So mom has had bunz her entire life. She also used to work for an exotic specialist veterinarian many years ago and still follows the guidelines that were recommended as best she can. Everyone has differing opinions on what pellets to use or has had experience with them. Or they use a certain brand because they have better litters/their rabbits fur quality is better on a certain feed. Since we supplement with hay and veggies, we just don't see the pellets having that much of an effect on our bunz. We just use Purina Rabbit Chow. That's it. Show bag in blue if it's in, green bag called Complete if not. If you don't have a lot of bunz, and want to just buy small bags of feed at the local Petco, they do carry Purina rabbit (Petsmart does not carry it around here). It will look different and may have added dried fruit, but as long as there aren't seeds, corn, or junk in it, it will be fine. Please do not go for the brands that put all that extra junk in it. Pellets should be available at all times and unless you are a breeeder-there is no reason to ration. Did you know that rabbits are called hind-gut fermenters? That means their digestive system is always moving and if there isn't food available to help aid the digestion process, the bunz system will eventually shut down over time. So if you have a bun that needs surgery, and the vet/receptionist tells you not to give any food/water overnight for surgery in the morning, cancel your appointment!!! They do not know enough about bunz to be doing anything with them!
Hay should always be available to your bun. It has the best qualities to keep bunz teeth correctly filed down. Did you know that a bunz teeth never stop growing? Yup, they have to have the proper foods to keep them in line. So, hay is the best way! Since your pellets will most likely be alfalfa based, Timothy Hay is what you should use. Others are fine too, but this is the recommendation for daily use. Be careful with other types as some tend to be extra rough/prickly and can actually cut the inside of their mouth
Here is a list of what CDawgs Hollands gets a couple of times a week:
Chards, Mustards, Collards, Kale, Spinach, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Yellow Squash, Sweet Potato, Zucchini, Carrots, Peas, Fresh or Frozen and then thawed. Also, a bag of Normandy blend from Walmart is a great time saver! Now for how much to give. The exotic specialist actually recommends -get ready for this- 90% veggies and hay and only 10% pellets! We simply can't do it, but more power to ya if you can!!!
I see all the crazy, fun looking treats out at the pet stores and just sigh. Really, there is no need to waste your money on them unless you just have fun giving them. With the exception on yogurt drops-I'll go for those. But honestly, an apple slice is a much better option and a healthy one too! Or blueberries or almost any fruit! Have fun giving fruit as a treat, and remember what the name implies-don't overdo causing diarrhea.
No salt wheels. With proper diet, these are just not necessary these days. There is one supplement all bunnies should have in their diets and that is papaya. This can be just like you take in the chew able pill form or fresh, but they should get it a couple of times a week to prevent hair balls (YES! Bunnies get hairballs even though they don't hack them up!).