It’s all about the hay

For rabbits, grass and hay is the most important component of their diet – and not any old hay will do, as Burgess in-house vet Dr Suzanne Moyes explains…

It’s all about the hay

Posted:

12 June 2017

Rabbits just can’t have enough hay and, for these discerning dry grass nibblers, it has to be hay that’s grown and harvested especially for eating.

Burgess in-house vet Dr Suzanne Moyes says: “Our research has shown that many rabbits are not fed the correct hay and are instead chewing on bedding hay, which may have poor nutritional value. For bunnies to be healthy, it’s vital that you choose hay that’s specially grown for rabbits to feed on, cut at the right time to capture all the natural goodness, so your rabbits enjoy eating it.”

Having fresh, irresistibly tasty feeding hay every day is an absolute essential for fibrevores like bunnies. Suzanne adds: “Around 85-90% of a rabbit’s diet should be high quality feeding hay and grass. Astonishingly, that’s equal to their own body size in hay every day! Feeding hay is an excellent source of fibre, helps to maintain a healthy gut, reduces the risk of your rabbits getting tubby and serves to grind down their continuously growing teeth, helping prevent dental disease.”

So, what’s the difference between bedding hay and feeding hay?

Bedding hay is only suitable for rabbits to sleep on and can be:

• Cheaply manufactured

• Of unknown nutritional value

• Less tasty

• Yellow or brown in colour and dusty

Feeding hay is grown specially for eating and is:

• Fresh and fragrant, barn dried and dust extracted

• Much more tasty

• Nutritionally rich and laboratory tested

• High in fibre for gut health

Recommended by 92% of vets, you can find out more about Yorkshire farm grown Excel Long Stem Feeding Hay here >>

Find more expert advice on feeding your rabbits here >>

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