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    I think her poos might be too small and dark, they are not large or uniform and sort of misshapen and not very friable. I think she needs more fibre so I will slowly change her pellets to Fibafirst as she is definitely not a big hay eater either, and they have added vitamins like pellets. Thank you for your suggestions, I will change very gradually so as not to upset her tummy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibun View Post
    I am wondering if you have tried very coarse Timothy hay as all my Rabbits really like it and would prefer it over Meadow hay if they had the choice. It isn't very hand friendly though! Also, has your Bunny had his/her teeth checked in particular the molars? You could also try a few less Pellets and I have noticed they eat better when they have a friend, although this may not be possible.
    She has tried the small pet select 1st cut timothy and doesn't like this, where do you get your coarse timothy? She has had her teeth checked quite recently and they said everything was fine. I am worried about getting her a friend, she is a spayed female but humps and rips the fur out of her stuffed toys...I am scared of what she would do to a real rabbit! She lives in my bedroom with me and I study from home so is constantly around me so I never worried about companionship, but I didn't realise having another rabbit might help her to eat better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaisinP View Post
    She has tried the small pet select 1st cut timothy and doesn't like this, where do you get your coarse timothy? She has had her teeth checked quite recently and they said everything was fine. I am worried about getting her a friend, she is a spayed female but humps and rips the fur out of her stuffed toys...I am scared of what she would do to a real rabbit! She lives in my bedroom with me and I study from home so is constantly around me so I never worried about companionship, but I didn't realise having another rabbit might help her to eat better...
    I'm a big fan of timothyhay.co.uk. My rabbits have been loving their https://www.timothyhay.co.uk/product...of-timothy-hay fora long time now. They are excellent hay eaters, but when I decided to get them a change and got them this https://www.timothyhay.co.uk/product...-orchard-grass, it appears that they are eating just as enthusiastically, but the hay is not going down so fast, so they actually aren't.

    I notice that they now have oat hay again https://www.timothyhay.co.uk/product...of-timothy-hay They also have recently introduced an extra stalkyhttps://www.timothyhay.co.uk/products/copy-of-2018-9kg-of-timothy-hay

    I think if I was in your position, I would email Gavin at timothyhay.co.uk and ask if he would put together a mixed pack of perhaps the oat, the original timothy and the extra stalky timothy. They are a very good company to deal with and always try to be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    I'm a big fan of timothyhay.co.uk. My rabbits have been loving their https://www.timothyhay.co.uk/product...of-timothy-hay fora long time now. They are excellent hay eaters, but when I decided to get them a change and got them this https://www.timothyhay.co.uk/product...-orchard-grass, it appears that they are eating just as enthusiastically, but the hay is not going down so fast, so they actually aren't.

    I notice that they now have oat hay again https://www.timothyhay.co.uk/product...of-timothy-hay They also have recently introduced an extra stalkyhttps://www.timothyhay.co.uk/products/copy-of-2018-9kg-of-timothy-hay

    I think if I was in your position, I would email Gavin at timothyhay.co.uk and ask if he would put together a mixed pack of perhaps the oat, the original timothy and the extra stalky timothy. They are a very good company to deal with and always try to be helpful.
    I bought some samples from there about a year ago, but can't remember what she thought of them...I emailed them a couple of months ago asking if they had any samples, and they said unfortunately they aren't sending any out but if I purchased one of their hays they could add some to the order. I may try asking again though and explain my situation...
    The only issue I have is they seem to only do minimum 8.5kg bales and I am not sure where to store such a large amount, and with one poor-hay-eating bunny it may last ages!
    How quickly do your bunnies get through one bale in the spring/summer when they are also eating grass/wild plants?
    Although, they are good value and if she likes the samples I think I would just have to find a place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaisinP View Post
    I bought some samples from there about a year ago, but can't remember what she thought of them...I emailed them a couple of months ago asking if they had any samples, and they said unfortunately they aren't sending any out but if I purchased one of their hays they could add some to the order. I may try asking again though and explain my situation...
    The only issue I have is they seem to only do minimum 8.5kg bales and I am not sure where to store such a large amount, and with one poor-hay-eating bunny it may last ages!
    How quickly do your bunnies get through one bale in the spring/summer when they are also eating grass/wild plants?
    Although, they are good value and if she likes the samples I think I would just have to find a place!
    My two bunnies take about 4 weeks to get through 8.5kgs in the Summer, when they've also got wild plants and grass.

    I might be wrong, but I think they are happy to provide a mixed bale (rather than samples). Perhaps send Graciee a PM - I think she's said that she has had this from timothyhay.co.uk

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    Where her teeth checked under sedation? Conscious vet cannot see back teeth well enough to rule out dental issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny momma View Post
    Where her teeth checked under sedation? Conscious vet cannot see back teeth well enough to rule out dental issues.
    No, the vet stuck a thing in her mouth while she was awake. I will mention this at the vets next time, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    My two bunnies take about 4 weeks to get through 8.5kgs in the Summer, when they've also got wild plants and grass.

    I might be wrong, but I think they are happy to provide a mixed bale (rather than samples). Perhaps send Graciee a PM - I think she's said that she has had this from timothyhay.co.uk
    Thanks, that would be good to get a variety of hays in one bale I will look into that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    The dark colour of her poop is almost certainly due to her having grass and wild plants rather than hay. My rabbits' poops is darker this time of the year than in the winter when a far greater percentage of their diet is hay. I'm not concerned by this. The size would increase if she ate more hay or hay-based products. If she has shown a preference for the soft-cut from haybox, it would be worth trying her with a soft timothy from a different supplier. In my experience rabbits can be incredibly picky when it comes to preferences for hay. Have you tried hay cookies for her to nibble?

    My rabbits get a diet based on wild plants and hay with a very small amount of pellets. I am a big fan of tree leaves and use these almost daily. Any rabbit-safe trees are suitable and this time of the year most trees have succulent new leaves which seem to be tasty. We feed Hawthorn, Hazel, Ash and Willow mainly. The tree sticks are also beneficial and they eat the thinner ones whole. Do you feed Bramble leaves? These are supposed to be very beneficial for a rabbit's digestion and they are popular.
    thanks for informations. What you wrote helped me a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelal12 View Post
    thanks for informations. What you wrote helped me a lot.
    Aww I'm really pleased If you have need any further information or have questions, please just ask

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