I need to know what you feed your adult rabbits

chickenmama109

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Hi!! I got my bunnie two years ago and I’ve kept her on the same diet she has been on her whole life! These pellets with unlimited Timothy hay!
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But lately she has been having wet poops! They look they the ones she is supposed to eat but she has a couple a day and it isgetting to the point it is not normal! I thought it might be there is too much fiber in this food so I was wondering? How do I switch her foods and which foodwould be best for an adult rabbit!? What do you feed yours?
 
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boskelli1571

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Mar 7, 2011
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Hi there,
I feed mine he same stuff but also give them a big handful of either alfalfatimothy hay or orchard grass daily.
I also try to give them some fresh veggies daily. With winter being here they get 1/3 large carrot every day but during the warmer season kale, cabbage etc.
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this gives you the food pyramid for bunnies :)
 
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Skye'sDucks

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I used to have my rabbits on that feed, but I switched to small pet select along with their timothy hay, since they're just 2 pet rabbits. They get treats sparingly.

Also, my one rabbit started to have the same problem. It was a few years ago, but he was already getting up in age at that point, so I don't know if it was age or if it was a fiber problem as you mentioned. (I researched the topic a lot but I don't quite remember everything now) I'd have to do my research again to refresh my memory. He's around 10-11 yo now, probably was 7-9 when the issue first occurred.

I cut back on his pellets to half a cup a day for both rabbits, no more than that. I often will not give fresh pellets if I see they still have around half of the last day's pellets in the bowl. I don't really give my rabbits fresh veggies daily, but instead give them sparingly as a treat. I keep them on unlimited timothy hay as well. Cutting the pellets back seemed to have worked for me, but I don't know if that would work for you.
 

Skye'sDucks

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May 13, 2018
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I'm sorry for making another reply, but I wanted to correct myself above and add one last thing...

I misspoke about the fiber. It is actually carbohydrates that can cause the issue, and that the rabbit should have a high fiber diet. Now I'm only going from one source right now, but I remember it now and I know that several other sources basically said the same thing from my prior research.

Give this thread a read:


The things you see, if you haven't heard of it, are cecotropes. It's different than poop and very important for rabbits to consume. I typed in a google search 'why is my bunny producing so many cecotropes' and tons of threads pop up.

Hope I helped. :)
 

BloomBunny

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A tablespoon or so of canned pumpkin, or a bit of bitter greens daily for a week to ten days will often settle their digestion. If they have been on antibiotics, had surgery, or vaccines, a probiotic will help to rebalance the gut flora.
If they seem bored by their hay (not eating enough) switch around. Make sure its fresh.
 

Rietta

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Also know too much food can cause that, I cut back in the warm months on pellets and increase in winter. I have Americans (around 10lbs) and they get no more than half a cup a day with unlimited timothy. If you try anything new Go VERY slow, they have sensitive tummies.
 
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