Can Rabbits eat hay?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by GracefulBantams, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

    5,473
    10
    263
    Oct 10, 2007
    Oklahoma
    I would like to put some hay in my rabbits pens as a bedding, but is it okay if they were to eat some?

    Thanks
     
  2. lagpmgdsls

    lagpmgdsls Chillin' With My Peeps

    330
    2
    131
    Apr 6, 2009
    I sure hope so....thats the staple of my buns diet...that and veggies...and they are all very healthy.
     
  3. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Thats our dietary staple for bunnies too.
     
  4. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    Are you sure your not thinking of Straw?? Your rabbits should be eating lots of hay to stay healthy.. Straw is the yellow stuff, they wont eat it but it works well for bedding.. Hay is green and smells lovely thata the eating stuff...
     
  5. bonnylass79

    bonnylass79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    388
    22
    123
    Nov 5, 2009
    Central Florida
    Absolutely yes. They should be eating hay. They can eat straw, but it doesn't have very much nutritional value. Hay is a great source of fiber. It will regulate bunny and prevent/cure the runs.
     
  6. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Your bunnies should definately be eating hay, but I wouldn't use it as bedding, as it gets soaked w/urine and poo and becomes moldy (and hence unhealthy - mold causes respiratory problems and can lead to pneumonia).
     
  7. chinbunny

    chinbunny In a hutch

    661
    4
    131
    Aug 24, 2009
    Yep. they can have hay. give them the best grass hay you can find. Make sure there is no mold in it. Best place to buy it from is right from the farm. Grassy alfalfa and timothy are the best to use.
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    35,112
    122
    458
    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    yup! That what i use as my bunny bedding too! He loves it...
    i buy a big bale of it..and it lasts me long time..
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by