Your rabbits need to be fed with the recommended diets to ensure their wellbeing. To effectively do so, you need to have right types of rabbit feeders and waterers which will make sure your bunnies can have access to the required food and water.
The feeders must remain hygienic, and be enough to last them a whole day without having to refill again.
Choosing a feeder
There are many types, ranging from the homemade to automatic ones made from different materials including wood, metal, ceramics, and plastic. The choice of a bunny feeder will depend on several things.
Some of the factors to consider when you are choosing a good feeder to include the following:
- Size – Will it hold enough food to last at least the whole day or several days for the number of bunnies you have? The amount required will depend on your bunny size and needs as well as your feeder sizes, i.e., large rabbit feeders will last longer. You should also consider your rabbit feeding schedule and avoid overfeeding them. To ensure they are not obese, regularly monitor their weight
- Easy to use and safe – Is it easy to use or can it be easily accessed by your rabbits? Is it safe? Some made from wire can trap your rabbits in them.
- The material of construction – Do you want a wooden, plastic, metallic or a ceramic one.
- Price – Is it within your budget limit
- Suitability – Is it suited for the type of food you will be giving your bunnies? For instance, hay feeders may be slightly different from those used to give your bunnies pellets.
- Rabbit friendly – Was it specifically designed for small pets such as bunnies, guinea pigs, chinchillas, among others that have similar eating needs?
- Minimize wastages – go for designs that minimize wastages by holding your bunnies’ food well with minimal chances of the food falling off, being soiled or wasted.
- Less messy – The feeder should hold food in place, keep it fresh for longer times and prevent spillage or the food falling off.
- Feeding system – Of the two feeding operations, the limited and free choice, you need to decide which one to go for since some feeders such as crooks and bowls may cause wastages if you go for free-choice feeding system.
- Type of food – Is it used for hay, pellets, cereals, leafy greens, fruits or vegetable.
- Means of refilling – Do you refill from outside, inside or must you remove the feeder to be able to fill it?
Besides the above factors, consider its durability, space it will consume if you opt for a rabbit hutch, how straightforwardly you can add more food, can it be fixed to avoid being tossed around, among many other factors.
Designs to go for
When it comes to designs, you will get designs slightly varying from various manufacturers. Some of the typical designs you will get in the market for sale include the following:
- Hay ball or rolling hay ball
- Combined hay and pellet feeders
- Crocks, bowls or dishes including corner dishes
- Feeders with bottom sifters or perforated bottoms (gets rid of finer particles, dust and minimizes wastages and chances of food being soiled). Good for pellets.
- Food funnels and gravity feeders – which continually dispenses food as your bunny eats them using gravity. Suited for pelleted foods.
These are not the only designs as you will get many more designs from various manufacturers. We only gave you a few standard types.
Types of bunny feeders
All these and many designs can be made of wood, metallic, plastic, composite material or ceramics. Let us look at each briefly.
Metal rabbit feeders
These include the wire, metallic, and galvanized aluminum feeders. They are chew-proof and durable.
You will get designs suited for placing them inside your cage or those from the outside part. They can be used for hay, pellets and other foods.
If made from wire, the design should ensure bunnies cannot get stuck in them since they are curious creatures that may want to try just anything.
They are relatively durable and come in many designs including the gravity automatic ones and bowls. The plastic must be chew-resistant. Sometimes, a composite of plastic and wood is used.
You will also get wooden ones some of which are free standing and can be placed anywhere in your coop or house. Many experts do not recommend unless they are made from untreated and safe hardwoods. This is because rabbits will tend to chew them.
Besides, if bunnies continuously urinate on them, they will ruin them.
Best rabbit feeder brands
With all the details we have seen, it is time to list some of the best brands in the market as well as mention a thing or two about each of these brands.
Kaytee Gravity Bin Feeder
According to the Kaytee.com, it is the “most efficient and convenient means of supplying up to 5 days’ worth of pellets, grains or seed mix diets to Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets or Chinchillas.”
It is made from a chew resistant high-quality polymer, has a locking snap-lock bracket for holding it and can be mounted on the inner or outer side of your cage.
Also, it has sifter floor to ensure fine dust particles are sifted downwards and thus will prevent chances of respiratory problems.
Miller Galvanized Rabbit Feeders by Little Giant Outdoor Living
This is a galvanized rust-resistant, unchewable metallic feeder with strong attaching hooks and can be refilled from outside or inside. It is the first choice if you want minimized food spills and card holder for keeping feeding records.
Kaytee Hay n Food Bin with Quick Locks
It is large and comes with separate compartments for hay and foods as well as quick locks to attach it to your cage. This bin made of wood and plastic composite is easy to clean and will leave your hutch clean without food mess all over.
Sifter Pet Feeder with Lid by Ware Manufacturing
It comes with hooks for attachment, it can keep food that can last for up to 5 days and has a chew-proof powder metal coat. Also, it features a bottom sifter,and it will reduce food wastages and reduce the mess in your cage.
Prevue Pet Products SPV3500 Metal Small Animal Bin
This gravity feeder is made of powdered coated metal and can hold food for up to five days. It has attachment hooks and can be attached inside or outside your cage.
Besides the above, other good brands for your bunnies include the following.
- 48-Ounce Rabbit Feeder Water Fountain by Lixit Animal Care
- Super Pet Hay Manger
- Precision Pet Hay Manger
Rabbit feeding time – Bunnies are crepuscular animals. Therefore, they eat at dawn and dusk, when there are few predators. These are the times you need to ensure they have enough food.
Rabbit Feeders price
Their prices depend on their quality, size, and material of construction with the average price of rabbit feeders ranging from $ 8 to $ 30. Larger ones will be above $20 while smaller ones will cost below $10.
To cut on their prices consider buying rabbit feeders in bulk. You will find them on Amazon.com, eBay, Chewy, Walmart, etc., including and your local pet stores.
Rabbit feeders homemade
If you do not want to spend money on buying them, you can make yours at home. There are many rabbit feeders DIY online guides including videos that can be of much importance. There are even ones to help you make an automatic rabbit feeder.
To see how you can make a DIY PVC rabbit feeder watch the video below and use this resource
For steps on making a while rabbit feeder, Instructables.com has got you covered