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    I have 9 gorgeous bunnies and am always looking for ways to feed them well without breaking the bank! During the Summer they have mostly fresh forage from a field near me and of course hay plus a few pellets. In the winter when forage is scarce I buy veg instead. I would like to give them dried forage each day to replace a lot of the veg because I think it would be better/more natural for them. I understand that some of the nutrients disappear in the drying process but it must still be good and nutritious for them.
    I'd love some feedback from people who use dried forage as more than a treat. Where you buy from/ benefits/ cost/ how much you feed etc.
    i have some on order from a business in Norfolk to see what they think of it but any advice or feedback is very welcome.
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    I make my own dry forage over the summer / early autumn. It supplements the hay and limited greens available over winter.
    At the moment, I have assorted willow tree and apple tree prunings dried and in storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmer View Post
    I make my own dry forage over the summer / early autumn. It supplements the hay and limited greens available over winter.
    At the moment, I have assorted willow tree and apple tree prunings dried and in storage.
    Thank you for this. I don't have the space to do my own unfortunately and I'd need to make such a lot! I bet your rabbits love what you dry for them. I will be interested to see what my bunnies make of dried forage

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    I dry my own too - but I've only 3 to cater for & that takes up enough room, its surprisingly bulky. I never really know how much to feed - same as I'm uncertain with fresh - however I do feed a wide variety so I don't think they'll ever get too much of one thing . Let us know what your buns thing. their are loads of dried forage threads with recommendations of where to buy (I think Hop to Forage & Galens Garden, Hay Experts & Natures Grub come up a lot - I think the latter is the economy option

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    I do not feed pellets so I use a huge amount of dried forage. I buy from here

    https://www.naturesgrub.co.uk/collections/rabbits


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    How do people keep their dried forage?

    Is it like hay that needs ventilation or are sealed tubs okay?

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    I keep mine in cardboard boxes or strong paper bags, then store in a dry shed or standard dustbin. Large cereal boxes are quite good for tree and bush prunings - twigs are about 30cm long and the leaves don't get crushed.

    They need checking and rotating to stop mould growing - but my home dried forage probably isn't as dry as commercially produced stuff.
    Don't forget to label it. Dry forage all startsto look similar after a few weeks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by InspectorMorse View Post
    I do not feed pellets so I use a huge amount of dried forage. I buy from here

    https://www.naturesgrub.co.uk/collections/rabbits
    Thank you Jane. I'm going to need a fair amount too so I will look into buying some from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I dry my own too - but I've only 3 to cater for & that takes up enough room, its surprisingly bulky. I never really know how much to feed - same as I'm uncertain with fresh - however I do feed a wide variety so I don't think they'll ever get too much of one thing . Let us know what your buns thing. their are loads of dried forage threads with recommendations of where to buy (I think Hop to Forage & Galens Garden, Hay Experts & Natures Grub come up a lot - I think the latter is the economy option
    Thank you. That's useful to know

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