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    Default How much food should a rabbit eat a day?

    Ive recently got a feeding cup so i know my rabbits are getting the right amount of food but how much food do they need a day? ive got 2 netherland bucks, 2 netherland crosses not sure what they are crossed with tho but are larger than a nethie but smaller than a normal rabbit and 2 normal sized rabbits altho i am unsure of there breed, they have all been put onto excel pellets but i dont know how much each rabbit should be getting a day the nethies and the 2 normal rabbits also get veg in the evening but the 2 nethie crosses are just starting to have nibbles of veg a day

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    There isn't really a set rule as bunnies have different metabolisms. As a rule of thumb my vets recommend a tablespoon each for normal size adult buns and smaller as the idea is they eat as much hay as possible. However this may need to be adjusted slightly to suit your individual buns needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy104 View Post
    There isn't really a set rule as bunnies have different metabolisms. As a rule of thumb my vets recommend a tablespoon each for normal size adult buns and smaller as the idea is they eat as much hay as possible. However this may need to be adjusted slightly to suit your individual buns needs.
    A tablespoon? Honestly? My Pumpkin as she's feeding her kits goes through 2 bowls per day.
    Dexie, my male dutch goes through 1 bowl.
    My two rescues (who are severely underweight) go through between 1 and 1 and a half bowls per day plus all eat a crazy amount of hay.
    None are overweight though and have been fed that amount since I got them :S I simply free feed... give them a bowl a day and they eat what they like. Never had any problems doing it this way as all eat what they want and leave the rest.

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    a tablespoon??? are you sure...
    my rabbit that is nursing has about 1 and a half -2 bowls plus lots of hay....and my other rabbits have 1 bowl and lots of hay....
    i dont think a tablespoon is enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy104 View Post
    There isn't really a set rule as bunnies have different metabolisms. As a rule of thumb my vets recommend a tablespoon each for normal size adult buns and smaller as the idea is they eat as much hay as possible. However this may need to be adjusted slightly to suit your individual buns needs.
    Agree with this. It is recommended that they have an eggcupful of pellets per day. It is, of course, different for bunnies feeding their kits, and for kits themselves. They need to have unlimited hay - the grinding action needed to eat hay is different from that needed to eat pellets and helps to keep their teeth in good condition. Hay is also essential to keep their gut working properly (they need the fibre hay provides). If they 'fill up' on pellets they won't be interested in hay.

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    PS Just wonder whether you might be better posting in the 'Diet' section?

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    sorry i didnt realise there was a diet section, ive not been using this site long and i have the rabbit chat page saved on my pc so it just comes up with the rabbit chat page my partner set it up for me

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    a tablespoon??? are you sure...
    Yes, I have it in writing from a vet. But as I said its only a guide line. Obviously nursing mothers and rescues who've been neglected are going to need more calories.

    If I free fed I would end up with extreamly fat bunnies who never ate hay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy104 View Post
    Yes, I have it in writing from a vet. But as I said its only a guide line. Obviously nursing mothers and rescues who've been neglected are going to need more calories.

    If I free fed I would end up with extreamly fat bunnies who never ate hay.
    ^^This.

    The vet who is treating Ginger very much says exactly that Amy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stranger23 View Post
    sorry i didnt realise there was a diet section, ive not been using this site long and i have the rabbit chat page saved on my pc so it just comes up with the rabbit chat page my partner set it up for me
    Sorry - I didn't mean it is a criticism. It's just that it might bring more responses if it's posted in that section.

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