Are you wondering how to feed your Holland lop? Well, I'm glad that you stopped by today because I'm going to share a video here soon on my YouTube channel explaining how I feed my Holland lops and I hope you will tune in and maybe subscribe to our channel so you can keep learning!
Holland lops like all other rabbits should have a lot of fiber in their diet. Carbohydrates and sugar should be limited and fresh water always available.
Not all vegetables and fruits are safe for rabbits, in fact did you know that Avocado is toxic and possibly fatal to rabbits?
So when choosing fresh vegetables to your rabbits, do not simply trust all new found "experts," ask your vet!
I have been working with my vet to develop a healthy diet to my rabbits and I have been very satisfied, but you should never suddenly change your rabbit's diet just because something that you heard or read on the internet. So be sure to ask your vet before switching your rabbit's feed or introducing a new leafy greens.
In general the best thing to keep in mind is that rabbits do not have a very rich diet in the wild and our domesticated rabbits have the same digestive system as their ancestors.
The key in feeding your Holland lop is to feed them a lot of grass hay, some plain pellets that have high content of fiber and about 15-16% protein. Greens can be introduced slowly and given as a treat not the main meal.
Here is some information I found at http://sherwoodpethealth.com/rabbit-food-1/#digestion
"Too Many Fresh Greens and Veggies can Cause Problems Rabbits also cannot directly digest even the soft simple fibers like pectin (found in fruit) and tender fibers found in vegetables, leafy greens, and fresh grass. Too much of any of these things will lead to the rapid growth of bad bacteria and lead to bloat, mushy poops, uneaten caecotrophs or other digestive problems. It is ok to feed greens as long as they are eating enough hay which provides bulk to slow down bacterial fermentation." end of quote
Based on the House rabbit society here is a list of safe greens, and I quote, " LEAFY GREENS
These foods should make up about 75% of the fresh portion of your rabbit’s diet (about 1 packed cup per 2 lbs of body weight per day).
Leafy Greens I (need to be rotated due to oxalic acid content and only 1 out of three varieties of greens a day should be from this list)
Leafy Greens II (low in oxalic acid)
These should be no more than about 15 % of the diet (About 1 tablespoon per 2 lbs of body weight per day).
These should be no more than 10% of the diet (about 1 teaspoon per 2 lbs of body weight per day). NOTE: unless otherwise stated it is more nutritious to leave the skin on the fruit (particularly if organic), just wash thoroughly. IF you are in doubt about the source of the fruit and you are concerned about chemicals in the skin, then remove it.
I feed my Holland lops all they can eat Timothy Hay, which is served in a hay ball so it doesn't touch the floors or their waste. They also get a hay based (50% alfalfa-50% timothy hay ) plain pellets that is locally milled and fresh. As a treat they get fresh raspberries leaves, parsley, kale, collard greens and dandelion. We no longer feed greens daily because we recently learned that it can cause digestion problems. We personally haven't had any problems by feeding greens as I have always fed fresh greens to my rabbits but I not longer see the need to make their diet too rich as in the wild their diet wouldn't be dense in nutrition but rather light. If left without humans intervention, rabbits in the wild would have things like leaves, twigs, grasses both fresh and dried, bark, pine cones depending on their geographic location. Vegetables like we find in our diet wouldn't be present in the wild, so I'm now limiting greens and feeding mostly hay and plain pellets with occasional greens as treats.
I hope you learned something new today, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
How to properly feed your Holland lop Rabbit by Gio.
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