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Wednesday, 19 November 2008
What IS the right amount of feed????
I recently decided that my rabbitry was turning into more of a "Fat Farm" I was way over feeding so I decided I had to cut back on the amount of feed...well this worked great for most of the bunnies but poor Rocket (pictured to the left in his prime) did not adjust so well...I decided to sell him(not realizing what I had done) so I posted an Ad with this picture which was taken just a week and a half earlier. When a fellow show person came to look at him I could have died...I pulled him out and he had lost 3 ounces and looked terrible..I have put him back on the original amount of feed and I am hoping that he can be restored to his original beautiful condition..I feel so bad...I have learned however that each rabbit has it's own "prime zone" and from now on I will be feeding each rabbit according to it's individual needs. Everyone has their own way of feeding and I am still trying to find the right way for me.
I was feeding 1/4 cup of a grain mix each morning which consists of:

4 cups oats
4 cups barley
1 cup calf manna
1 cup black oil sunflower seeds

Then in the evening I was giving 1/2 cup (rounded) Manna Pro "SHO" pellets.
I also give Timothy hay almost everyday
It is easy to see why they were getting so fat...so I cut everyone back to just a spoonful of the grain mix and a scant 1/2 cup of pellets..I still give the Timothy hay the same. It seems to be working well for everyone...except Rocket...but hopefully he will get back to his beautiful self very soon now that he is back on the original amounts.

Posted by sunnydazerabbitry at 12:07 PM MST

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