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Last Post by tanlover14 at 10/04/2012 3:41 AM (75 Replies)
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User is Offline Monkeybun
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10/02/2012 11:10 PM
What kind of hay is it? He may prefer another kind

User is Offline Roberta
Wanneroo, Western Australia
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10/03/2012 12:14 AM
Mine have decided they like oaten hay for their evening meal and meadow hay for breakfast, with a side salad on both occassions. Breakfast must contain Parsley, Kale and Nasturtium leaves and flowers, whilst dinner is expected to have large helpings of wild fennel, parsley and bok choy. I have been meaning to ask some other people if their buns like geranium leaves.
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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10/03/2012 1:11 AM
I'm so happy to hear all went well.
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User is Offline Beka27
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10/03/2012 3:47 AM
I'm so glad it went well!!! We were (obviously) thinking of you!
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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10/03/2012 4:05 AM
It's great to hear you're both doing so well!!!!!

(Aside to Roberta, who is your biggest fan, btw: Your bunnies are bored with your meals as described. They now have a standing reservation at the Ritz-Carlton. They will invite you as long as you bring your credit card.)

I digress. Re the hay: first, a bunny will eat its hay last usually, when presented with tasty greens, fruits, etc. So it makes sense that Rufus is eating his hay only at night, which is fine as long as he is eating it. It should be unlimited in his hay bin, so you may never see him finish it all, but that's OK too as long as you add fresh so he goes back for more.
It is also likely that he would prefer the taste of a different kind. Mine likes Mature Oat hay best, then regular Oat, then a blend (that BB sells), then Timothy, and finally Orchard Grass. She goes from dry to soft in her taste preferences. I've noticed that most bunnies are the opposite, though, and love the softer hays like Orchard Grass or Second cut Timothy, and may not care for the dryer type.
So buy very small quantities of different kinds and see which one he gobbles up the most. Again, give it to him when he's hungry and doesn't have a better choice. It's like serving dinner before he gets dessert.
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User is Offline equalsign
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10/03/2012 4:14 AM

The best way I've found to get my rabbits to eat more hay is to buy higher quality hay. Every time I move up in quality, I see a significant increase in consumption.


User is Offline tobyluv
South Carolina
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10/03/2012 6:14 AM
I'm so glad to hear that Rufus did well during the flight and that are both enjoying your new home!

I don't know what brands and types of hay are available to you. A lot of bunnies love the softer second cutting of Timothy hay, as RabbitPam mentioned. American Pet Diner Timothy Gold is a good second cutting Timothy hay. She also mentioned orchard grass, which is a favorite with some rabbits who don't care that much for Timothy. Try different varieties and brands and hopefully you will find one that Rufus really likes. You didn't mention if you are giving him pellets and how much. It's often recommended that the amount of pellets be reduced if a rabbit isn't eating enough hay.

You can try sprinkling some dried herbs or bunny safe flower petals on the hay to entice Rufus. The BB store sells a couple of different blends of hay toppers.

User is Offline tanlover14
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10/03/2012 6:17 AM
So happy to hear back and that everything went well!!! I, too, would suggest changing up the hay you're giving him. My buns LOVE oat hay but we recently reduced their pellets and now they'll gobble up Orchard Grass as well! I think it's just hit or miss with some buns and what they like -- keep trying different kinds or maybe he just wants a mix-up every now and then... We decided to keep ours on Orchard Grass and mix it with some Oat Hay every once in awhile to keep their little mouths happy!

Such picky little brats -- I definitely know how that is!
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User is Offline Stitchntwinks
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10/03/2012 7:53 AM
So happy to hear all went well, we were all so worried as time was going on! I feel like I don't need to refresh binky bunny every 5 minutes now we no your all okay!!

Yayyyyyyy
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User is Offline Skipper's Mama
Florida
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10/03/2012 7:57 AM
So I have been following this thread and worried about you and Rufus' journey. It's so good to hear he is doing well!

User is Offline Mimzy
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10/03/2012 8:36 AM
Also relieved you both are doing well! I think everyone else already made great suggestions for the hay

Bunnies can be so picky sometimes
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User is Offline pendrith
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10/03/2012 12:54 PM
I'm so glad to hear all went fine!

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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10/03/2012 4:49 PM
YEAH!!!! I'm so glad to hear everything went well! I thought it might be the move that kept you off the internet REquest: When you get internet at home we must see some pictures of this worldly bunny

I would try mixing different types of hay to increase his consumption. Another thing you can do is get some bunny potpurri like this http://store.binkybunny.com/bunny-bouquet-hay-topper---reformulated-p118.aspx or this http://store.binkybunny.com/cran-rose-mix-floppers-garden-p154.aspx and you just sprinkle it on the hay. My bunnies go bonkers for these and I sprinkle some on their hay daily
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User is Offline Roberta
Wanneroo, Western Australia
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10/03/2012 5:10 PM

(Aside to Roberta, who is your biggest fan, btw: Your bunnies are bored with your meals as described. They now have a standing reservation at the Ritz-Carlton. They will invite you as long as you bring your credit card.)

 

Hmmmm, you may be right RP, it would explain the mysterious Mastercard charge for a penthouse at the Rendezvous Observation City in Scarborough and the huge charge for room service gourmet vegetarian meals !

Little blighters !!




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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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10/04/2012 1:56 AM
Yes, I also want pictures of this travelin bun!
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User is Offline tanlover14
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10/04/2012 3:41 AM
I, too, want pictures of this brave little Rufus!!!
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