Performance Rabbit Feed

Designed to be a complete ration for grower and breeder rabbits, Performance Rabbit Feed is an excellent choice for rabbits being raised for show, meat or fur or as pets.

Why Performance Rabbit Feed is ideal for your show rabbits

  • Complete ration: One complete ration with added vitamins and minerals for all phases of your rabbit’s life cycle.
  • Optimum performance: Balanced protein and energy levels promote optimum performance for show and production.

Feeding Directions

Feeding directions

  • Weaned bunnies: Weaned bunnies should receive feed free choice until they are 10 to 12 weeks old. Separate does and bucks at this time and monitor feed consumption more carefully. Depending on the size of the breed and age of the rabbit, three to eight ounces per day should be sufficient. Do not make sudden changes in the type of feed, the amount of feed or the time of feeding in order to avoid stressing the young animals.
  • Dry does and bucks: Dry does and bucks should be fed according to their size, age and condition. Do not overfeed as rabbits gain fat easily. Start by feeding three to six ounces per day. If feed is leftover from the previous feeding, reduce the amount of feed accordingly.
  • Gestating does: Gestating does should receive just enough feed for a 24-hour period. Keep stress to a minimum and monitor feed intake closely. The feeder should be empty by the next day’s feeding. Two-thirds of the unborn rabbits’ growth occurs in the last 10 days of gestation.
  • Does at kindling: Limit feed to two to three ounces the first day to help prevent caked udders. Gradually increase the feed thereafter according to breed and litter size until the doe is on full feed.
  • Lactating does and bunnies: Does and litters should receive feed free choice. Monitor feed consumption carefully to eliminate waste. Be sure to check under the cage to see if young rabbits are kicking feed out of the feeders and adjust accordingly. A doe’s milk production is highest three weeks after kindling, at which time her nutritional needs are at their peak.
  • Does at weaning: Wean litters between five and seven weeks. Always take the does away from the litter, leaving the young rabbits in the cage where they are comfortable.
  • Show rabbits: As the show date approaches, adjust the feeding rate to help maintain proper weight and condition. Performance Rabbit Feed is a complete show formula. Adding show supplements may result in an unbalanced diet.

Important Management Tips

Important management tips

  • Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Salt spools should also be available.
  • Clean hutches regularly, including feeders, water dishes and automatic watering systems.
  • Keep rabbits dry and out of direct sunlight and heat.
  • Provide good ventilation inside the rabbit house, but avoid drafts.
  • Sprinklers and foggers may be used for cooling, but never directly on rabbits.
  • When breeding, take the doe to the buck’s cage to help eliminate fighting. Breed does at six months of age and bucks at seven to eight months.
  • Clean manure from under cages to prevent ammonia build-up, which may be a major cause of respiratory problems.
  • Do not feed leafy green treats to rabbits. A small piece of carrot, potato or apple (one ounce) is an appropriate treat.
  • If your rabbit goes off feed, check to be sure the water is clean and that its droppings are normal. Soft, sticky droppings may be an indication of illness.
  • If a digestive upset is evident, remove all feed and provide clean straw for the rabbit to eat. Continue feeding straw until the rabbit has recovered. Then, gradually reintroduce Performance Rabbit Feed until the rabbit is on full feed.

Please refer to the bag tag for important information!