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    Default Newly bonded pair: Different dietary needs!

    Hi,

    I was wondering how you all manage a bonded pair with different dietary needs.

    My boy Chester is prone to weightloss (this has been discussed with the vet) so I feed him Excel Junior pellets so he can benefit from a higher protein content.

    For ease, I slowly transitioned his partner onto the same pellets (I just feed her less of it), however I am finding that she is producing a large number of uneaten caecotropes which I can only imagine is due to the high protein content.

    They are both incredibly greedy. I feed them at different ends of their house but as soon as my girl finishes, she has her head in Chester's bowl.

    Am I better of transitioning them both onto a different feed that they can both tolerate and perhaps supplement Chester's food with something else to maintain his weight? Or should I be feeding them completely different diets.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    PS. They have endless access to a combination of timothy and oat hay.

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    It's difficult isn't it?!
    My rabbit Sylar is on a pellet free diet and his bonded friend needs pellets because he's a skinny boy. We have to feed them separately now because Sy would charge at Hiro and because he has balance issues (head tilt) he would knock him over I just wait until they are in different rooms and then shut the door. I give Hiro his pellets and my o/h gives Sy some dried forage so he doesn't feel like he's missing out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roxyroller88 View Post
    It's difficult isn't it?!
    My rabbit Sylar is on a pellet free diet and his bonded friend needs pellets because he's a skinny boy. We have to feed them separately now because Sy would charge at Hiro and because he has balance issues (head tilt) he would knock him over I just wait until they are in different rooms and then shut the door. I give Hiro his pellets and my o/h gives Sy some dried forage so he doesn't feel like he's missing out!
    This is what we do with our 2

    Ari is extremely skinny and now requires a diet which is high in sugar atm.
    Mr T who is usually sweet man gets very angry & grunts & bites us if she's getting & he isn't so as roxy said give the other something so they don't think they're missing out

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