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    10-26-2013, 04:57 PM
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Weanling
hay for rabbits too bloody expensive..heres my alternative..

Ok so yes...pet stores charge way too much for alfalfa for rabbits..i mean come ON...the stuff they sell isnt even that good..ugh...so instead of spending the $13 for a 5 pound bag..i went to my local feed shop and the owner sold me a half bale of fresh 3 way for $10( helps that I know him well lol) and for 6 rabbits..that is going to last AWHILE....does anyone else notice this trend tho? Where hay..and pellets tend to be more expensive if they are for "little animals" hell I buy horse hay pellets and just soak them for my rabbits and they love it..and again..cheeper with the same **** nutrition and more for your money...50 pounds for 9 bucks instead of $20 for ten pounds...ok sorry needed to rant..as it is rediculous and all of us here try to save money at one point or another..or..always lol
     
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    10-26-2013, 05:04 PM
  #2
Green Broke
The $$ is in the packaging & presentation. Does almost seem like a rip-off, doesn't it?
     
    10-26-2013, 05:06 PM
  #3
Yearling
Actually, I feed my rabbits straight up Timothy hay. Same stuff the horses get. Alfalfa is good for growing rabbits, but it's got too much calcium for adult rabbits if it's fed as their staple diet and can cause bladder stones. At the wildlife center I work at during the summers the buns there get Timothy, too. So think about switching it up - better for them and WAY cheaper, just grab a square bale and it'll last FOREVER!

Horse pellets should be fine as long as they're high enough in fiber/protein and whatnot. Buns have sensitive needs and their pellets are pretty formulated, but it's entirely possible horse pellets could provide what they need (I've honestly never looked, but so long as they're timothy based pellets should be good!)

Here's a little info about it:
Is alfalfa hay for rabbits okay? - Small Pet Select
     
    10-26-2013, 05:06 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Definitely know where you're coming from! Yes, the small animal bags of hay are way more expensive! Your prices in CA are probably even more so than here - I only have 1 house rabbit and 1 guinea pig, as opposed to your 6 rabbits! Glad you found a good alternative and deal on your hay - Be very cautious about alfalfa with rabbits, however, and try to opt for timothy instead on your next purchase... :)
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    10-26-2013, 05:13 PM
  #5
Weanling
Well all 6 of my buns are under 6 months..like 3-4...so they are on alfalfa timothy mixed hays and alfalfa and timothy mixed pellets...all of which I get super cheep at the feed store lol
     
    10-26-2013, 05:18 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Shoebox    
Actually, I feed my rabbits straight up Timothy hay. Same stuff the horses get. Alfalfa is good for growing rabbits, but it's got too much calcium for adult rabbits if it's fed as their staple diet and can cause bladder stones. At the wildlife center I work at during the summers the buns there get Timothy, too. So think about switching it up - better for them and WAY cheaper, just grab a square bale and it'll last FOREVER!

Horse pellets should be fine as long as they're high enough in fiber/protein and whatnot. Buns have sensitive needs and their pellets are pretty formulated, but it's entirely possible horse pellets could provide what they need (I've honestly never looked, but so long as they're timothy based pellets should be good!)

Here's a little info about it:
Is alfalfa hay for rabbits okay? - Small Pet Select
I wish all rabbit owners could have a copy of that! (As well as guinea pigs needing Vit C!) That is the exact information I was given years ago from my small animal vet when I first began having rabbits as pets... One other thought to add to it - rabbits come into their adult years very fast, and my Benjamin who's 4 1/2 yrs. Is considered to be 'getting on' in age (albeit very healthy!) in that regard, so when they say to only give alfalfa when young, they mean very young... Good article!
     
    10-26-2013, 05:20 PM
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Weanling
Also should have stated my buns are young...two are 9 weeks and the rest maybe a week or two older now that im looking at their pedigrees..thus why they are on an alfalfa timothy mix lol
     
    10-26-2013, 05:22 PM
  #8
Weanling
I have two chinchillas at home and before I got back into horses this spring I was buying hay at the pet store for ridiculous prices. Love the fact that I can now get a square bale from my barn, and take home a flake or two at a time so that I don't have to have a full bale in my house.
     
    10-26-2013, 05:23 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Khainon    
well all 6 of my buns are under 6 months..like 3-4...so they are on alfalfa timothy mixed hays and alfalfa and timothy mixed pellets...all of which I get super cheep at the feed store lol
Sounds like you're staying educated and on top of things! :)
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    10-26-2013, 08:32 PM
  #10
Showing
I just paid $10 for a 44lb bag of alfalfa pellets. The feed dealer will carry them or get them in for you.
     
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