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    Hello all, hope you're all keeping safe with everything going on. Just a quick question regarding hay.
    My rabbit is currently 5 months roughly and up till this point she was eating meadow hay perfectly fine, last week she became really picky so didn't any hay at all that was left or fallen to the floor which normally she gobbles it up like a hoover. Now she point blank refuses to eat at all.
    I must admit what we're buying is cheap hay so I suppose you get what you pay for but it's weird how she used to love it now does not? Is there any other hay I can get for her and not too expensive as I've been laid off my job right now so we don't have much income coming in.

    Thank you

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    Is she still eating her pellets? Veggies? Any forage?
    It might just be a bad bag of hay but it also could indicate a possible problem with her teeth.
    Where do you get her hay? If you can get to a horse feed supplier, they often sell hay in bales which would work out cheaper than shop brought hay. Timothy hay is most popular in our house.
    At five months old she will be approaching the time to get her spayed.
    I assume you are aware that she needs two vaccinations, one called nobivac and other called one Filavac
    I hope she starts eating her hay soon

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    I agree that teeth issues, such as spurs, could be a reason why she is reluctant to eat hay. Or it could be that she has suddenly become quite fussy.

    Quite a lot of us here get hay from Timothyhay.co.uk. Really good company, great value for money compared to shop bought hay, and very popular with a lot of bunnies. They do different varieties: soft and stalky timothy hay, green oat and orchard grass. I believe you can contact them and ask for a sample before splashing out on a whole bag.

    Also popular is the ings hay from hayandstraw.co.uk. They also do a timothy and rye and meadow hay. You can get samples from there too.

    I've also heard good things about Dust Free Hay, although I haven't used them myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motty View Post
    Is she still eating her pellets? Veggies? Any forage?
    It might just be a bad bag of hay but it also could indicate a possible problem with her teeth.
    Where do you get her hay? If you can get to a horse feed supplier, they often sell hay in bales which would work out cheaper than shop brought hay. Timothy hay is most popular in our house.
    At five months old she will be approaching the time to get her spayed.
    I assume you are aware that she needs two vaccinations, one called nobivac and other called one Filavac
    I hope she starts eating her hay soon

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    Yes she still eats everything else, she's goes absolutely crazy for them. Whenever we go to the kitchen she runs like maniac to come too! So she's eating fine on those. We got her hay from the bargain shop actually to start with when we first got her but she really liked it in the beginning so we didn't feel a need to change. We bought a bag foraging from pets at home which she sticks her nose up at but if it's the only thing going in her bowl then she'll quietly take it away and eat it when we are not looking.
    We have already had her spayed, around 4 weeks ago which has changed her eating habits as this was around the time that she refused to touch any fallen hay that came from her hay feeder.

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    refusal to eat hay could be an indication of dental problems. they'll eat other food just fine as it doesn't require the side to side action that hay does. it could also be a bad batch, hay does vary, but if she's unwilling to eat any hay I would book an appointment with a rabbit savvy vet to check her back teeth.

    personally mine hate the pet store hay, its chopped so the strands aren't long, its not very green nor does it smell nice. its old dusty hay imo and mine despise the stuff!

    usually hay from equine stores or farms is cheap, I had a massive bale from a farm for a fiver but, it didn't really go down too well with my other bun.

    I now purchase Haybox, others get hay from timothyhay.co.uk which has good reviews, as well as hay and straw! I love haybox, my two love the hay, + no plastic waste as it comes in a cardboard box. I purchase 10kg (comes in two 5kg boxes). a 5kg box lasts maybe a month and a half? but I have two bunnies also, it would last longer with just one. its expensive in a way, but I guess it just depends on how often you need to purchase it

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    I would be worried if there is no obvious answer to her lack of appetite (eg mouldy hay). If the hay smells ok and she's not eating anything else, you need to seek veterinary advice. A rabbit that isn't eating is an emergency. If they don't have continuous food input, their guts go into stasis.

    What are her poos like? Same size, quantity, shape & colour as usual? Lack of food will drastically reduce output.
    Will she eat fresh grass or dandelion leaves? Another fresh batch of hay to try? Any favourite food?

    I get bales of hay from a horse supply place - it is decent quality hay (has to be - sick horses are very expensive) and much cheaper than elsewhere - although it went up in price a couple of years ago and mine is nearly 8 a bale now. A standard 2 string bale fills a standard 240 litre wheely bin. Other cheaper places to try for a smaller quantity are Wilkos and B&M. Hay doesn't have to be expensive - they just need to eat it in quantity. It is definitely worth trying a different bag to see if it makes a difference, and take it from there.

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    How many Pellets does she get as this sounds as it could be she is getting enough other food and has decided she doesn't want the hay. Also, with her being spayed and 5 months old she doesn't need quite as much food as she did when she was younger. So she should be getting about 1.5 tbsps. of pellets, a small amount of Veg or Herbs, and lots of Hay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibun View Post
    How many Pellets does she get as this sounds as it could be she is getting enough other food and has decided she doesn't want the hay. Also, with her being spayed and 5 months old she doesn't need quite as much food as she did when she was younger. So she should be getting about 1.5 tbsps. of pellets, a small amount of Veg or Herbs, and lots of Hay.
    Hello, can I ask how much roughly veg and herbs we should give her daily? At the moment we are giving her a small mix of both daily which is roughly a handful all together and then she gets a small piece of fruit twice a week which is what our vet suggested when we was first introducing her to new foods

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibun View Post
    How many Pellets does she get as this sounds as it could be she is getting enough other food and has decided she doesn't want the hay. Also, with her being spayed and 5 months old she doesn't need quite as much food as she did when she was younger. So she should be getting about 1.5 tbsps. of pellets, a small amount of Veg or Herbs, and lots of Hay.
    Sorry just to add, our vet had told us to give her 25-30g a day of pellets

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJoshM View Post
    Hello, can I ask how much roughly veg and herbs we should give her daily? At the moment we are giving her a small mix of both daily which is roughly a handful all together and then she gets a small piece of fruit twice a week which is what our vet suggested when we was first introducing her to new foods

    Thank you
    roughly herbs/veg a ball the size of their head, once a day

    pellet should be roughly 1tbsp per KG of body weight. however those under 6 months need more to grow - some suggest unlimited but I personally disagree as it doesn't set up for good hay eating. if I know the breed, I give the rough adult weight + an extra tbsp. if not, I tend to aim for 5 tbsp of pellet a day. personally I find it too risky as good hay eating habits are made young, and many will prefer to eat pellet over the hay, leading to dental issues. I made the mistake of giving my first bun unlimited, he was awful for eating hay, not to mention a dental at 6 months. he did suffer dental issues the rest of his life (likely genetic), but I def don't feel it helped not setting him up for good hay eating habits in the first place!

    but that's my two cents - everybody has a different idea.

    my two indoor only get 1 tbsp a day, despite being 2.5kg and 2.8kg. they're indoor, so they don't burn calories trying to keep warm, and they don't actually fully eat any more than that! so it works well for us and they're extremely healthy

    when Orion was a baby, I gave him 4tbsp of pellet a day I believe? I can't remember now, it was 3 or 4. he's a mini rex and rough adult weight is around 2kg.

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