. But by then I can pick grass and other wild edibles in large enough quantities. So in the winter they get a carrot most evenings, or half an apple, or a stick of celery, or a cabbge leaf, or a parsnip. They always have some sort of veg anyway, but not in large quantities.

Tamsin
11-03-2005, 10:28 PM
Mine get whatever we're eating so as long as we get our five portions of fruit & veg so do they :D

We have a bowl that gets filled throughout the day and they have it in the evening. So if we have carrots for tea the tops/tails & peeling go in the 'bunny bowl' ditto with parsnip etc. if we have brocoli the stalk and any spare bits go in the bowl, etc. Yesterday they had apple, carrot, a slice of cucumber today they have a whole carrot on the kabob, plus parsnip and some cabbage.

They eat a pile of hay big enough to cushion their bums while they eat it and about 75g of pellets between two of them, half of which goes in the treatball.

Tam

linnyloo
12-03-2005, 10:30 PM
How can you tell good hay from bad?

anon101
13-03-2005, 12:31 AM
The smell normaly give's it away.

Bad hay smell's musty/mouldy and is usually very dusty. Bad hay is often darker then good hay.

Good hay smells sweet and fresh, it should be light green in colour. It should contain little dust.

Louise

lauren K.
13-03-2005, 06:00 PM
A couple of stupid questions:

1) what's the difference between dried grass and hay? I thought hay WAS dried grass :?: :?:

2) With Fennel, should you feed the leaves or the root? I always see fennel root at the supermarket, but I don't see the leaves so often...

Thanks, experts! :D

nicolar
13-03-2005, 07:40 PM
I feed veggies once a day in the evening. They get 1/3 of a carrot, 1/4 of an apple, 1/3 of a celery stick, plus sometimes piece of brocolli and cauliflower (if mum buys it!!) and as a treat they get a tomato, raspberry or some cucumber, normally once every week or two weeks.
They also get about 50g A+P pellets each (Princess gets 75g Excel), and lots of hay. I've never had any problems with their tummies and their teeth are all fine :)