DAILY CARE

FEEDING

What do they eat in a day?

I have a whole section on this website dedicated to nutrition, but here I will break it down into daily amounts. They should be given hay each day (ensure there is a constant supply), at least two vegetable meals and optionally supplement feed.

How much and what times?

Rabbits like routine, so having a set time each day to feed them is optimal. It doesn't matter what time of day you choose to feed your rabbits, but try to stick to those times each day. The amount of food depends on how many you have, their age, weight and many more factors. Hay should be offered in unlimited amounts. Forage may partly replace their vegetables during the warm season if given in large quantities and if it is varied. A supplement may be offered once a day if required.

cleaning

What daily cleaning is needed?

 

Rabbits are generally very clean animals and will most likely use a litter tray, so you should spot clean this each day. 

 

Part or full bedding change?

 

You can bed them down fully on a substrate but this will be more difficult to clean and will be more expensive. Spot cleaning with litter trays is best (if done regularly). This saves money and reduces waste. Doing a full clean every so often is a good idea, including disinfecting

 

TIPS

  1. Use vinyl flooring as the base of your bunny home to make it waterproof.

  2. Line with newspaper for an extra absorbent layer.

  3. Use a water and vinegar solution for cleaning (mix equal parts in spray bottle).

  4. Use a low dust horse bedding such as aubiose to save money.

daily routine example

Here is a guide you can implement into your own daily routine.

 

Please note: the routine doesn't have to be this structured! Opt for a routine which is simple and something you can implement into your everyday life.

Prepare fresh food and feed them as much as needed. Check they are all coming out for food and ensure they are all behaving as normal. Check they are eating, behaving normally and no signs of pain, appetite loss, behaving withdrawn etc.

7am

Spot clean if needed, removing any soiled areas of bedding, or alternatively sweeping up faeces and changing litter trays if fleece is being used. 

4pm

Change their water and wash out any food bowls if needed. Top up hay racks if they are starting to run out. In the warm season, this is a good time to start collecting forage (and/or in the morning).

5pm

Feed fresh food again. Wether that be vegetables, herbs, forage and grasses or a combination of these. It is best for rabbits to consume fresh food little and often so their should be enough to last until the next feeding.

7pm

Close up any doors, windows etc. In Winter, providing straw in the evening inside their hutches or in a large litter tray is ideal for insulation for outdoor rabbits.

8pm