Peytin and Camden May 21, 2015 boy is off to a pet home in Toronto. :)
This boy from BriarLight and SliverFrost of May 2, 2015 left for a pet home before we went on vacation. I was so very happy as he was a really nice boy and so needing a pet home to be loved in. :)
CloudTail and Rizzo's son off to a new home a couple days ago. Should make a good happy pet for the new owners. :)
So yesterday I did a major clean of the rabbitry.
Took me the entire day to wash cages, move bunnies and such like.
MAN I was tired at the end of the day. :)
Rabbits look good, cages smell great! Everything is all hunky dory again.
Usually I do it over the course of three-four days, but needed to get this job done so I just kept plugging away at it.
Bunnies enjoyed being out on the grass as i worked though. :)
Peyton and Camden's lad went off to a pet home today. Should make for a good pet for a young girl. :)
The other day I sold a rabbit and advised not to do a legume hay such as alfalfa with their bunny but instead to look into getting a grass hay. She asked.. well what is a grass hay? I have to admit, I drew a blank until I said "oh, grasses such as timothy or orchard". I was unhappy with that answer to her and thought I would so do some research on the matter so I could more clear the next time I was broached with that question.
For some help on Identifying Ontario grasses here are some links that you might find helpful.
Ontario beef grass factsheet. Ontario Grasses.
I was amazed at the sheer number of grasses we have up here. Not just timothy or orchard, but indian, bottle-brush, rice cut, sedges, bromes, ryes and more. On the Ontario Grasses site you can look up via the common name or by the scientific name.
I learned when trying to identify what grass you have you need to observe a few things.
1. whether it is clumping or sod forming.
2. where it is located... land, near water etc.
3. seed head.
4. shape of stem and positioning of leaves.
For information on a broader Canadian Scale check out this link.
Why would you want to feed hay?
1. roughage for long stem fibre
2. rabbit's enjoyment
3. gut stabilization when giving medication.
4. part of a "giving extras" program - it becomes another treat for the rabbit.
5. part of a natural feeding method
6. assistance in helping bunnies through entropathic illness
Do you HAVE to feed hay?
If your pellets contain long-stem fibre, you do not. If they don't, you may wish to consider doing so. Many rabbits eat a pellet only diet and thrive. So not feeding hay is quite possible...but you NEED a good pellet.
Things to consider
Rabbits like hay. They do. :) Some rabbits will eat so much hay they won't eat their pellets. Then you need to consider where are they getting their needed trace nutrients that help them maintain optimal health. You may need to add salt and minerals to their diet, or reduce the amount of hay given to encourage a healthier eating style for your rabbits.
What type of grass should you feed?
1. the kind you can find.
2. the kind your rabbit likes to eat.
This site might also prove useful to you.
I have been breeding rabbits for a quite a few years. I thoroughly enjoy them as animals and think they make great pets. I also like to take some of them to rabbit shows to see how they measure up to the standards.