Need Help Finding Non GMO Feed

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Jamie_Dog_Trainer, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    Washington State
    For Rabbits [​IMG]

    We have some friends who approached us wanting 'in' on the rabbits for meat. As some of you may remember, we live in a HOA and can't have more than two four legged pets at a time. I have several avenues of fixing the issue all of which allow me to keep breeding and producing meat from the buns. Some friends came over for dinner tonight to discuss the possibilities of how much meat we can get from my two breeding does and one buck. They got a full tour of the hutches LOL only two of them and asked a ton of questions. We'll be moving the largest hutch over to their house next week...along with most of the rabbits. The only one to stay with us will be the doe with the kits at this time.

    Any who, my point is that they are hard-core Organic, Non-GMO foodies and they want the rabbits to eat that way as well. I don't have an issue with doing some research but I did a google search to pretty much no ends.

    Can you help? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, this is going to be tough to find---the non-GMO part, especially if rabbits eat grains that consist of corn. It is very hard to find corn that has not been modified. Anyway, I'll look into some stuff. I do know that Blue Seal Feeds carries Organic chicken feed, not sure on rabbits, but again, the non-GMO part, right now the only thing I can think of is growing their own food for the rabbits, but I don't know what all that would entail. OK, off to research. [​IMG]

    Found http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com It carries Organic rabbit feed. Good luck to you and them!!
     
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  3. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    Washington State
    [​IMG] Thank you so much for the help! [​IMG]

    Ugh seems to be a tough time....I hope some of these feeds exist and aren't $3549413 a bag LOL! The Oxbow feed is ok-- great that it's organic-- however the protein content isn't what we need for meat rabbits. I feed mine 18% and have had really good results so far on my adult bunnies condition and the grow rates on my kits....

    Anyone else? In the mean time I will keep looking... Thanks again
     
  4. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Modesto Milling is all organic and they carry a rabbit pellet. Only 16% protein though.
     
  5. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    Washington State
    Thanks, I found them...but the protein is an issue. I'd rather have a possible GMO feed than to have a slower growth rate. [​IMG]
     
  6. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Modesto Milling Organic Rabbit feed. They are located in Northern California so I don't know if you could get it up there but it's worth a try. They are a really good food company.

    www.modestomilling.com

    The feed is 16% but that's what's recommended for rabbits, even breeders. I have one doe that gives me 10 kits a litter every time and the babies grow fat and healthy and mom stays in great condition. In fact I feed all my animals Modesto and it's the best food I've ever found. EVER. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  7. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Quote:I know how you feel. You may have seen my posts on the problems we have had using soy-free feed on some of our meat birds.
     
  8. SJB1212

    SJB1212 New Egg

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    King Feeds, King City, CA produces Freedom Feeds. They are GMO/Soy/Corn Free and enhanced with nutraceuticals (like pre and probiotics, diatomaceous earth, herbs for digestive/immune support, omega 3, 6's, etc.). Currently, they have poultry, livestock, horse feeds and will be introducing a rabbit formula (18% protein) shortly. Look for it at King Feed dealers towards the end of October.
     
  9. spacecadetsoaps

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    I believe that you can increase the useable protein in feed by fermenting it (and decrease their food consumption as well). I've looked into it for chickens and can only imagine that it'd work for rabbits as well. Basically you put some feed in a plastic pail or big glass jar, cover it with water and keep it covered. Cover the container loosely. In a few days it will basically have adopted the wild yeast (like making a sourdough starter) from the air around it and you can scoop out feed and add new, dry feed as you take out what you will feed the animals. If it ever begins to smell foul (not just like a normal fermentation process), add a little apple cider vinegar to lower the acidity. Hope that helps.
     

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