Balanced Bunny Diet
Updated: Jul 1
A bunny's diet should consist mainly of hay. They should be fed (in the case of Holland Lops) 1/2 cup of plain brown pellets in addition to unlimited hay. Treats and veggies can be fed sparingly, about a tablespoon of treats a day is enough. Veggies can be fed after the bunny is 6 months old, and even then, they should be introduced slowly so the delicate balance of the gut isn't disturbed.
Hay - We use Dumor timothy hay from Tractor Supply. If this is not available to you, we recommend using 1st or 2nd cutting timothy hay from a supplier near you. Orchard grass is also a great alternative! NEVER use alfalfa hay, as bunny pellets are also alfalfa and too much alfalfa can cause death or serious harm to your bunny!
Pellets - We use Country Road pellets from Rural King. Any plain brown pellets will work, but try to steer clear of pellets containing soy and corn. At the bottom of this article is a helpful guide with the preferred balance of nutrients for pelleted food. NO 'party mix' or anything with brightly colored pieces, as these can be harmful and even fatal (EVEN if advertised for bunnies!)
Treats - Our go-to treats are BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds) and oats. Oats can cause diarrhea in bunnies, so feed sparingly. Do not feed any seeds besides BOSS to bunnies!
Bunny-safe veggies (not an extensive list, so do your research on what is safe!) -
Hazardous veggies (not an extensive list, so do your research on what is safe!) -
Proper Percentages of Nutrients for Pelleted Food
"Including all treats and supplements given, a pet rabbit’s feed should contain 14-16% protein, approximately 4% fat, and at least 18% fiber, with more being preferred. Pregnant and nursing females can use a slightly higher protein content, but an 18%+ protein content is too rich for many small rabbits."