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Forum DIET & CARE Can I introduce pellets and timothy hay at once?

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    • Lia
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      My 15 week old bunny had gas and was leaving cecotropes a while ago due to issues with her diet so I took away her pellets and she was only eating meadow hay for a couple of days. She got better but she was losing weight so I took her to the vet and was told to start giving her some alfalfa hay and maybe pellets if she tolerates it well. She gained some weight since, she went from 420 to 450 grams but today she started leaving cecotropes again and her poop is very dark and a bit soft. I want to switch her to timothy hay and a small amount of pellets. She’s currently eating a mix of meadow and alfalfa, but she’s not really a fan of the meadow hay. Can I introduce both timothy hay and pellets in small quantities at once? Or can I give her only a mix of timothy and meadow hay for a while? The pellets I got her are the supreme selective junior pellets.

       


    • DanaNM
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      Yes it’s fine to switch to timothy hay (or add it in), but since she is young I would keep her on the alfalfa pellets, as she needs a source of alfalfa to grow properly.

      I am thinking once she starts eating more timothy her poops will get better. It’s not uncommon for young bunnies to leave some extra cecotropes because their pellets are more rich, but as long as her other poops are well-formed it’s not too much cause for concern.

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Forum DIET & CARE Can I introduce pellets and timothy hay at once?