Nuggets

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At least 85-90% of the rabbit’s diet should consist of hay, grass and dried grass, as a guideline as much as the size of the rabbit’s body! They also need a small amount of nuggets – 20-25g per kg ideal bodyweight is all that is needed. You also need to make sure they have some green leafy salad as part of their diet and water should always be made available.

Nuggets

Excel tasty nuggets are a single component food and are high in beneficial fibre, vitamins, minerals and prebiotics to help with healthy eyes, skin and coat.

How many nuggets?

Nugget are only a supplementary food which means they only need to be given in a small amount. 20-25 g/kg ideal bodyweight is plenty which is a couple of teaspoons a day, so if a rabbit weights 2kg it only needs 40-50g per day. Rabbits will not eat enough hay if you give them too many nuggets or other food so it’s important to keep everything in proportion.

Muesli vs nuggets 

Rabbits fed on muesli-style foods will often selectively feed. This is where they pick out the high starch elements of the diet and leave the rest (typically the nugget/high fibre elements). Selective feeding leads to the an unbalanced diet, it also means that the rabbit will eat less hay intake and drink less water leading to other potential dental and digestive issues. Over 90% of vets do not believe muesli style foods should be sold for pet rabbits*.

If you are currently feeding a muesli style food to your rabbits you should gradually transfer to a hay and nugget based feeding plan over a period of between 14 and 28 days, by gradually reducing the amount of muesli and increasing the proportion of nuggets until they have completely replaced the mix.

The nuggets you choose should be based on grass and have a nutritional composition of the following levels:

  • Fibre: more than 20%
  • Protein: between 12 – 14%
  • Fat: 1 – 4%
  • Calcium: 0.6 – 1.0%
  • Phosphorous: 0.4-0.8%
  • Vitamin A: 10000 – 18000 IU/kg
  • Vitamin D: 800 – 1200 IU/kg
  • Vitamin E: 40 – 70 mg/kg
  • Magnesium: 0.3%
  • Zinc: 0.5%
  • Potassium: 0.6-0.7%


*Independent research, conducted by VetSurgeon.co.uk and VetNurse.co.uk, 2013.

Tip: make feeding fun by mixing nuggets within the hay!