Rabbit feed pellets are rich and balanced in nutrients, so they have a place in feeding rabbits especially commercial rabbit. However do you know how to select good rabbit pellets and how to feed rabbit pellets? Here are a few tips. Hope they are helpful.
Tips on Feeding Rabbit Feed Pellets
Once you have determined which kind of pellets you purchase, please make sure that always use the same brand and type of pellets. Some rabbits do not do well to the sudden change in feed and could cause digestive problems. If you have to change you must mix the old feed with the new feed to get the rabbits digestive tract used to the new feed. Make sure you have enough of the old feed to slowly change over to the new feed. Do this gradually over a period of at least one week. If possible, you can just buy an Electric Flat Die Feed Pellet Mill which is of simple structure, small area coverage, cost-effective and low consumption to produce your own rabbit feed pellets to avoid the change.
Store pellets in a closed container in a cool, dry place. This way the pellets will be protected from dirt, sun light, dark. Try to keep the lid closed and this will lower the chance of bacteria.
Do not mix grains and seeds with rabbit feed pellets, as the rabbit will select its favorite items and leave the rest, meaning that it will not be getting a balanced diet. Do not over feed your rabbit. Obesity in rabbits can cause a shorter life-span. Maximum of 1/8 of a cup per 1.8 kg of body weight of a high fiber pellet per day is OK. For young growing rabbits, pellets can be given free choice until 6 to 8 months of age, then decrease to the maintenance amount as above.
Tips on Selecting Good Rabbit Pellets
You’d better buy rabbit feed pellets at the feed stores rather than if pet stores. Because the feed pellets at the feed store are usually better quality pellets and they contain none of the candy pieces in the mix.
Choose the pellets that do not contain any corn ingredient. A few pellet brands have corn as an ingredient and the corn component is little. The corn itself poses no problem to rabbits, but there is a type of mold that is not uncommonly found in corn which is toxic to rabbits.
Select the pellets which are uniform in size and consistency. And the color of rabbit feed pellets should be green and smell fresh. Because there is the case that the manufacturer mistakenly filled bags of rabbit pellets with an unknown livestock feed. Of course there is no major feed company that is going to make any bad feed pellets intentionally.
Notice the protein/fiber percentages contained in feed pellets. Generally speaking a 16% protein pellet will do just fine to breed rabbit. Rabbit food must contain 16% protein at least to build the tissue in growing kits. But for nursing does an 18% protein pellets are needed to help with milk production and the pregnant doe also needs extra protein to produce her quick growing litter.
Always look for feed pellets which contain the highest amount of fiber.
Check the mill date on the bag. Rabbits like fresh clean pellets! Avoid feed with dates older than a 2-month.