Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Rei
How much food you should feed your rabbit per day depends on their age. Rabbits that are 7 weeks to 7 months old should have an unlimited amount of hay and pellets. While rabbits that are 12 weeks old can now start introducing veggies into their diet slowly.
At 7 months to 1 year, you should now be introducing grass hay into their diet while reducing alfalfa hay. The amount of pellets should also be decreased to ½ cup per 6 lbs. (2.7 kg) BW. Also, vegetables should be fed daily gradually and fruits and treats can now be given sparingly.
Here’s a summary of how much food should you feed your rabbit per day as it gets older:w
|7 weeks to|
|12 weeks||Unlimited alfalfa||Unlimited||Introduce vegetables (one at a time) in small quantities < 1/2 oz (15 g)||—|
to 1 year
|Decrease amount fed|
to ½ cup per 6 lbs
(2.7 kg) BW
fed daily gradually
|No more than 1-2|
oz (30-60g) per 6
lbs (2.7 kg) BW
hay, oat hay, straw
|¼ to ½ cup per 6 lbs|
(2.7 kg) BW
|1-2 cups per 6 lbs (2.7|
|No more than 2|
tbsp per 6 lbs (2.7
|Increase alfalfa hay|
fed to frail, older
rabbits but monitor
|Continue adult diet if|
weight is okay; frail,
older rabbits may fed
How much hay should you feed your rabbit per day?
Your rabbit should have unlimited access to hay. Hay is the most important part of your rabbit’s diet. Any other food can be eaten in small amounts except hay.
How much pellets should you feed your rabbit per day?
Pellets should be a supplementary food for rabbits. You should never prioritize pellets over hay.
Here’s a guide to help you determine how much pellets you should feed your rabbit per day if your rabbit is already 7 months to 1 year old.
|•2-3 ounces of|
|3 ½ – 4 ounces|
of pellets per
|4 – 8 ounces of|
You should also check the composition of your rabbit’s pellet before buying it.
Here are the recommended nutritional facts according to the American Rabbit Breeders Association on the best composition of pellets you should buy for your rabbits.
|•3% or less||•Less than|
How much veggies should you feed your rabbit per day?
At 12 weeks old, you can now start giving your rabbits veggies at 15 grams per day. Just make sure that you only introduce one vegetable at a time so that you can easily trace what veggies to remove if your rabbit suddenly suffers from digestive issues.
From 7 months to 1 year, you can now gradually increase the amount of veggies you give to your rabbits until you meet the required amount based on your rabbit’s weight.
Here’s a table to help you decide how much vegetables you should limit giving to your rabbits:
|Rabbit’s weight based on breed||Allowed vegetables per day|
|Small breed (1.1–3.5 pounds)||<128 grams|
|Medium breed (6 to 10 pounds)||384-640 grams|
|Large breed ( 9 and 12 pounds)||384-760 grams|
How much treats should you give your rabbit per day?
Treats should only consist of safe fruits and should only be given in small amounts sparingly.
Here’s a table to help you decide how much fruits you should limit giving to your rabbits:
|Rabbit’s weight based on breed||Allowed fruits per day(Rabbits 1-5y)|
|Small breed (1.1–3.5 pounds)||0 grams|
|Medium breed (6 to 10 pounds)||30-60 grams (30g)|
|Large breed ( 9 and 12 pounds)||60-120 grams (30g)|
The most important food for your rabbit is hay. You should give your rabbits unlimited amounts of hay. While pellets should only be secondary and should be fed ½ cup per 6 lbs. (2.7 kg) BW per day.
Veggies should be introduced one at a time to avoid digestive distress and to make it easier what veggies are making your rabbit sick.
Veggies should only be fed 1-2 cups per 6 lbs. (2.7kg) BW per day on adult rabbits or rabbits that are 1-5 years old.
As for treats, they should only be given in small amounts sparingly.
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