Welcome to Holland Lop diet
You should never change your rabbit's diet without talking to your vet. Below is a suggestion of what I recommend to my buyers and also what I feed my rabbits. If you wish to switch your pellets do so very slowly by mixing 50%of the old pellets with 50%of the new pellets for a period of at least 7 days. By switching your rabbit's diet slowly you will allow your rabbit's digestive system to get used to the new formula .
Here at Gio's Holland lop of Utah we choose to feed a high quality pellets, Certified Timothy hay, organic greens and rolled oats.
Each rabbit has different needs so, we recommend that you speak with your vet to decide what is the best way to feed your rabbit.
We feed Sherwood Natural rabbit food- Soy free, Grain free- Worry free.
Alfalfa vs. Soy
Sherwood natural rabbit food is a locally milled pellets, that is hay based and grain free. We are happy that we can get our pellets from a local place because it is always fresh. You can order below and have Sherwood sent to your door!
Watch the video on the left side to see the difference between Sherwood rabbit food and other rabbit pellets, You will not believe your eyes!!!
Rabbits kept for breeding purposes, have a different nutritional need than a pet rabbit, however they both need high quality feed for optimal health and happiness.
I use and recommend Sherwood Rabbit food for adult rabbits.
Adults Complete, for the rabbit that doesn't eat hay.
Adult formula : Timothy/Alfalfa based pellets for the picky ones that do not eat hay. Fed free choice, they will regulate their amount and eat only what is needed. Timothy hay can be served, however not needed.
Adult Professional: Feed at least 1/4 of a ounce per pound of body weigh or at most 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight . Feed once preferably at the same time daily. Supplement with Free choice Timothy hay daily. This is a formula for good hay eaters.
Pregnant does: Feed Sherwood Adult rabbit food daily until kindling, after that you should transfer the doe to the Baby formula as she will need more protein and carbohydrates while nursing.
Also feed 1 tablespoon of uncooked Old Fashioned rolled oats daily until she kindles. Pregnant does and nursing does must be fed freely. I supplement my does diet with fresh organic dark greens daily.
Babies : Should eat Baby formula with their mom until weaned, which normally occurs naturally around 8-9 weeks of age. After weaned continue free choice feeding Baby formula until 10-12 weeks and then transfer then to the Adult formula.
When feeding a junior you should control his pellets to the same amount as an adult which will help him to develop and matures slowly without growing to fast.
Dark Green leaves can be fed as supplement or treats. Never change your rabbit's diet too suddenly.
The house rabbit doesn't need as much pellets as a breeding animal. They should be spayed and neutered and kept in a fiber rich diet.
Great hay eater: Sherwood Professional Adult rabbit food
Adults: weighing 3lb-4 lb. feed at most 1/4 of a cup of Professional formula plus free choice timothy hay all day.
Not a hay eater? No problem!
Adult Complete Rabbit food : Free choice David Sherwood states in his website, "For rabbits that don’t eat enough loose hay (at least 50% of the diet by weight) this hay-based, grain/soy-free food provides the additional hay they need. It is a balanced, fortified and complete food low in calories that contains additional Timothy hay to provide correct amounts of long-strand fiber for proper digestive health. As a result rabbits will regulate their own food intake. It will also help overweight rabbits shed excess body fat and help underweight rabbits gain healthy weight and improved muscle tone by supplying a proper balance of the essential nutrients needed for optimal health."
Babies: Should be fed Baby formula until 10-12 weeks free choice plus Timothy hay, then switched to Adult formula. Feed at most 1/2 ounce per pound of body weigh.
If you have purchased your baby from me, just follow my care sheet.
Vegetables can be supplemented. Introduce dark green leaves slowly . To rabbits that never had vegetables before, give one tiny piece per day until he is well adapted.
Do not feed commercial treats ever!
Fruits are not recommended until 4 months of age.
We train our babies to eat their hay!