Hay is an essential part of a rabbit’s diet that should be given in unlimited amounts. To be able to give it to your bunnies, you need a good hay holder or feeder that will ensure this essential bunny’s food remains clean, dry, and not tossed around, creating a mess in your house or hutch.
Whether you opt to buy one or make one at home, a good rack should be durable, sturdy, easy to install, access and clean. Also, it should create less mess. Going for a larger one is a good idea for people who have several bunnies.
Types of rabbit hay holders
Unless your rabbit is litter trained, you need to ensure you get a place to put hay or foliage for them to eat. We do not encourage a huge one since bunnies prefer fresh foliage daily and not the leftovers.
There are many types these racks or feeders that come in many designs which can be made of wood, plastic or metal (wire or metal bars). Should you go for wooden, plastic or metallic?
Wooden hay racks
A wooden hay rabbit feeder can be mounted, free-standing or hanged, some with a top opening. If you opt for a free-standing one, go for a study one to avoid it being tossed around.
Ensure the top is narrow to stop rabbits from jumping on to their top. Whereas some have wider tops where rabbits can sit on them, this is not a good idea since it can pee on them, thereby damaging the wood which should be untreated.
Finally, if your rabbits love chewing, it is not the best kind you should buy since they will continually damage it.
They are inexpensive and can be fixed or hanged anywhere in your cage or hutches. Ensure the openings or space between bars or wires on the racks is narrow to stop rabbits from getting into it or getting hurt.
Most designs made of plastics often have a front metallic grate. You need to ensure the plastics are safe (BPA free plastic and non-toxic) and they are hard to chew.
Rabbit hay ball
There are several brands including the SNNplapla Hay Manger Food Ball and Ware Manufacturing. These types are normally hung inside your cage and are made from metal.
Toys hay racks
These are rabbit toys designed in a way that they can hold some foliage to make eating a little more fun. Examples include the Veggie Ball and the Living World Tree House Roll and
Using a rabbit hay feeder and litter tray
When using it, the best option is placing the rack directly in front of your litter box to give your bunnies a chance to eat while they poop. Some designs have a litter tray, and rack combined such as the Rabbit Hay Feeder with Litter Box.
Best rabbit hay feeders and foliage feeders
It is a fact that there are many hay feeders on the market, which will work well. It all depends on your needs and your cage or hutch type. Some of the popular brands include the following:
Kaytee Hay n Food Bin Feeder with Quick Locks
This large combo feeder comes assorted colors is made using a composite of wood and plastic and has a quick lock to help secure the feeder wherever you place it.
It will dispense pellets as well as hay to your rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small animals without spilling it all over as this will create a mess and result in wastages.
The relatively large size of 53/4-inch long, 53/4-inch, wide, 7inch high means it can hold a substantial amount of hay, which should be supplied in unlimited amounts.
Note that the Kaytee Gravity Bin Feeder is only suitable for pelleted foods where it has many benefits.
Less Wasted Hay Rack Manager by Mkono – best for baby pets
If you have a baby pet, this Less Wasted Hay Rack Manager by Mkono will be very handy. This brand can be connected to any wire cage, is made of safe, tough, and durable plastic with steel edges to stop bunnies from chewing it.
Furthermore, the front side has metal grate for holding forage in place, ensuring less wastage. It will supply hay generously while minimizing spillage and keeping your bunny cage very clean.
Finally, it measures 51/2 inches in length, 3 ½ inches in width, and 7 3/8 inch in height. Your bunnies, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small pets will enjoy using it.
Kaytee Rollin’ The Hay Rabbit Feeder – Hay and Grass Buffets
Roling the Hay bunny feeder is an excellent way of letting your bunnies forage, and they enjoy rolling or playing with this rolling rack. This is a creative, easy to use feeder which can be placed on the floor, mounted on the stand, or hanged inside your bunny enclosure.
With this Kaytee brand, you have a chance to add charm to your enclosure as it is available in several colors while ensuring there is no soiling of hay, leafy greens, or foliage.
Besides your bunnies, you can also buy it for your guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small pets. It measures 5.5″ long, 5.5″ wide, 7.25″ high.
Living World Hay Feeding station hay wheel
Living World Hay Feeding station is an innovative feeder wheel that is easy to use and encourages natural foraging rabbit behavior. Your hay will remain clean, and the food is accessible from the back, front, and even sides.
It measures 5.1 inches in length by 5.1 inches in width by 7 inches in height and will keep eating fun as they will be rolling or spinning the wheel too.
To install it, leave it free-standing, place it on a stand, or install in in your cage. Whatever way you prefer, your food will remain clean.
Ware Manufacturing Hay Ball Feeder
This hay ball feeder is one of the inventive ways to feed hay or even treats to your pets while ensuring the chances of it getting soiled scattered remains minimal. Also, it will ensure minimal food wastages. Its fun ball shape that features buffet bells will keep your pets enchanted.
If longevity is one of your considerations, this Ware Manufacturing brand measuring 4 inches in width by 4 inches depth by 81/2 inches in height will not let you down as it is chew-proof, thanks to its powder-coated metal construction. All you need to do is to stuff in their food and hang it anywhere in your cage.
An excellent alternative to this hay balls is the Kaytee Veggie Basket, which will equally serve you well. However, it is much smaller, making it ideal for vegetables and other fresh treats.
Trixie Natura Wall-Mounted Hay Rack Manger, Rabbit, and Guinea Pig Feeder
This is a simple bunny feeder made using powder-coated metal and comes with mounting screw designed for hay, grass, and vegetables. Only buy this brand if you have a solid wall where you can mount it as it may be challenging to attach it on wire cages.
It measures 8.6″ L x 6.3″ W x 2.3″ H in dimension, will prevent spillage or soil of your pet’s food and will work best with Trixie natural hutches such as Trixie Rabbit Hutch with Sloped Roof.
Small Pet Select Hand Made Hay Manger
Small Pet Select Hand Made Hay Manger a prodigious design making it one of its own. It is made from wood and has no nails, glue, or screw. Just bunny safe rope and openings for feeding.
You have a chance of choosing a larger or smaller one, depending on the size of your pet. The smaller working for bunnies below six bounds, including mini Rexes and mini lops and the large one if your rabbits are above six pounds.
It works best if placed over your litter box, and if you have guinea pigs, buy a large one since they tend to eat more.
Kaytee Hay Manger with Salt Hanger
This is a simple hay manger which, unlike the Trixie Natura Wall-Mounted Hay Rack Manger that requires a solid wall, can be mounted on a wire cage. It is a great way to offer your pet with no only hay but also veggies, grass, and other fresh, safe plants.
No food will fall on the floor as this increases the chance of wastages as well as soiling.
Additionally, you will get a salt spool hanger for salt salvors such as Kaytee Mini Salt Savors.
Niteangel Grass and Food Double Use Feeder box
The Niteangel Grass and Food wooden manger is a 2 in 1 (combo) manger with a lower compartment for pellets while the upper one is for grass or hay, including alfalfa. It will ensure not only clean but also a generous supply of hay.
The wood used is durable and safe in case your pet’s chew it, and it measures 7 inches high, 6.3 inches wide, 5.8 inches depth, making it ideal for your bunnies, guinea pigs, hamsters, and other small animals.
Ware Manufacturing Hay Rack
This metallic, chew-proof, powder-coated rack will ensure your hay stays fresh, reduce wastage, and help in keeping your bunny enclosures less messy. Its large size that measures 91/2 inches long, 4 inches wide, 71/4 inches high will keep a generous amount of hay and reduce the need to replace it after now and then.
Most buyers are happy with the various colors it comes in as well as how easy it is to mount. Mount it on the outside part of the place where your cage has a wire mesh.
CalPalmy Hay Feeder/Rack
Like most of the other brands, this rack is made of a safe plastic with metallic grates on the front side to help hold foliage in place, making it less messy. It helps minimize wastages, is durable and easy to install.
If the safety of the material used is your main concern, this bran is made from non-toxic plastic-free from PBA. Furthermore, it is strong, durable, and comes with a screw style mount for holding it in place. You will take less than 30 seconds to install it.
Finally, before you buy it, you derve to know that it measures 5.5″ X 3″ X 7.4′. Check to ensure that your bunny enclosure has enough space to mount it.
Zswell Hay Food Bin Feeder, Hay and Food Feeder Bowls Manger Rack 59
The Zswell bin feeder is an ideal choice of a feeding rack if you have guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas, and other small pets. It is a 2 in 1 brand with a place for your grass and another for pellets (an upper compartment with grate is for hay and low pellets). It will ensure your pet’s food doesn’t spill as this will make it get soil and increase wastages.
Unlike other brands, you will have to mount this feeder from inside. It has a Cross turnbuckle behind its back for attachment anywhere inside your cage.
This feeder is made using FDA approved BPA free plastic material that has been thickened to make it durable with a front part covered with metal to prevent chewing. Furthermore, you get a lifetime warranty for this beautiful brand that comes in various colors!
We noted that Sxbest 2 in 1 Food Hay Feeder for Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Indoor Hay Feeder for Guinea Pig, Rabbit is a look-alike and did not see the need to review it separately.
SunGrow Rabbit Hay Rack
This rack is a mess-free dispenser ideal for hay, alfalfa, or any other grass that will ensure they remain clean and dry all times. No food will fall to the floor or be scattered to avoid soiled with feces and urine.
Cleaning it is a breeze. You need to discard any remaining food, wipe it with a damp piece of cloth that has a mild detergent and wipe it again with a wet clean fabric only. Let it dry thoroughly before returning it to your hutch.
Will it last long? Yes. It is made from hard plastic and metal and has a spring-loaded grate for holding food in the place. Furthermore, it is easy to install as you will connect it directly from the outer side to any part of your cage that has a wire.
Finally, to refill this rack designed for guinea pigs, hamsters, bunnies, chinchillas, and other small animals, lift the spring-loaded grate and add more foliage. It size, which measures 7″ (height) x 4″ (depth) x 6″ (width) will hold enough food for your pet.
Andwe Hay Feeder Cylindrical Stand Feeding Manager
This cylindrical wooden feeder with vertical pillars placed at some reasonable distance to enable your chinchilla, bunny, or other small pets to access food from every angle is an excellent addition to your hutches. It is aesthetically appealing and will serve its role well.
Its large size ( 9.7-inch Height and the diameter is 7.6-inch) allows it to hold substantial grass or hay, and its standing design allows you to place it anywhere in your pet’s enclosures. Alternatively, you can let your pet roll it as it eats, making it a good toy. However, ensure you first close the cover.
To refill it, just remove the top cover and add more.
Other Good Hay feeders
Besides the above, you can also try the following as many rabbit keepers do mention them. While some are popular, they are either small or may look like some brands we have already looked at.
- Ware Manufacturing Hay Feeder with Salt Lick for Small Pets
- Kaytee Rabbit Hay Buffet Feeder with Snap-Lock Lid (Colors May Vary)
- Precision Pet Hay Manger
- Kaytee Hay Feeder for Small Animals
- Lixit Hay Rack
- KISSTAKER Hay Rabbit Feeder, Pet Rack Manager for Guinea Pigs Chinchilla
- M-Aimee Alfalfa Hay Feeder Manger Rack for Rabbit Guinea Pig Chinchilla
- Super Pet Natural Small Hay Manger
- Intrepid International Hay Rack-Wall Mounted
- Mkono Plastic Cage Feeder Food n Water Hay Bowl Dish
If you need any of the above brands or any other, you will not miss them in your local pet stores. Alternatively, you can purchase them at Amazon.com, Etsy.com, eBay.com, PetSmart, Walmart among many other places.
Homemade or rabbit hay feeder DIY
Instead of spending money to buy these feeders, you can make your own at home. You will use things such as old boxes, plastics, baskets, shopping bags, wood, and so on to repurpose them to be used in feeding your rabbits hay.
If you want to learn how to make a hay rack, we have included a video and a few images to help you get the idea.
Hay holder safety
The agile and inquisitive nature of rabbits can make some of the foliage feeders a risk especially those that have slots or holes for pulling foliage. Such can trap their leg or head as they try to climb or enter them.
You need to carefully choose yours and consider the size of your bunnies and go for those while smaller holes. Also, place it strategically where your rabbit may be unable to climb them.
Finally, ensure there are no sharp edges on your feeder since it may injure your rabbits especially if you decide to make them at home.
Note that designs which limit the amount of hay that can be pulled out at once will be recommended since they will ensure your bunny does not pull all the foliage out.