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I am wondering about feeding them pellets still. I have read somewhere that pellets were used as a fattening substance for show/breeding pigs and rabbits [I think that was it] and that they are not really necessary for a healthy pet.<br><br><br><br>
I was considering putting them on a straight-up raw veg diet with hay.<br><br><br><br>
Any thoughts on this? I want to do what's best for them and they like their pellets ... but they <i>love</i> their vegetables. Especially leafy greens and carrots.
 

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General guidelines: Rabbits' diets should be mostly hay - alfalfa when they're growing, timothy once they're grown up. They should have a salad of mixed greens twice a day. (Some greens they can have more than others.) Pellets are fine in small doses. I feed my rabbit about 1/4 cup per day. Too many pellets and they'll get chubby. The House Rabbit Society (<a href="http://www.rabbit.org" target="_blank">http://www.rabbit.org</a>) and RabbitWise (<a href="http://www.rabbitwise.org" target="_blank">http://www.rabbitwise.org</a>) are two sites of many that have more complete information on rabbit diets and general care.<br><br><br><br>
You're right: rabbits grown for meat, in addition to living in horrendous, crowded environments, are fed pellets exclusively so they will become fat.
 

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That's what I thought. Up until recently I was feeding mainly pellets. My bun has a bunch of run-room [his cage is a large dog pen I bought him so he doesn't get cramped] so he never got fat but pellets are so damn plain anyway and then someone said pellets were for fattening, which is crap.<br><br><br><br>
I don't want my bun to be fat. I want him to be healthy. Thank you for that information. We are changing up the diet!
 

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Romaine Lettuce has a good amount of Vitamin C, they also get carrots [not daily, but on occassion]. Parsley also has a lot of Vitamin C [not a daily treat, but about twice a week they get parsley].<br><br><br><br>
I do know about scurvy in GPs as Chester, my youngest, was surrendered to me with scurvy [owner did not know what it was] and so I gave him tablets in his water for 2 weeks and then switched him to veggies.<br><br><br><br>
When I got him he could barely use his back legs. He now has full mobility.<br><br><br><br>
Edit: I still have a bottle and a half left of Vitamin C tablets which I keep for "just in case" purposes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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cool post some pics of your piggies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My first piggy I got, Piccolo:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://files.photojerk.com/LilWurm/Cavies/Piccolo15.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br><br>
My second two were bonded rescues I got from a shelter.<br><br><br><br>
Gus-Gus:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://files.photojerk.com/LilWurm/Cavies/GusGus7.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br><br>
Sharpie:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://files.photojerk.com/LilWurm/Cavies/Sharpie11.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br><br>
And Chester was the scurvy-ridden surrender [my boss told me I had to take him or else he was snake food].<br><br><br><br>
Chester [a.k.a. "Cheesy"]:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://files.photojerk.com/LilWurm/Cavies/Chester9.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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awwwww <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"> very cute fur babies!
 

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Thank ya!<br><br><br><br>
This is my bun-bun, Punk.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.hostmypiconline.com/images/Punk10.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.hostmypiconline.com/images/Punk10.jpg</a>
 

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If at all possible, give the bun some room in which to run around that extends beyond the puppy pen, at least for a couple of hours a day. You'll need to cover wires and anything dangerous or valuable that he might chew. The daily run-around time has these benefits:<br><br><br><br>
- Helps prevents boredom<br><br>
- Lets him indulge his curioisty<br><br>
- Helps him manage his weight<br><br>
- Is good for the digestion<br><br>
- Provides an opportunity for you and him to play<br><br><br><br>
Speaking of play, does bun have any toys?<br><br><br><br>
The piggies are super cute.
 

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The bun does get toys changed around.<br><br><br><br>
It's hard for me to let him out because he has a charging issue. He thinks he owns everything he touches and he desperately hates my mom and so he he will charge and bite her ankles.<br><br><br><br>
The pen is made for large dogs. <a href="http://www.petco.com/Shop/petco_Product_R_573_PC_productlist_Nav_291_N_22+136_sku_723908_familyID_5992.aspx" target="_blank">North States Pet Yard XT</a><br><br><br><br>
I do let him out every once-in-a-while but he doesn't get full run of the house because of his charging/biting issues.
 

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Hmmm. My buns get pellets daily, but about 80% of what they eat is hay. And they get greens and some bread 3-5 times a week, each week. I think they would lose weight if I stopped feeding pellets. My girl was so thin when I got her, she had lived off only chicken food..never had hay nor pellets. And she had been pregnant the entire time that lasted (1 year). When I got her she gained weight and was able to raise the children she gave birth to, and now she is at a healthy weight. She eats extremely much, about triple the amount as my boy who is the same size. He is much thinner than her too.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/penguin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nigel:">
 

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Pellets are normally a part of a healthy diet--but they should be limited to about 1/4 cup a day (depending on the size of your bunny) for an adult rabbit.<br><br><br><br>
The most important thing is to get pellets that contain primarily timothy hay, which is lower in calories and calcium than alfalfa hay. Oxbow is a good brand that I've fed for years, I'm not sure about others.<br><br><br><br>
If you feed primarily alfafa based pellets, you run the risk of an overweight bunny who gets kidney stones.<br><br><br><br>
As for the charging, I'd suggest taking a look at the House Rabbit Society's website (<a href="http://www.rabbits.org" target="_blank">http://www.rabbits.org</a>) or their book--they have good advice on understanding rabbit behavior and modifying undesirable behavior.
 
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