Just a word about feeding a Holland Lop Rabbit.
Many breeders disagree on what they need and what they should have.
In my rabbitry I'm always improving my feeding habits as I learn each day. I'm currently feeding Manna Pro Gro to my nursing mothers and her kits and Manna Pro Sho to the rest of my herd, I mix 50% with Purina Fiber 3 to increase the amount of Fiber they get.
I believe rabbits need lots of fiber 24% or Higher,14-16 % protein, no sugar and no commercial treats and lot's of play time!
I have a fresh garden year around for my bunnies and they have dark green leaves twice a day. I try to imitate what was meant to be their diet. Hay free feed as they are grazers and will much on hay all they long if fresh. If you use as bedding they don't eat as much...I don't blame them I don't eat my bed sheets....so I keep their hay of the ground on a hay ball or hay rack and replace it daily.
Water must be fresh. My bunnies have lot's of play time they are calm relaxed and full of love to share. We have three large play pens outside on a shady area where each Rabbit gets 2 hours per day minimum outside.
I also give my grooming crazies a dose of Laxatone per my doctor instruction(ask your veterinarian for guidance) it helps with hair ball and intestines buildup. Kale is rich in fiber and keeps their intestines moving, so my rabbits eat a diet rich in Kale, Collard Greens, Bok Choy, Broccoli greens, Parsley, Raspberry leaves, Strawberry Leaves and other seasonal veggies as treats. The only seed I give maybe once a month as treat is Black Oil sunflower seeds.
Reading a article about feeding rabbits written by Dana Krempels, Ph.D. I had just one thing that differ from her recommendation, she says babies are to be introduced to Veggies at 2 months I however introduce at 12-14 days and have never had a problem with it. My line of thinking is that in the wild rabbits eat what they have and the babies will generally eat what mom eats and that is also my vet's opinion,if mom can eat baby can eat.
So at 12-14 days when they start munching on moms greens I actually give them a little a day, They are health and happy.
You can read Dana Krempels, PH.D. article by clicking here
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