What is the best pellet pan?
You are looking for the best granules to supplement your rabbit’s diet ? Good news, you are in the right place ! There are many brands and types of granules, but the majority of them are not good for your rabbit. There are essential elements to take into account when choosing your granules.
Here is a small checklist of essential information to know, before our top of the best pellets for rabbits:
Granules are not essential to have a healthy rabbit, on the contrary, it is better to give nothing but poor quality “foops” or granules.
The amount of granules should not exceed 3% of the weight of your rabbit. For example, if your rabbit weighs 1.5 kg, then you will have to give less than 45 gr of granules per day. Personally, I give them 8/10 granules each in the morning. Hay must obviously remain the main element of their diet.
Read the nutrient and ingredient labels to select the best granules.
We leave aside the seed mixtures and we favor “molded” or granules. This will prevent your rabbit from sorting their diet and only select the wealthiest foods.
Avoid all cereal-based granules at all costs, which are harmful to the health of your little rabbit, are not chickens.
As with the choice of hay, it is better to choose quality granules in order to have a healthy dwarf rabbit … Otherwise, you have the heavy veterinary bills.
To save you from errors and hours of research, here is our ranking of the best pellets for rabbits. Tested and approved by our rabbits of course and which sticks with all the above elements:
These granules are good compositions and especially grainless (without cereals). They are complete and composed of numerous compressed herbs.
Nutrition level, we find a good rate of fibers (more than 23%) and proteins (10%), which make them first choice granules. In addition, we emphasize the very natural and varied composition of this rabbit food, which I am sure will delight your little foodies.
In addition, they are the most economical between 4 and 5 € per kilo, it is a great value for money.
They are often cited as the reference of pellets for rabbits. They have a good composition with 14% protein and 20% raw fiber.
They are a little more expensive than the others (around 6 € per kg) but personally, I see that my rabbits prefer them. If your rabbit is a little complicated, you can make your transition with these granules. In addition, there are a few flax seeds, calendula and yucca, for beautiful hair.
You will find them on the Internet, at your veterinarian, but also in certain specialized stores (Truffaut, Maxizoo, Jardiland …)
Selective offers granules without a rabbit cereal, with as many healthy ingredients as possible. Mainly made up of foil hay, it has 22% fiber which is very good. They also consist of flax seeds which promote good transit. They are “grainless” (without cereals) and without added sugar.
They are however quite expensive, around 10 € per kilo, I advise you to compare prices online.
This rabbit food is of good quality and composed of 42 plants which will provide a full amount of nutrients and minerals for your dwarf rabbit. These granules have a crude fiber level of 21%, which is not bad at all, and a reduced calcium content to avoid the formation of vesical calculations or health problems of the renal system.
There are flax seeds for the good omega 3 and 6, as well as different vitamins for your rabbit !
Another intermediary are the Oxbow bunny Basics dwarf rabbit pellets, they are suitable for adult rabbits. If you have a rabbit under 6 months of age, I recommend other pellets.
These granules for dwarf rabbits are made up of meadow phleoles, they promote good transit of your rabbit. They are rich in fiber between 25 and 29%. However, there is a little molasses of sugar so, I advise you to favor a product a little higher in this classification.
For my part, I gave the complete Cuni at the beginning and I went on the JR-Farm because I find the composition better. It is important to make the transition well if you want to change granules.
If you had to choose one either by its composition or for its price, it will clearly be the JR Farm.
Good quality granules are generally composed of:
- Flights and other plants such as plantain, typist, dandelion, nettle, fescue, clover, pasture …
- We can find peas, soybeans and beans that are rich in protein.
- Dehydrated vegetables and herbs: parsnips, carrots, fennels, basil, mint …
- Natural or vitamin supplements: flax seeds, yucca, chamomile and vitamins A, E, C …
No grain for the good of your rabbit.
The amount of granules varies mainly depending on the age and race of your rabbit.
Below 6 months, it is recommended not to regulate the food intake too much, if your rabbit eats its hay well, you can offer it granules in unlimited. Conversely, if it gets worse it is not good for him. You have to help him regulate himself and especially promote hay. You can make meals, for example 30 minutes, 2 times a day by leaving these granules at its disposal in unlimited during these “meal”. He will then eat his hay the rest of the time.
You can also ration it by consulting your veterinarian upstream.
For adult rabbits that are not overweight, it is recommended not to give more than 3% of the weight of the granulated rabbit. For a 1.5 kg dwarf rabbit, do not exceed 40 grams.
For my part, I just give ten grams of granules to my rabbits and I favor vegetables.
Obviously, if your rabbit has health problems, overweight, anorexia, exit from convalescence … Consult your veterinarian to find out which granule to give and in what quantity.
As with hay, I recommend that you test, check the ingredients, find out about the Internet and social networks … Anyway, do you think.
You can easily buy all the rabbit food you want in several stores:
- Online: You can find your granules on Amazon, at Zoomalia, Wanimo … Take the opportunity to compare prices, you may find great promotions. Obviously stay alert, as in store everything that is sold is not good for your rabbit so check the ingredients.
- In store: I do not recommend large surfaces to you, they generally have very low-end and very poor quality products: seed mixture, colored diet …
- Specialized stores, garden centers, pet stores: You will find a large choice of rabbit food, always be vigilant and take with tweezers all the sales advice of sellers. Vitakraft and Feedeez mixtures are left aside, for example, even if their price is often attractive. You can find good granules like Versele Laga, JRFarm, Selective Naturals quite easily in the Jardilands, Botanic, Truffaut, Maxizoo and others.
If you are here, it is because you want the best for your dwarf rabbit, ram rabbit, farmer rabbit or even giant rabbit, you will quickly become an expert, and of course, certain marks will seem bad to you. for your rabbit.
If this is not yet your case, I advise you to avoid certain brands like Vitakraft, Feedeez, Hamiform (their granules are not worth their hay at all), Puur, Vadigran, Zolux but also farmed granules. I obviously cannot quote them all, it is up to you to remain vigilant …
Please note, some non-specialized NAC veterinarians may also mislead you.
If in doubt, you can send me a photo of your rabbit pellets and ingredients, I’ll tell you what I think about it.
No matter how big they are, your rabbit’s diet is based on the same characteristics as the ones I mentioned to you above.
Obviously, even a farmer rabbit does not need grain, it is harmful to them as it is to all other rabbits. You can feed your rabbits with the same granules regardless of their size or race (Flanders rabbit, angora rabbit, garlin rabbit, dwarf rabbit, giant rabbit …). You will simply give them more or less according to their race.
Some granules with flax seeds are perfect for a beautiful hair and if your rabbit has a health problem, get closer to your veterinarian, some special granules exist.
It doesn’t matter if your rabbit doesn’t eat its granules, as long as it eats lots of hay and its vegetable ration with appetite.
However, if he no longer eats hay, granulated or vegetable, it is the red alert. Rabbits have a very sensitive transit and they must eat continuously otherwise, they risk a transit stop, which can be fatal. I’m just telling you a little lower, how to spot a transit stop.
If your rabbit eats everything properly, you can just add a little more vegetables and put the pellets aside.
Recognizing a transit stop remains fairly simple and in case of doubt, you must go to your veterinarian urgently, every minute can be vital. It is better to go to the vet for nothing than to regret your little rabbit for some doubts …
Transit stop in rabbits is simple to recognize:
- Your dwarf rabbit is abnormally calm, it remains in “boule” (loaf) and is not very dynamic.
- He eats very little or no more. Meals that are usually moments of excitement are abnormally calm.
- Your rabbit is sulking its food. The most effective test remains as follows: take his favorite treats and put them under his nose. If he doesn’t want it, worry.
- If your rabbit is usually not docile and you can almost wear it. It’s not normal…
So if your rabbit’s condition meets these criteria, call your veterinarian quickly while remaining calm and efficient.
Yes, if your rabbit is less than 6 months old, it is better to take granules adapted to its young age and growth.
The granules must contain alfalfa, rich in calcium to help it build its skeleton.
For quantity, you avoid limiting, unless your rabbit is a big greedy and no longer touches its hay. At that time, you can ration your rabbit or remove its pellet of granules at certain times of the day.
As the name suggests, a granule “grainless” has no cereals: wheat, barley, corn, oats …
Indeed, granules are not necessarily grain-based, they can also consist of dried and compressed fodder.