How Much Poop Does A Rabbit Produce In A Day?

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Last Updated on April 9, 2022 by Rei Garnet

How much poop a rabbit produces in a day depends on its size and breed. For small breed rabbits or rabbits that are 1.1–3.5 pounds, they would produce < 133 grams of manure per day.

For medium breed or 6–10 pound rabbits, they would produce 220-450 grams of manure per day.

While large-breed or 9–12 pound rabbits could produce > 1000 grams of poop pellets per day.

The amount of poop could also be affected by your rabbit’s current health condition as well as their diet. Rabbits that have diarrhea would produce a lot more poop per day.

As for diet, certain pellets could yield more and larger poop pellets, especially pellets that are high in carbs.

Check out our rabbit poop calculator for more detailed information on the amount of poop your rabbit can produce per day.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail how much poop a rabbit produces per day:

Why do rabbits poop so much?

A rabbit looking at the litter box thinking if he wants to poop.
“to litterbox or not” by Keith Survell

Rabbits poop a lot because their digestive systems are designed to be constantly moving in order to extract the nutrients from their food.

This is the reason why a rabbit’s digestive system is so sensitive. This requirement for constant movement could easily be thrown out of balance by the wrong diet, not eating enough, or even stress.

Which in turn can lead to dangerous digestive conditions like GI stasis and diarrhea, which are fatal to rabbits if not treated immediately.

What if your rabbit is not pooping a lot?

If you notice any kind of change in your rabbit’s pooping habits, in both the amount and the texture, immediately bring your rabbit to a veterinarian.

Changes in their poop could be a symptom of digestive distress like diarrhea or GI stasis. Both of which are fatal to rabbits extremely fast, so make sure that you consult a veterinarian.

How to know if the amount of your rabbit’s poop is normal?

A rabbit's normal-sized poop compared to what's not normal-looking poop.
“Blue poops” by Jim Robinson

There’s no way of knowing how much poop your rabbit would normally produce in a day. Only by observing and estimating how much poop your rabbit personally produces in a day can you determine what is normal.

The reason is that rabbits’ poop changes depending on their diet. For example, rabbits that are fed large amount of pellets will produce more and bigger poop pellets.

Summary

The amount of poop a rabbit produces per day would depend on its size, breed, and current diet.

Small rabbits (1.1–3.5 lbs) would produce < 133 grams of manure per day.

A medium-sized rabbit (6–10 lbs.) would produce between 220-450 grams of manure per day.

And finally, large-breeds (9-12 lbs.) would produce > 1000 grams of manure per day.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (May 2, 2022) How Much Poop Does A Rabbit Produce In A Day?. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/how-much-poop-does-a-rabbit-produce-in-a-day/.
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Sources and further reading

  • Buseth, Marit Emilie., and Richard A. Saunders. Rabbit Behaviour, Health, and Care. CABI, 2014.
  • Lebas, F. The Rabbit: Husbandry, Health, and Production. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1997.
  • Patry, Karen, et al. The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about Housing, Feeding, Behavior, Health Care, Breeding, and Kindling. Storey Publishing, 2014.

Image credit – “Rabbit Poop with Friend” by Mr. Greenjeans is licensed with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

By Rei Garnet

I’ve loved and cared for rabbits since I was 9 years old, and I’m here to share my passion for rabbits. My objective is to help rabbit owners give their rabbits the best life possible.