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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > So what is your bunny's favorite treat?
Last Post by ConnBunnies at 2/20/2008 5:11 AM (42 Replies)
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User is Offline BB
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5/29/2006 3:50 PM
Jack and Rucy love raisins and bananas.  I have to be really careful not to give them too much as they are great beggers!

Bailey has a very sensitive digestive system, so she can only handle rosemary and mint.  Anything sugary upsets her stomach.

User is Offline Bugsy
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5/29/2006 4:03 PM
Bugsy LOVES bananas too. He goes nuts when he even thinks he smells banana. He dances around my legs and I have to be careful not to step on him. He used to love those yogurt drops before I learned they were bad for rabbits.

User is Offline Jewels
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5/29/2006 4:06 PM
Uh, oh, yogurt treats are bad? What have your heard about them?

Jewels and Dibs love 'em. They smell so good, I've even been tempted to give them a try. LOL.

User is Offline HoppyBunny
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5/29/2006 4:48 PM

Bunny cookies! Hands down outright favorite thing in the whole wide world! I've got a recipe that I altered from the HRS web site. If anyone is interested, I can post it.

 


User is Offline BB
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5/29/2006 7:35 PM
Yes! (BINKY BINKY BINKY) Absolutely share. Make sure to include. How often a bunny can have them and how long can you store them for.  

Thanks HopperBunny!

User is Offline Bugsy
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5/30/2006 6:40 AM
Here's some information about it.  Just basically says, that it can cause a serious, possibly fatal reaction. I am thinking it's just regarding long term because my bunnies didn't have any reactions, and I had been feeding it to them for months before I found out.  

Here's the article. http://www.rabbit.org/chapters/san-...bsp; 

Then scroll down to to the bottom of the fruit list.  It talks about it there.



User is Offline Kyla Curtis
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6/04/2006 12:23 PM

My 2 girls absoloutely LOVE crasins!
They know whats coming when they hear me shake the bag, so they run to the cage door.


User is Offline Bugsy
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6/04/2006 12:42 PM
I've seen ads for those.  Aren't those like a raisin cranberry mix or something.  I've got to try those because my bunnies really like raisins.   Thanks!!    They are just at a regular grocery store?  If so, next time, I'm going to get some and see how they like 'em.

User is Offline BB
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6/04/2006 12:54 PM
Welcome Kyla_xx!  Now you're entered into the drawing for the "Bunny Goody Basket" twice.  Good Luck!

Two of my bunnies really like craisins. But it's so funny because my bunny Jack is very picky.  While my other two gobble up apple slices, he sniffs at it, licks it, sniffs it, backs away, then watches the others continue to gobble it up and then he decides to take a bite.  

The same thing happens with the craisins.  He seems to eat it only because his bunny girl friends are enjoying them.    But if they are not around, he doesn't eat apples or craisins.  

So, Kyla_xx, your bunnies sound adorable! What do they look like? What are their personalites  like?  You can either share here or up in the original welcome. 

Have a craisin day!

BinkyBunny

User is Offline sean sullivan
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6/05/2006 9:25 AM
i tried the yogurt drops, she didnt even touch them. i tried bananas, nope their either. i am still yet to try greens on her. i bought her a feed thats kind of a trail mix kind, she absoloutly loves it, especially the seeds that are in it. i want to slow her down on pellet and feed though and give her more greens. yeah, back to the treats, i bought these apple flavored tree sticks from the local pet store and she absoloutly loves them. soon as i put them in the cage she shreds all the bark off and knaws on the rest.

User is Offline BB
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6/05/2006 6:05 PM

Hey Lopdaddy,  just wanted to give you a heads up on feed with seeds and stuff.   Long-term it can cause an imbalance in the bacteria in their digestive system.  The imbalance can cause a serious case of gi stasis.(which can be fatal if not caught in time)     So you may want to look for a high fiber pellet only type of feed.  A good one is Oxbow Bunny Basics for Babies (up to7 months)    It's high in fiber, low in fat which keeps there digestive system healthy.  Though they get a lot of fiber from hay, they still need it in their pellet too. (After 7 months, you'll want to gradually switch to Bunny Basics for adults.)

If you do decide to change to a healthier pellet, I'm sure your Princess Button won't like it.  It will be like going from ice-cream and candy to broccoli and spinach. You just have to slowly mix it in over a month gradually increasing the healthy pellet portion until it's only the healthier pellet by the end of the month.   You don’t' want to switch too fast because it can cause serious diarrhea.

With my first rabbit, I also didn't have the healthiest feed, it was way back when before I knew about their sensitive digestive systems...anyway, when I went from my old alfalfa, nut, and stuff pellet to Oxbow, he would snuff his nose at it, and leave it in the dish, but he got hungry and in a few days, he was eating it no problem.   

Dark leafy greens are really a great for bunnies too.    Parsley is high in fiber and good for their digestive system.  A great mixture includes:  dandelion, parsley, cilantro, chicory, bok choy, romaine lettuce.  Since she's under a year, you just want to gradually add.  When she's a year old the House Rabbit Society recommends 2 tightly packed cups (per 6 pounds) per day.

You probably already know all this stuff, so just ignore my suggestions and forgive me for imposing my "know it all"  advice  : )     Over the last five years I've just heard so many sad stories of bunnies getting fatally sick, and their owner didn't know why because they were given the wrong advice from a pet store or breeder. They are infamous for that.  And then the poor owner is left heartbroken one day.   So now I always just post the recommended diet provided by the House Rabbit Society.

EGADS!  Sorry for the book!


User is Offline sean sullivan
Throop, PA
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6/05/2006 6:29 PM
well i stopped at the pet store today because i was running out of the mardi-gra stuff. ive been doing a trial and error with her. i did find today at petsmart a huge bag of timothy based pellets. i picked those up and mixed them in with the last cup or so of the mardi-gra feed. im am well aware of the diet and how sensitive their digestive tract is. i picked up rabbits for dummys. a good book for any new or experienced rabbit owner. also, if you have a mini lop, check out www.minilop.org great site with forums and every single bit of info on lops.

User is Offline BB
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6/05/2006 7:54 PM
Oh great!  And thanks for the link! 

User is Offline Gravehearted
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6/06/2006 3:55 PM

My kids looove the oxbow papaya enzyme tablets, and since it's heavy shed season, they've been getting at least one daily. 

I also like to give them unsweetened dried fruit and was happy to discover the new trader joe's dried strawberries, which are really reasonable   Every once in a while they'll get a sliver of fresh apple or banana.

~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline Lpuff
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7/08/2006 5:18 AM
My bunny loves mint. I have great dinner for your bunny on its birthday I will see if I can post it if anyone wants it.

User is Offline BB
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7/08/2006 9:36 AM
Welcome LPuff!  Now you're entered into the monthly drawing for posting in the forum.  Good Luck.

My bunnies love mint too.  They also love rosemary.  

I'd love to hear about a great idea for a  bunny birthday dinner. 

How many bunnies do you have?  What do they look like?

User is Offline Christine Sholl
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7/10/2006 5:07 AM
Posted By gravehearted on 06/06/2006 6:55 PM

My kids looove the oxbow papaya enzyme tablets, and since it's heavy shed season, they've been getting at least one daily. 

I also like to give them unsweetened dried fruit and was happy to discover the new trader joe's dried strawberries, which are really reasonable   Every once in a while they'll get a sliver of fresh apple or banana.

What?!?!  Trader Joe's has dried strawberries?  I think I will have to pick some up for me, erm the bunnies- well both of us if the strawberries make it home that is!  I'd better get two bags!  Thanks for the info!!!



User is Offline Bunnies4ever
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8/02/2006 7:46 AM
After reading everybody's posts, I decided that my rabbits are a little strange!  The only treats they like are dried papaya and dried apples.  They turn up their noses at bananas and raisins.  Kahlua will eat a slice of apple, but Chloe won't have anything to do with it.  As soon as they hear the bag crinkle, they come running for their dried papaya!  I even tried the apple sticks, nope, didn't like them!  I tried giving them strawberry tops, nope...no deal.  I did find this one treat that had a piece of dried apple on a stick, so it doubled as a treat and a chew-toy.  They loved that!  Chloe chews on her stick, but as soon as Kahlua finishes his treat, he doesn't want the stick anymore.  They are veggie lovers, but I have to keep a separate list in my head because they like different veggies which makes it difficult sometimes when I go to the supermarket! 

User is Offline BB
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8/03/2006 8:02 PM

Bunnies4ever - That's funny about they like different greens.  Mine are like that too.  For example, Bailey really likes cilantro, while Jack and Rucy just nibble at it with slight interest. They all seem to love Italian Parsley.  

What greens do each of your bunnies prefer? 


User is Offline Bunnies4ever
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8/03/2006 9:24 PM
They both love romaine lettuce, italian parsey, regular parsley, watercress, dandilion leaves, cilantro and bok choy. Chloe hates basil. Kahlua loves it.. I occasionally give them kale, Chloe doesn't like it, but Kahlua devours it. Since Kale can'be toxic over time, I rarely give him any. Kahlua loves the tops of the carrot with the greens stll attached, but Chloe just stiffs at it. Next I'll try brussel sprouts and see how that goes. Trying one vegetable at a time is a really good idea. It gives you the chance to see if it causes any stomach upset. So far, I haven't had any problems.
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