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Last Post by LoveChaCha at 2/08/2011 12:03 PM (12 Replies)
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User is Offline Griffenbun
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2/03/2011 12:54 PM

My dwarf Griffen eats everything I feed him within minutes.  When I give him a fresh pile of hay each day it only lasts about ten minutes.  A carrot is gone as fast as he can eat it, he eats his pellets/breakfast right away  and all at once.  And he is always begging for treats.  I feed him exactly what the vet said to.  Is he actually still hungry or does he just like to eat?  I can't help but notice that breakfast takes my other bun all day to eat.


User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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2/03/2011 1:39 PM
He may just liek to eat. How much hay are you giving him at a time?Do you replentish it when he eats it all right away?

User is Offline Griffenbun
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2/03/2011 2:49 PM
I usually give him a large handful between 4:00-6:00. It's fairly generous. Sometimes I'll give him a little more before bed because I feel bad.

User is Offline peppypoo
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2/03/2011 7:47 PM

I would suggest leaving a permanent source of hay that he can munch on at his own leisure whenever he wants to. There's a good deal of discussion about various methods of hay dispensing in the habitats and toys section of the forum...I'm sure you can find one that works for you and Griffen .   Besides being an integral part of bunny diets, it gives him something healthy and non-fattening to eat if he's hungry at any time.

Griffen sounds like Peppy...she wolfs down everything and anything that I give her, and always wants more. However, Remi is a little more finicky...sometimes his night-time veggies are still there in the morning. I guess just like people, some buns love to eat more than others

Tammo (RIP), Milo (RIP), Peppy, Remi

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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2/03/2011 9:25 PM
Yes, a constant supply of hay is needed. They must have access to it at all times . Perhaps if he does, he won' wolf everything down so fast

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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2/04/2011 1:49 AM
A carrot is gone as fast as he can eat it, he eats his pellets/breakfast right away and all at once. And he is always begging for treats.


Sounds exactly like my 3!!! I call them my Starvin Marvins. At meal time they are hysterical! I can't get them their bowls fast enough. And they have unlimited hay 24/7. Some bunnies are just piggies, I guess.
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User is Offline nugget
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2/04/2011 2:00 AM

agreeing with the others....I think when your vet said to give a fresh pile of hay each day....they thought that pile would last all day, LOL. Some of those store bought hay racks are simply too small. If you work outside the house and are gone 9 hours a day....there is no way a "full rack" will last that long. Snoop around for lots of hay rack ideas!! It's kinda fun to be a little creative and build your own hay rack.

Oliver is the same way...eating everything in sight in one large gulp. He has toned down a bit with the hay, but the greens and the 2 tablespoons of pellets he gets a day are gone before I know it. He's a little eating machine with no off switch. Just because he WILL eat additional pellets....doesn't mean he should be eating them. I think a hefty eater just means they are healthy and happy...but it is important not to over feed. I've heard many times...Just because a bunny gives you the impression that they are STARVING TO DEATH   ......they're not.

 they are just greedy little eaters!


User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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2/04/2011 3:19 AM
My rabbits have always eaten all of their food as soon as it hits the floor. They will also always eat some hay when I refill hay racks, so I make sure to get them as full as I can.

I think he just likes to eat!
- Elrohwen

User is Offline MayaConsuelo
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2/04/2011 9:45 AM

I use one of those long tissue boxes as a hay dispenser (be careful, the bunny may want to eat the box, but mine hasn't so far.) I fill it nearly every day (and I mean CRAMMED full) and he also gets a giant handful in 2 litterboxes when I clean them every other day. This is in addition to a cereal bowl of greens and veggies twice a day which he inhales. They really seem to gobble up everything in front of them. I would serve much more hay so it's always available, they can't overeat that.

It really is amazing how much they eat in proportion to their body size, but hay is just dried grass and low in calories.

 


User is Offline Griffenbun
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2/07/2011 11:57 AM
alrighty so i tried the constant supply of hay and he just eats and eats and eats and eats until its gone. he is just always eating. i guess ill maybe give him a pile in the morning and one more in the evening. greedy bugger.

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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2/07/2011 12:20 PM
bunnies constantly eat when they aren't sleeping, they need to have stuff constantly going in, if they have nothing in their tummies or digestive tract, it is not a good thing. So try keeping the constant supply of hay. Maybe once he has figured out it is always there he will slow down. Right now, he is used to it not beign there so he eats it all up when he has it.

User is Offline Griffenbun
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2/07/2011 2:06 PM
ok i will give it a whirl.. today he even jumped into other bun's cage to 'help' her eat her carrot

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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2/08/2011 12:03 PM
That is good that your bunny is eating That would be a big scare if he wasn't!
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