Feeding Rabbits and Guinea Pigs
I'll be quite honest, I know next to nothing about rabbits and guinea pigs, but what I do know is that they are hind-gut fermenters and need some sort of forage to live a long happy life. I also know that their teeth grow constantly and they must have a chew block of sorts to keep those teeth trimmed to be able to eat correctly.
On a side note, horses are also hind-gut fermenters, but they have a large cecum that functions like a cow's rumen. But enough on that, I'll put it into a different blog post. Rabbits are similar but are considered to be "coprophagists" (in plain terms, they eat their own feces.) I know, it sounds gross, but it is a great way to recover nutrients that otherwise would have been lost.
Now, on to feeding them. At the Farm Store we sale a variety of rabbit food and one brand of guinea pig food. The guinea pig food is easy, we get it from Payback Nutrition and it is a pelleted feed we sale for $4.00 for a 10 pound bag or $20.25 for a 50 pound bag. We sale a variety of rabbit feed though, all made by Purina and all pelleted. Our best seller is our Farm Club Rabbit feed and that is sold in a 10 pound bag for $4.00 or a 50 pound bag for $17.25.
Forage is also needed in their diet and we luckily sale mini bales that are about three pounds and come in a variety of grasses. The options you have are local valley grass hay, alfalfa/grass mix, alfalfa, timothy and orchard. These bales sale for $5.50 each. The differences between the five options is the nutrition quality. Here is a good read for the differences between alfalfa and timothy hay for rabbits.As always and until next time,