I use Heinhold Wool Formula with my rabbits, however, other feeds may be used. I feed a 3/4 cup of feed per day. I also feed alfalfa or hay daily to help break down wool that has been ingested so they don’t get wool block. One of the things I have also found useful is to feed a quarter-cup of wild bird seed (I buy mine at Wal-Mart) twice a week. They love it and will usually eat the bird seed before the pellets.
Treats are always enjoyed by rabbits, however, too much of a good thing can cause diarrhea. Various treats can consist of: carrots, dried bread, crackers, apples, corn, corn stalks, grass, banana, dried pineapple, etc.
3 comments on 3. Feeding Angora Rabbits
My angora doe digs the pellets out of her hanging bin feeder. My buck never does this. Any suggestions to conserve on her wasting her pellets? She gets some apple, carrot, or other greens everyday but the pellets are her main feed.
She also urinates in her nest box – again the buck never does this. What bedding do you suggest for her? I have used grass hay, cedar shavings, and stall bedding pellets.
If she isn’t pregnant, why does she need a nest box? If you must, you could give her a box that has a welded wire fabric floor. I’m assuming you’ve given her toys to play with. You might be over-feeding her. Rabbits really don’t need any food other than a high quality pelleted feed and occasionally a handful of hay. A normal amount of pelleted food for an English Angora is from 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup daily. Experiment with cutting back the amount just a bit to see if she wastes less of it. The right amount of feed is what they will consume within 12 hours, while maintaining good flesh condition. Fresh water should always be available.
None of my does have nest boxes until just before their kits are due then I put them in with some of their own fur I’ve saved just for them and their babies.