Can my chickens eat rabbit pellets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TennesseeTruly, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    Someone gave me a buff brahma hen yesterday and along with her came a bunch of stuff. One of the things they gave me was rabbit food. They were feeding a rabbit until it ran away (or became food for something else) so they started giving the hen the rabbit food along with her laying food.

    Is this okay for her to eat?? Thanks in advance!

  2. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    If it is alflafla then yes. Even if it is grain and such it is safe. The only thing that would be high for a rabbit would be calcium as they have big litters and need it for milk. Even then if you feed it mixed it will be fine.
  3. fatboys farm

    fatboys farm Songster

    Oct 3, 2009
    Franklin GA
    i was wondering the same thing about cow sweet feed, maybe as a treat because it is sweet. eat more rabbits.
  4. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sweet feed has too much molasses.

    Rabbit pellets should be fine. I don't know a rabbit pellet that isn't alfalfa or timothy hay based. They can make up a little for lack of foraging in the winter. I've heard of them being given more to ducks for that reason. I give some to my seramas in pens and occasionally gave some last winter to the rest of the chickens.
  5. Sissy

    Sissy Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    [​IMG] Laurie,
    I give my brood alfalfa rabbit pellets as a treat
    when the fresh greens are scarce.

  6. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    My chickens wont eat rabbit pellets unless there crushed up and mixed in with there food. We have a giant ifa bag and my sister lost interest in her bunnies so i have a lot of pellets to get rid of, so thats the only reason i feed them to my chickens.
  7. chickenquail

    chickenquail In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2012
    my chickens love it
    in the winter on a cold morning i put the rabbit pellets in a bowl n put hot water in it sit it down then leave it to cool down until its warm the chickens are into it n love it so sometimes i just buy the rabbit pellets in the winter for warm treats

    i hope its not bad for them but ive had chickens all my life n i have always given them rabbit pellets as a treat and none of them have become sick after feeding it to them so i think it is fine

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