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01-17-2009 07:47 PM
danakscully64
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Originally Posted by veg*nTray View Post

My Bun will eat pretty much anything I put in his cage, lol. The only hay I've ever seen in stores is KayTee, so that's all I've ever bought, and he likes it well enough. I'm going to look into buying it off of that Hayloft site that was posted, though. We just don't have a lot of money right now, so hopefully it's not horribly expensive. He eats it, but mostly enjoys throwing it around his cage and making nests out of it. I'll mix in a little bit of alfalfa so that he's more inclined to eat it. We also buy the KayTee timothy hay pellets, he likes those a lot. He's eaten every veggie I've ever given him, although some days he turns his nose up at them-- except for celery leaf, he LOVES that.



About what amount of veggies should a small rabbit get daily? Bun's a dwarf rabbit, only about 3 lbs. Everything I've read seems to be contradictive in terms of amounts, but always says to give a variety.



By the way Dana, Mason is adorable!



Your bun is ADORABLE! I want to STEAL him



It's true, Kaytee is the easiest to find and some places offer it exclusively. It's not bad stuff, I haven't had quality issues with it, but I guess it's not "top shelf" so to speak My chins only like Orchard Grass, so that's pretty much all I have on hand. I do have some Timothy Hay and Bermuda Grass, but no one cares for it. I want to try Oat.



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Originally Posted by animallover7249 View Post

Awesome!!! What brand of hay did you use?

He'll be a hay addict in no time!!!



Oxbow. This one: http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/pro...03?object=1526
01-17-2009 01:54 PM
danakscully64 I'll be back soon, going to run to the store, I'll reply when I get back
01-17-2009 11:18 AM
GhostUser
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Originally Posted by danakscully64 View Post

Update: So I put a ton of hay in one of his beds (2nd story) randomly and he took a few bites! He still won't eat a lot of it, but it's a good start



Awesome!!! What brand of hay did you use?

He'll be a hay addict in no time!!!
01-17-2009 11:08 AM
veg*nTray My Bun will eat pretty much anything I put in his cage, lol. The only hay I've ever seen in stores is KayTee, so that's all I've ever bought, and he likes it well enough. I'm going to look into buying it off of that Hayloft site that was posted, though. We just don't have a lot of money right now, so hopefully it's not horribly expensive. He eats it, but mostly enjoys throwing it around his cage and making nests out of it. I'll mix in a little bit of alfalfa so that he's more inclined to eat it. We also buy the KayTee timothy hay pellets, he likes those a lot. He's eaten every veggie I've ever given him, although some days he turns his nose up at them-- except for celery leaf, he LOVES that.



About what amount of veggies should a small rabbit get daily? Bun's a dwarf rabbit, only about 3 lbs. Everything I've read seems to be contradictive in terms of amounts, but always says to give a variety.



By the way Dana, Mason is adorable!
01-17-2009 10:18 AM
danakscully64
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Originally Posted by FreestylePup View Post

All the rabbits run around outside for certain times of the day. But he really lives outside and inside, mostly outside though I will get some pics later right now he is in the back under the junk pile sleeping, lol,



Awww... My baby is an indoor rabbit who used to be outdoor. He's a lot happier inside, I can tell. We get really bad summers, that's why I moved him in in the first place.
01-17-2009 10:16 AM
FreestylePup All the rabbits run around outside for certain times of the day. But he really lives outside and inside, mostly outside though I will get some pics later right now he is in the back under the junk pile sleeping, lol,
01-17-2009 10:10 AM
danakscully64 Silly bunny. Do you keep him outside? Any pictures?
01-17-2009 10:07 AM
FreestylePup
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Originally Posted by danakscully64 View Post

If he doesn't like carrots, maybe he's not a rabbit



Sounds good You cut up the celery, right? I've heard that you should never give big pieces of celery to rabbits because the strings could get stuck in their intestines.



Yeah I cut it up into small pieces The other thing my bunnies love to eat My Flowers lol, of course after checking into if they are poison first.
01-17-2009 10:05 AM
danakscully64
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Originally Posted by FreestylePup View Post

Veggie are Very Good for rabbits, Don't feed them corn is a big thing. Anyway, I give mine all sorts of veggie's. Most of them really like carrots, but boy is one picky. He does not eat carrots!!! I give them celery, I give them Grapes too, I give them fruit as well, such as apples, once in a while a little bit of banana, and Peaches. But I feed mine mostly veggies I would say about 65-75% of there diet consists of veggies, the rest is pellet.



If he doesn't like carrots, maybe he's not a rabbit



Sounds good You cut up the celery, right? I've heard that you should never give big pieces of celery to rabbits because the strings could get stuck in their intestines.
01-17-2009 09:56 AM
FreestylePup Veggie are Very Good for rabbits, Don't feed them corn is a big thing. Anyway, I give mine all sorts of veggie's. Most of them really like carrots, but boy is one picky. He does not eat carrots!!! I give them celery, I give them Grapes too, I give them fruit as well, such as apples, once in a while a little bit of banana, and Peaches. But I feed mine mostly veggies I would say about 65-75% of there diet consists of veggies, the rest is pellet.
01-16-2009 09:56 PM
danakscully64 Update: So I put a ton of hay in one of his beds (2nd story) randomly and he took a few bites! He still won't eat a lot of it, but it's a good start
11-25-2008 07:04 PM
danakscully64 When I first built him his cage (the one he's in now), I kept a container of hay in there for weeks. He wouldn't even get near it. I kept the hay in when I left for work today. I doubt he's touched it yet. I think he's just a rabbit who doesn't like hay. Odd ball
11-25-2008 07:02 PM
Minibean Do you always leave some hay in his cage? He might try it eventually.
11-25-2008 06:50 PM
danakscully64 Hay - that's a negative. He won't even touch the stuff.
11-25-2008 06:50 PM
danakscully64 Oops, I'll make sure I cut up the celery.



Thanks for the info! I may try green pepper next time. I'm going to [try] to make it to Henry's tomorrow. It's the day before Thanksgiving, I have a feeling it's going to be nuts!
11-25-2008 04:43 PM
Fromper You should cut the celery into pieces before giving it to the bun. The strings can get stuck in their stomachs.



I'm surprised you mentioned that he doesn't like kale. That's usually a favorite for most bunnies. Flash's favorites are carrots, kale, parsley, and cilantro. He'll eat almost anything, though he always goes for those first when I give him his nightly salad. Celery's the only thing that's ever still been there in the morning when I left it in his bowl overnight. He'll also eat broccoli, romaine, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, and green pepper.



Generally, I give him 3-4 types of veggies every day for dinner, almost always including parsley and cilantro. Then he gets a baby carrot or two to lure him back into his cage when it's time for bed.



As for introducing him to new veggies, Flash can sometimes be reluctant to try new stuff the first time, but he'll eat it if I leave it long enough, then dive into it enthusiastically when he gets more the next day. You might want to try Mason again with some of the stuff he rejected the first time, and leave it in a bowl for him for a few hours, just to see if he'll change his mind.



--Fromper

11-25-2008 08:43 AM
danakscully64 I bought some Oxbow, but haven't been upstairs yet to see if Mason has tried it. I'll report back My chinchillas sure liked it. I'm glad because a small bag was $5.
11-25-2008 07:07 AM
Tom
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Originally Posted by thalestral View Post

Has the hay you've tried been good quality? Oxbow and Kleenmama's are the only brands I rate at all and I know my girls see other brands as only fit to pee on!

My local pet stores sell KayTee hay. So far, Ive had only my own home-made hay to compare it to, quality-wise, but KayTee Timothy hay has quite a bit of brown hay mixed in with the green. It does have a nice fresh hay smell, but possibly the brown hay was harvested when it had been past the ideal harvesting date, or else not dried as carefully as I dry mine.



I remember either a veterinarian or someone in the House Rabbit Society warning about mold on grass you give to your rabbits, but I dont think Ive had this problem.
11-24-2008 05:41 PM
danakscully64
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Originally Posted by Minibean View Post

Definitely give Kleenmama's hay a try. (http://www.kmshayloft.com/index.html) Kaytee barely even qualifies as hay. I don't blame him for not eating it!



I used Oxbow for my guinea pigs, because that's the best I could get (km doesn't ship to Canada). The Oxbow was hit and miss quality wise, so I'd go with km especially for a picky bun who's not into hay yet.



Mason is cute - I love the one ear up, one ear down buns!



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Originally Posted by animallover7249 View Post

Try ordering hay online.



Thanks I found a place locally that carries Oxbow, but can't find Kleenmama's. Do they even sell it at stores? I'll go check my local feed store... maybe right now
11-24-2008 03:56 PM
GhostUser
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Originally Posted by danakscully64 View Post

I only buy Kaytee because that's all that's offered in the pet store I go to. I may check out those other brands though Mason won't even get near the hay, I doubt he'd try even premium hay



Thanks.



Try ordering hay online.
11-24-2008 03:49 PM
Minibean Definitely give Kleenmama's hay a try. (http://www.kmshayloft.com/index.html) Kaytee barely even qualifies as hay. I don't blame him for not eating it!



I used Oxbow for my guinea pigs, because that's the best I could get (km doesn't ship to Canada). The Oxbow was hit and miss quality wise, so I'd go with km especially for a picky bun who's not into hay yet.



Mason is cute - I love the one ear up, one ear down buns!
11-24-2008 11:12 AM
danakscully64 I want to volunteer here: http://bunnybunch.org/



11-24-2008 11:11 AM
danakscully64 I only buy Kaytee because that's all that's offered in the pet store I go to. I may check out those other brands though Mason won't even get near the hay, I doubt he'd try even premium hay



Thanks.
11-24-2008 10:51 AM
thalestral Has the hay you've tried been good quality? Oxbow and Kleenmama's are the only brands I rate at all and I know my girls see other brands as only fit to pee on!



Veggie wise, some rabbits need to learn to love vegetables just like piggies do. The best way is for them to learn from their same species companions. Keep persevering, it took months for my first two guinea pigs to learn to love bell peppers for example.
11-24-2008 10:48 AM
danakscully64 Celery went over well too



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The key is to put the veggie in front of him. If it's in his bowl, he might not be as interested. Sleep is a top priority.
11-24-2008 10:41 AM
danakscully64 Waiting for YouTube to process another video
11-24-2008 10:38 AM
danakscully64 We have a HUGE problem with black widows, ants, and tiny little unknown bugs, we have to spray. I make sure that when the guy comes, I move my potted herbs to the middle of the cement so they don't get contaminated. My herbs are organic.



I need to start using veggie wash for Mason's veggies



Mason is funny... one ear goes down, the other goes up (most of the time). My sister-in-law found him in her yard about 5 years ago and I've had him ever since. He may have been an escaped pet since he was so mellow. He wasn't safe running free in that area.
11-24-2008 10:29 AM
Tom Gak- thanks for mentioning lawn maintenance substances! I forgot to mention that I don't use them (I have a small yard) so foods from my property are "safe". As far as I know, my neighbors don't use yard maintenance chemicals either. I don't know that they are that bad, but a rabbit is so small that a little pesticide which wouldn't harm us might be a jolt to a rabbit.



Not that I haven't been tempted to use weed-killer on a crawling type of inedible mint in my yard... Creeping Charly, Gill-over-the-ground, or something like that.



Mason is cute! None of my rabbits have had lop ears, though.
11-24-2008 10:19 AM
danakscully64 I took a video!



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11-24-2008 10:18 AM
danakscully64 I wouldn't feed my rabbit anything out of my yard (besides what I have in a pot) because we have a pest control company come and spray for bugs/spiders.



Mason hasn't touched the celery, but he ate most of the broccoli and almost all of the spinach.
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