Best Rabbit Food UK
Best Rabbit Food UK
Best Rabbit Food UK takes a look at five of the best Rabbit foods to keep your furry friend in the best of health.
Why Buy Pellet Foods For Rabbits?
As a bunny owner or bunny owner to be, you'll know that it's really important to feed hay as the major part of your rabbit's diet. However, a pellet food, a complementary food, can also provide extra palatability and nutrients. And in fact, one of the things that you'll see often mentioned, is that pellets can reduce selective feeding which is basically what happens when you feed a muesli food and the rabbit decides that it's only going to take the bits that it likes.
So what's great about all this range of food is that these pellets provide everything that your rabbit needs in terms of nutrition on top of the hay and water and greens. So, your bunny won’t just take the bits that they like and leave the other parts behind.
What To Look For In A Good Rabbit Food
There are two key things to be looking at when you're choosing a complementary rabbit pellet food for your rabbit. Current recommendations from experts is that whatever complementary food you choose, the protein level should be between around 14, 12% to 14%. Plus fibre should be between 20% to 25%, depending on your rabbit's age, stage of life. So let's look at each one in turn and compare them.
Best Rabbit Food For Older Bunnies
First up is Mr Johnson's Advance Rabbit Food which describes itself as a superior complementary food for rabbits. In terms of price per kilo, it works about £2.47 and its main selling point is the inclusion of Verm-X, which you can see here on the packaging, which the manufacturer says is a natural control of intestinal hygiene, so it will help. It's a herbal blend to improve digestion in your bunny.
Not only that, it contains probiotics for a healthy gut, fibre for good dental health and glucosamine for extra mobility. So it's good if your rabbit is getting on a little bit.
Best Rabbit Food For Juniors
Burgess Excel Junior & Dwarf Rabbit Food
Next up, we have Burgess Excel. Burgess is a big name in rabbit food. Its protein levels of this feed are 16 per cent so that's a bang on the money, and the fibre is a whopping 36, which seems rather high but then you've got to realise that this food is, as the name suggests, for junior and dwarf rabbits.
So it's suitable if you're feeding younger or dwarf rabbits with high energy requirements and they need extra protein to support their growth and development. And this one works out at around £2.94 per kilo.
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Best Rabbit Food For Sick Bunnies
Petlife Oxbow Essentials Adult Rabbit Food
Next up we have Oxbow Essentials Adult Rabbit Food. It comes in several sizes including 2.2 kg and 4 kg bags, so it's great if you're short on space or you've only got one bunny to feed. It comes in this nice resealable packaging and one of the good points about this is that it's based on Timothy hay - Timothy grass meal should I say, which is good if you don't want to feed wheat to your rabbit, and there are reasons why you might not want to do that.
This one also is without any seeds or fruits or artificial ingredients. And all-natural, complete food, high fibre. This one's particularly good for adult bunnies, including the sick and the elderly. So works a little bit more expensive than the other feeds but a very high quality rabbit food.
Best Rabbit Food For Lactating Rabbits
Heygates Rabbits Choice Pellets - 20kg
Next on our list of the best rabbit food is the Heygates Country Feed Rabbits Choice. Now this comes in a massive 20k bag which is great if you've got a whole brood of bunnies to feed. The whole Heygates range is popular with smallholders and farmers because you can feed other animals with other feeds from the range too, like llama and alpaca, as well as rabbits. It comes with lucerne which provides natural protein and fibre. The Heygates works out at about £2.19 a kilo, which makes it very good value for money.
Checking the analytical constituents for the Heygates Rabbits Choice Pellets, we can see that the protein amount is 16%, so that's all good, above where we need it to be, in fact. The crude fibre is a little bit on the low side at 16%. Just something to be aware of - fairly low in fat at 4%, and also shows that you can feed this to lactating rabbits, as well. And in fact, let's see what the manufacturer says about that. And on the back: "Rabbits Choice pellets can be fed to does, bucks and growing rabbits and contains extra Vitamin C." And you can feed this one to other small mammals as well, which makes it a really good all-rounder if you've got a whole menagerie.
Best Rabbit Food For Weaning Your Rabbit
Allen & Page Breeder & Grower Rabbit Pellets - 20kg
And the final rabbit food in our lineup is the Breeder & Grower Pellets from brand Allen & Page. It's Vegetarian Society approved, which we can see on the label here, and is Non-GM Ingredients, which may be important to you. Says it's high fibre and low starch, so let's check on the label to see what the actual stats are. And here we can see that the crude protein amount is 15.5%, so that's bang on the money, and the fibre is 18%, so pretty good too. And we've got some decent feeding instructions here to help you understand how much to feed your rabbit. As the name suggests on this one, Breeder & Grower Pellets, this is an ideal feed if you're looking to wean young rabbits and pregnant does.
There's some good information on the back which explains everything you need to know. This one works out at about £2.49 per kilo.
Best Rabbit Food For Younger Owners
Wagg Twitch Rabbit Nuggets
And next up we have Wagg Twitch Rabbits Nuggets which is a new pellet formula, I believe it used to come in a muesli formula which is now not so much recommended by bunny experts because it can lead to dental problems and as we've discussed, it can lead to selective feeding. So, nice pellet format and this bag is a 4 kg bag, so it's great if you've got one bunny to feed, good if you're just starting out. Also comes in smaller bags, as well.
In terms of the protein and the fibre, let's have a look - protein 13%, crude fibre 19%, so a little bit on the low side. However, what it does lack, there it makes up for in palatability - this one includes grass meals, peas, carob bean meal and apple pomace, all of which sound delicious and maybe just enough to increase the appetite of a sick or poorly bunny, or one that's just a little bit fussy.
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