What's the best house bunny food?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by ~*Sweet Cheeks*~, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Hello all -

    A co-worker and I each purchased Holland lops from a breeder who recommended feeding Ringmaster Show bunny food.

    We have had our bunnies 1 1/2 yrs. We go in halves on a 50 lb bag that we have to special order from the feed store.

    We are running low and feed store just placed order, so it'll be another 2 wks before we can get more.

    My question is: what do you all feed your house pet bunny that is not for breeding or show?

    FYI - my feed store said they carry Pfaus that she said is a premium food similar in price and protein ($20.00 per 50 lbs - 17%).

    Another question is: the feed lasts us 6 months or so. She takes the bag and I empty half in a rubbermade garbage can. Is it safe to buy in bulk that takes 6 months or so to use up?

    Thanks for your help.
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    You could always look at Oxbow feed.
     
  3. MrsDuck

    MrsDuck Out Of The Brooder

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    We used to order from here:

    http://www.bunnybytes.com/cgi-bin/start.cgi

    Not affiliated with them, but she lived close to where I worked and was willing to deliver to the office for free. She sells Purina High Fiber Lab Diet. I'm pretty sure the six months is fine for storage.

    P.S. Only "used to" because I quit work to be a mom, and the whole delivery thing got too complicated. We didn't want to pay for shipping.
     
  4. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed mine purina pro rabbit feed.
     
  5. MustLoveHens

    MustLoveHens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2010
    Albion, Wisconsin
    I feed my rabbits Heinold pellets and free choice timothy hay. They have different types of pellets for different needs, like a fur formula for the fur rabbits. Mine are still young so they are on the Famliy Formula. I like the fiber at 17%. I would rather see the fiber at 18% but 17 is good. With rabbits you want a diet higher in fiber then protein. 18% fiber is ideal in a pellet. Also, it depends on age and breed as to what and how much you feed. The heinold also comes in 25 or 50# bags and I get 25# for about $5.99. I keep mine in a metal trash can. I would say that as long as you are keeping them out of the sun and they stay in a relativly cool/dry location, that you fine with the set up for storage.
    Ideally you would get a smaller quanity, in my opinion, I find that the companies who market to pet via pet stores and big boxes have a tendency to make terrible pellets. Like Hartz and Kaytee and Sun Seed. However, that being said, The Oxbow Hay Company and ZuPreem make a great pellet, but they can be pricey. Oxbow also makes a TImothy/Alfalfa mixed pellet as well and they have some of the best timothy hay available.
    Hope this helps!

    http://www.heinoldfeeds.com/

    http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/

    http://www.zupreem.com/our-food/small-animals
     
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    A good feed store pellet is actually better than most pet store pellets with the exception of oxbow. Oxbow used to be fairly cost effective when you could order large amounts directly from them. If you got 200lbs at once and froze it to keep it fresh longer you got a huge discount in shipping so that it was cheaper than the pet stores can even get it in. I was only paying $.50/lb for guinea pig pellets. Now they don't take orders directly. Purina and nutrena are the most common feed store brands. We are currently using nutrena and haven't had any issues. If your feed store is selling a local brand do not buy until you post the ingredients list to a forum and get opinions. Some are complete crap. I was feeding horse pellets until I found nutrena at another feed store because the nearby one only sold a local brand that was grain byproducts and forage byproducts. Byproduct generally means junk. It's the leftover stuff that wasn't useful for anything else. Although I'm not even sure what forage byproducts would be. With any animal food named ingredients are the best and the more detailed the better.
     
  7. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Quote:Thank you for the links. After reading through, I see that the Heinold Family Formula and Zupreem foods both have corn in them - listed 3rd or 4th Ingredient.

    I don't want to feed my bunny any corn since I've read it's bad and could even be deadly.
     
  8. IcarusSomnio

    IcarusSomnio Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Purina Show Rabbit Chow has no corn in it.

    I feed my guys horse feed- Purina Strategy, simply because I've been having a hard, hard, time keeping weight on my younger buns with the show (this in addition to plenty of hay and fresh forage).

    My rabbits like it, and it has no corn. I'll hope to produce my own pellets within the next few months and get away from commercial brands entirely.
     

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