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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > Too much hay?
Last Post by BB at 8/30/2006 9:40 PM (5 Replies)
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User is Offline Gina Won
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8/20/2006 10:47 PM
Hello BinkyBunny.com!

I was just wondering, is there such a thing as a bunny eating too much hay? My 1 yr old holland lop eats a TON of timothy hay and so I thought I should look into it, just in case and also because I'm curious!  Rabbit.org only has warnings about eating too much non-grass hay (i.e. alfalfa) but not the long-strand ones like timothy. My lop seems very robust and healthy, so I'm not too worried, but I was just wondering what other thoughts/opinions/experiences you folks might have had with this.

Thanks!
Ligeia

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8/20/2006 11:45 PM

Welcome Ligeia!    I have never heard of consuming lots of timothy hay as being a bad thing. It is wonderful for their digestive system, good for their teeth, and very low in calorie.  So it is almost impossible for hay to cause weight gain.

In fact, some bunnies who have extremely sensitive digestive systems end up having hay as the main part of their diet.  

I am happy to hear that your bunny loves hay and eats "tons" of it.     It will keep her digestive tract healthy which is one of the most important parts of a rabbit's health.   And actually, many bunnies don't eat enough which can lead to a whole host of problems.  Gi stasis, poopybutt, teeth issues, etc.

To make sure she is getting a healthy balance of vitamins though, does she eat her greens and pellets?


User is Offline Gina Won
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8/21/2006 10:47 AM
Thanks for the reply, BinkyBunny!

Yes, she completely mows through her greens every day... her favorites include: parsley (both kinds), green-leaf lettuce, bok choy, cilantro, dandelion, arugula, celery leaves, carrot tops, green peppers, watercress and basically anything else!

Ooh boy and it's absolute pandemonium when she sees me reaching for the pellet container. She actually stomps her feet in antipation, a habit I'm trying to break her of (if that's possible!); I tell her, "Floppy, that's rude!"

Talk to you soon!

Ligeia

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8/24/2006 7:13 PM
You offer an excellent  diet!  She sounds like a sweetie pie!  She's lucky to have you.  What does she look like? Have any pictures?

User is Offline Gina Won
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8/24/2006 10:32 PM
Aw, thanks! I actually have two buns-- Floppy is a silvery-siamesey looking holland lop girl and Seamus is a little brown agouti dwarf boy. Flops is about 4-5 lbs and Seamus is 3 lbs and according to the shelter that I adopted them at, Floppy is 1 yrs old and Seamus is 2. Flops is the rambunctious, crazy, genius neurotic one and Seamus is a very mild, sweet, easy-going and easy to love little guy. I have tons of pictures, I'll try to post some as soon as I figure out how to upload 'em. By the way, your buns are absolutely adorable! I came across their videos on YouTube when I searched "Rabbits." I also really love that video of Buffy the bunny; she is just a zippy little ball of cuteness!

User is Offline BB
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8/30/2006 9:40 PM

Oh, that's so great you saw them on YouTube.  I love going there and searching for cute rabbit videos too.  Boy, we're nuts. 

To upload your pictures into our gallery, you have to send them to me.  Because so many people uploaded pics that were fuzzy, or too dark, etc.. you can just send them to info@binkybunny.com.  I make sure that the pictures are color corrected, sharpened and made web friendly for easy fast viewing for most connections.

So just send 'em and I'll be sure to include them in the next group upload. (I'll notify you by email when they get put up)

 

 

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