Last updated on October 31st, 2018 at 05:56 am
Rabbits need not only to be given a safe housing, the right diet, water and be groomed, but also to be monitored closely to ensure they are healthy and happy.
To save you the effort and time checking if they have food or water all the time, you can opt for automatic waters and feeders. Note that, even after all these, you still need to check on them to ensure all is well.
Since we already covered something on automatic rabbit watering system, let us focus on automatic rabbit feeders where you can opt for commercially available ones or make some simple ones such as the PVC pipe rabbit feeders.
Is an automatic rabbit feeder for everyone?
Whether you rear bunnies as pets (in a single house or multiple ones), you have a farm, pet store or you constantly travel, an automated feeding system will go a long way in ensuring your schedules are not interrupted.
Here are some of the benefits of going for an automatic feeding system as opposed to the manual where you must give your bunnies food twice a day.
- Time saving – It will save time, especially to people who have a lot of commitments. When you decided to have a bunny, it means you had made up your mind to be able to take good care of it and ensure it is happy. Automatic feeders can be helpful.
- Easy rabbit feeder plans – Even if you have a lot of time, unless you set a reminder, you may still forget to give your bunnies food at the right time. The automated rabbit feeder comes with a feeding plan which will automatically be executed.
- Reduces wastages – Since it dispenses small amounts of food at a time, it keeps the rest of the food fresh, clean and reduces wastages.
Best automatic feeder brands
If you need them, you will get from the simpler brands to advanced ones that might come with LCD display, timers, among other features to enable you set up rabbit feeding plans.
Some of the best brands in the market include:
PETFLY Remote Control Automatic Feeder
Equipped with an LCD display, battery, a voice recorder and remote control, this feeder is durable and can be programmed to give up to 5 meals a day with 12 portion option each being about 25 grams.
It has a total capacity of 10.6 liters and its transparent hopper is easy to monitor to see amounts of food remaining.
DecoStain Programmable Automative Pet Feeder
This brand is equipped with an LCD display, dual power source and it allows you to set feed portions ranging from 1 to 12 portions for the selected up to three meal options daily.
It has a voice recording, can hold up to 5 liters of dry food of diameter between 5mm to 15mm and will remind you when its power goes low.
The other one that is equally good is Andrew James 4 Day Automatic Pet Feeder
PVC Automatic homemade rabbit feeders
With a few tools and raw materials, you can make your own automatic rabbit feeder. Most of them will use gravity and only dispense more food as your rabbits eat.
A good example is the one made from PVC pipes. Here is an illustration of the automatic DIY PVC rabbit feeder.
One downside of the homemade ones is you may not be able to control how much your bunnies are going to eat. If they eat too much, they may be overweight and obese.