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    So should I just put mums food out and let them share or should I put baby pellets in for them when mums out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise H View Post
    So should I just put mums food out and let them share or should I put baby pellets in for them when mums out?
    You could put half and half in the same bowl, it wont harm Mum to have some of the Breeder/Grower pellets, she could no doubt do with the extra protein they contain as she has been raising her Kits x

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    I agree with Jane. They can be fed unlimited pellets now as they will know what they need better than we do. I would, however, be careful with giving mum a different type of pellet and would suggest the gradual introduction, like with any new food. As she will be eating more pellets, she may well also have excess caecals, but this will settle when they are separated and she has her food gradually reduced back to a normal amount. Also, I'm sure you know, but they need as much hay as you can get in there, as this will promote good hay eating habits early. I would suggested fresh hay twice a day to keep them interested and eating it.
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    We've dropped the hay basket and water bottle down and I've seen the babies during the water occasionally and I've seen them sniffing the hay and eating the straw!!
    Our rabbits don't eat a lot of hay. They did ok until about 2 months ago, now they don't eat it much at all, which I know is concerning. Yet I've seen them both eat straw. I read on here to reduce pellets to encourage hay consumption and to be honest I do think they have more pellets than they should. The post said they could live happy and healthily on just hay and greens so as I can't reduce Willows pellets yet I've started with Inyx. Day 2 and not a noticeable change in any hay munching but they always eat plenty of grass when out. I'll start putting the babies some small pellets out in the morning. Could they have a mixture of adult and baby so that change over doesn't take so long later!!?

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    I should add that actually I have needed to fill Willows hay each day this week so she and possible the babies are eating hay. Perhaps she's not getting enough pellets so she's having to eat more hay.

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    Did anything change with your hay two months ago? What kind of hay do you buy?

    Yes, babies can have a mix of foods. The reason that baby food is recommended is higher protein which is good for growing and is also good for mummy bunny too when she is dispelling a lot of energy on milk production and feeding.

    The babies should be eating hay now. I've found a hay rack isn't great for getting bunnies to eat lots of hay unless it's over where they go to the toilet so, to increase hay consumption I would always suggest hay in the litter tray (in large amounts, obviously added to and changed regularly).
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    We did change the hay 2 months ago, just for them to try something else and they liked that too but then when we went back to the previous one they liked they didn't eat it. The hay used to be over the litter tray but then we separated them and they used the toilet in different corners so I moved the litter tray accordingly leaving the hay where it was. Should I try putting Willows in one side of her litter tray or just outside it on one side? Onyx's will be a bit trickier as he now has a corner tray. He still won't eat his hay after 3 days reduced pellets. He likes his grass though! We have plenty of that!

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    How's your bunnies doing Louise?

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    Hello all. I have a question. The babies are now 5 weeks and 2 days old (37 days). We've put them in the run as usual and noticed that she keeps putting her paws on their backs, almost like she's forcing them to be submissive as she squishes them to the ground, but then she's scratching them as if digging on their backs. This may seem really dumb but is she teaching them the 'rabbit way' or is she being a bit heavy handed and trying to drive them away? I read one of the links posted to me on her weeks ago and it said about 4 weeks the babies begin to wean and mum MAY try to drive them away as her hormones return. She nipped my husband as he picked her up to put her in the run this afternoon, before we spotted what she was doing to the babies. On Thursday she can go back with Daddy Bunny, outside at least. What I'm wondering is if it's safe for the babies to go back with mummy or if we should separate them from her fire their safety? What did you think? They are eating pellets and hay now but I don't know how much they still feed from mum. I need to decide what to do before bed time tonight. Thank you in advance. Louise x

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    How's your bunnies doing Louise?
    They seem to be doing really well. They're full of energy and eating and pooping well. They like their hay too which is a relief unlike their parents! It's just the issue we've just realised above that we need to learn about or rectify! I'll see if I can get some more recent pics up! They are gorgeous!

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