Giving Bunny feed to chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ryan James, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Ryan James

    Ryan James In the Brooder

    May 19, 2017
    Anchorage, Ak
    i have a large amount of rabbit feed but no rabbits anymore can I give that feed to my chickes. Thanks
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Many types of Rabbit feed...How old are the Birds?
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  3. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

    Jun 14, 2017
    Central PA
    How old is the feed? After six months, I wouldn't bother using it for anything but fertiliser or pig feed. (Think graham crackers. Now think stale graham crackers.)

    My sister's rabbit feed did compare pretty favorably with the layer feed when I looked once, but you'd definitely need to supplement calcium. (oyster shells free-choice is the preferred method, I think.)

    Pull up the feed tag on your rabbit feed and compare it with the nutrient tag on your chicken feed, but I think you'd be alright. Protein's about the same, rabbit calcium is definitely low, and rabbit feed fat is a little high, in most feeds. Sodium is really high, comparatively, in rabbit feed.

    You might mix it, rather than feeding it outright. Most rabbit pellets are alfalfa/soy/legume based and will give chicken yolks a nice, deep orange color. Still, chicken feed is the ideal.

    EDT: Definitely do not feed rabbit feed to chicks!
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  4. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    Offer it only as a treat, if they eat it, great, as it will do no harm.
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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    As others have suggested, do not feed to chicks or use as their sole diet.
  6. Ryan James

    Ryan James In the Brooder

    May 19, 2017
    Anchorage, Ak
    Thanks everyone it is only a fe month old, our bunnies hopped away never to return.

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