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Rabbits main diet should be grasses or hay. They love Timothy or Coastal Bermuda hay. You can find good quality and inexpensive hay at Tractor Supply Company or other Animal Feed stores.
Their diet should also include pellets. We feed our rabbits Manna Pro or Manna Pro Gro for kits and dams which has probiotics and ingredients to aid in digestion as well as a higher fiber & protein level. Any change in diet should be gradually changed over a period of 2 weeks or longer as rabbits have a sensitive digestion system . We supply a quart sized bag of pellets and a gallon sized bag of the hay they've been eating for you to add to your new food to avoid a drastic change in diet.
All our kits or baby bunnies use water bottles. Be sure to have a fresh supply of water on hand at all times. It's critical to watch their daily food and water intake to catch any health issues early.
For the first few months, hay and pellets are all they need to eat. We begin introducing one vegetable at a time to our rabbits to make sure not to overwhelm their system. One slice of a carrot is enough for a days treat because these are very small animals. Alfalfa hay is only a treat and is too rich for daily food. Here are a few green vegetables they can enjoy: cilantro, mustard greens, chard, tops of beets, zucchini, or parsley. Rabbits love dandelions but be sure they do not have weed killer on them.
AVOID celery, avocado, asparagus, tomatoes, corn, beans, onions, potatoes, radishes, anything with pesticides on it, and the list goes on!! Vegetables must be washed, fresh, crispy, and in good condition. Be sure to check a rabbits list of acceptable foods before introducing a new one. Limit fruits as the high sugar content can cause bowel problems.
Your bunny can live inside your home and run around your house very well. Once litter box trained, they will adapt easily to a home environment. Rabbits can play with cats and dogs but you must monitor them carefully to protect all animals. Cats and dogs are predators so protect your bunny until they are able to resist the temptation to chase and catch your bunny.
If your bunny will live outside, be sure to protect him from the hot Texas summer sun. They need full shade and a way to stay cool. Rabbits can quickly suffer a heat stroke in the sun. To reduce the outdoor temperature freeze water bottles for the rabbits to sleep beside and to reduce the ambient temperature. Rotate water bottles daily. You can relieve the heat with a fan.
Be sure to protect your bunny from the rain so they do not get wet. If they get wet, be sure to dry them and provide dry bedding and shelter from the wind and rain. Dry bedding can include pine shavings or hay. Do not use cedar shavings as this can pose a hazard to rabbits. Remember: pine is fine, cedar gives fever. A nice deep box filled with hay and pine flakes will give your bunny a wonderful place to snuggle in and stay warm.